March 3, 2005

NATURAL DEMOCRATS:

Saudi Arabian Voters Flock to Polls (Greg LaMotte, 03 March 2005, VOA News)

Voters in Saudi Arabia flocked to the polls in the continuation of a three-stage voting process to elect local council members. Voting took place in the eastern and southern provinces of the country, as the kingdom begins a cautious process of reform. [...]

According to the government, voter registration in some eastern cities reached over 45 percent, much higher than in the capital Riyadh where only 30 percent of the registered voters went to the polls.

Large numbers of Shiite Muslims live in eastern Saudi Arabia where riots occurred following the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran.

Since then, many Shiites have complained of discrimination by the government which is controlled by Sunni Muslims. Shiites, who make up about 10 percent of Saudi Arabia's population of 17 million, complain they are not allowed to worship freely, study their own religion, and face job discrimination.

Shiite leaders in the country urged voters to go to the polls. And, about 200,000 Saudi citizens registered to vote in the Eastern Province.


It's time for George W. Bush to start appealing over the heads of the Iranian mullahs directly to our allies in the street.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 3, 2005 11:14 AM
Comments

Where is the oil? The same place as the Shites?

Posted by: Bob at March 3, 2005 12:14 PM
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