The first Saudi Arabian election in which women will be allowed to vote, and are allowed to appear as candidates, got off almost without a hitch: one day one of the campaign, two feminist activists, Nassima al-Sadah and Loujain Hathloul, were informed without explanation that their candidacies had been annulled.
Over 900 female candidates are running alongside thousands of men in municipal elections scheduled to take place on December 12.
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Hathloul was arrested last December and detained for more than two months when she attempted to drive into Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates, in open contempt of the Saudi ban on women driving.