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Islamists win Saudi local elections

Islamist candidates for the Tazkiyya party were declared the winners of the third and final stage of the local authority elections in Saudi Arabia, which were concluded last Thursday.

The results were published over the weekend, and left no doubt as to the true winners of the elections, reports the London-based daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat.

In Jedda, the Tazkiyya party won all seven seats in the local council. In Medina, the second holiest city in the Islamic world, Tazkiyya won six out of seven seats. Similar results were achieved in other cities in the western region, where the third round of voting took place.

Despite the Tazkiyya party’s victories, the planned reforms in Saudi Arabia are not expected to be seriously jeopardized, experts say. According to the election law, the royal family is still responsible for appointing fifty percent of all members of local councils.