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Saudi Arabia to hold municipal elections in April

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia is to hold municipal elections from April 23 at a time of pro-democracy uprisings across the Arab world, the official SPA news agency announced. “A committee has been formed… to oversee next month?s municipal council elections,” it said in an official announcement late on Tuesday,…

US hails ‘positive steps’ by Bahrain monarchy

WASHINGTON – The United States welcomed peacemaking moves by Bahrain’s monarchy Tuesday, as tens of thousands of protesters descended on the heart of the capital Manama in a massive anti-regime rally. The US State Department said it commended steps taken by King Hamad and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad in…

Saudi reformers start Facebook group

DUBAI – Like their Arab neighbours using the web to rally against their regimes, Saudis seeking political, social and economic reforms have created a group on Facebook that by Tuesday had nearly 2,000 members. “The people want to reform the regime” group calls for a constitutional monarchy, transparency, legislative elections,…

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