80 women likely to enter fray

Updated 10 June 2015
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80 women likely to enter fray

DAMMAM: Around 80 Saudi women may fight the municipal elections that will be held in December, activist Fawziya Al-Hani has said. “Saudi women will remove any shortcomings in the municipal councils,” she added.

Al-Hani revealed that there are at least 10 women in each administrative province, which means a total of 80 candidates who will vie for seats in the civic council.
An aspirant, Hanan Mohammad Al-Dahham, said she wants to fight the elections as she wishes to serve the residents of her area. “I will focus on charity and voluntary work and fulfill my social responsibility.”
Al-Dahham, who is a member of the National Committee for the Retired, has boldly expressed her intentions to enter the election fray.
Praising Al-Dahham for her courage, Al-Hani praised said many aspirants are not revealing their intentions to file the nomination papers for fear of getting their election strategy stolen.
She has urged the women aspirants to get involved in the election process. “Fighting an election requires courage because women will be exposed to the public, in addition to the risk of losing money in the elections if they lose.”
Saudi women will have a unique experiment in fighting elections and competing against men, Al-Hani said, pointing out that women will prove an asset to the municipal councils because of their innovation and creativity.
Al-Dahham said she is honored to be the first Saudi woman to nominate herself for the elections, saying she took the decision the moment the late King Abdullah announced the participation of women in elections as candidates and voters.
She said that although women will compete against men, religion, modesty and morals will not be compromised.
Al-Dahham said she has prepared a distinguished election program and studied the situation of the municipal councils during the past sessions. She said her past experience in councils’ memberships have given her wide practical experience, in addition to her knowledge of Arab and Gulf municipal councils.
She stressed that women’s entry into municipal councils is to develop, exchange experience and present the problems of women, especially after some municipalities opened female sections.


Saudi Arabia is Lebanon’s ‘main supporter’

Saudi Ambassador Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari added that “the cowardly attack on the vital oil installations does not only target the Kingdom but the whole world. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia is Lebanon’s ‘main supporter’

  • Saudi National Day celebrations held in Beirut

BEIRUT: Celebrations of Saudi National Day held on Sunday at the Saudi Embassy in Lebanon was marked by the positive exchange of solidarity messages.
The political, cultural, social and diplomatic crowd that attended expressed Lebanon’s solidarity with Saudi Arabia against any attempt to harm the Kingdom’s sovereignty.
Saudi Ambassador Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari chose the square of the National Museum in Beirut as the location for the celebration.
In a speech, Bukhari said: “Your sincere love for my country has repeatedly shown the depth and solidity of ties between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, based on goodness, peace, justice and brotherhood.”
He said the square was chosen as “it represents the unity of all Lebanese brothers, in their different sects, and their devotion for their coexistence history.”
“Today, we celebrate the past of a glorious nation and its bright present, reflected in the era of King Salman by an insightful vision and firm positions dealing with crucial issues on the local, regional and international levels and giving the Kingdom its true status: A pioneer on the Arab, Islamic and international levels.
“Saudi National Day this year is being celebrated in light of exceptional developments in the region and numerous challenges facing the Arab countries, with Saudi Arabia on top of that list, as it still is a victim of aggressions with clear objectives and intentions.”
The envoy added that “the cowardly attack on the vital oil installations does not only target the Kingdom but the whole world. It is an attack on the global energy supply for international markets.”
Bukhari reiterated his country’s condemnation of the attack. “It targets the global energy supply, and is a continuation of the previous attacks against the Kingdom, with arms of Iranian origin,” he said.

We are also looking forward to maintaining the Saudi-Lebanese relationship.

Alain Aoun Lebanese MP

He recalled the words of King Abdul Aziz, who said: “Lebanon is part of us. I protect its independence myself and will not allow anything to harm it.”
The celebration continued with fireworks lighting up the skies above Beirut. Children of Saudis residing in Lebanon also attended the event. They walked down the red carpet that covered the road leading to the National Museum, with green scarves around their necks, emblazoned with the countries’ flags.
A Saudi folk dance group performed the traditional Ardah dance. Lebanese poet Talal Haidar delivered some popular recitations. Photos of King Salman and Lebanese President Michel Aoun were hung up on the museum’s walls, where a visual presentation was displayed.
Aoun was represented by Lebanese Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri by MP Ali Bazzi and Prime Minister Saad Hariri by MP Bahia Hariri.
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam told Arab News: “The organization of this celebration outside the National Museum in Beirut is very important for the historical relationship between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. Today, we hope for this relationship to keep growing in favor of both countries.”
Bahia Hariri told Arab News: “We hope that stability will keep reigning in Saudi Arabia, and for the Kingdom to continue supporting the whole Arab region and its stability.”
Free Patriotic Movement MP Alain Aoun told Arab News: “We hope Lebanon remains an intersection point for friendly countries, including Saudi Arabia. We are also looking forward to maintaining the Saudi-Lebanese relationship.”
Minister Akram Chehayeb told Arab News: “The Kingdom has always been the main and permanent supporter of Lebanon, on all levels and during the good and bad times. The Kingdom represents the Islamic Arab center in the Arab world. We hope it overcomes the difficult situation in the Arab Gulf, and comes out victorious and gracious.”