Alhurra and Radio Sawa provided thorough coverage of the Saudi municipal elections on Dec. 12, 2015. These were the Kingdom’s first ever nationwide elections in which women were able to stand for office and vote. There were 978 female candidates and 5,938 male candidates vying for 2,106 seats on 284 councils whose powers are restricted to local affairs. The pledge to allow women to vote and run was made by the late King Abdullah following the 2011 Arab Spring political upheaval in the region.
Alhurra-Iraq announces the launch of a new program From Erbil, which reports from the streets of Kurdistan and focuses on the plurality of Iraq, discussing topics that are important to all Iraqis. It sheds light on issues that affect people living in the province, such as human and minorities rights, violence against women, unemployment and problems in the agriculture and tourism sectors. From Erbil airs every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Baghdad time and is the latest program from the Raise Your Voice campaign.