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Saudi Arabia appoints female minister

Mon, 02/16/2009 – 9:44am

Encouraging news from the kingdom:

An expert on girls’ education became Saudi Arabia’s first woman minister on Saturday as part of a wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle by King Abdullah that swept aside several bastions of ultra-conservatism.

Nora bint Abdullah al-Fayez, a US-educated former teacher, was made deputy education minister in charge of a new department for female students, a significant breakthrough in a country where women are not allowed to drive.

Saudi Arabia appoints female minister | FP Passport.

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