Progress or Sham?
So Saudi Arabia is holding its first ever elections
on the local level for municipal councils and the like. These elections conveniently coincide with a human rights conference happening in the kingdom around the same time.
This is sort of like the Chinese experiment in local elections. It's nice to see but I wonder how serious the ruling family is about reform. Surely they understand that if more elections were held for higher-level offices, all their people would be voted out in a landslide.