Saudi Arabia says plans municipal elections in April

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia plans to begin municipal elections, the first political concession from the conservative U.S. ally since protests sweeping the region reached the kingdom, a government website said on Wednesday.
"The first phase of the elections will start on Saturday, 19/5/1432," it said, a date in the Islamic calendar that is likely to fall on April 23.
The announcement on the website of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs did not say if women would be able to take part or give more details.