Hooray for women! Saudi Arabian King Abdullah has granted women in his country the right to vote and run for public office.
Not so much hooray- in order to participate in public life, women still need permission from a male relative. They also won't be able to start participating in the democratic process until the next election cycle, which won't happen until 2015.
Despite the delay in implementation, Saudi women are excited by the news. The BBC reports on a few of their reactions-
"I haven't been able to take my breath," said Hatoon al-Fassi, a university professor and women's rights activist in Riyadh.
"We're so excited. We believe it's the response to our demands, the first step in our long struggle to get our rights."
"I'm very happy about it," said Mohammed al-Zulfa, a former member of the Shura, who has long sought greater freedoms for Saudi women.
"The king knows what the silent majority thinks and today he told them: 'I know what you are thinking and I'm saying it now.'"
Some speculate that King Abdullah enacted these reforms in response to progressive political pressure from elsewhere in the Arab world. Others think that the grassroots "drive-in" protest that Saudi women participated in earlier this year may have influenced the King.