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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Men in Saudi Arabia are voting in local elections, the second-ever nationwide vote in the oil-rich kingdom. Women don’t have the right to vote this time around, but will be able to do so in 2015.

Thursday’s elections are for 1,056 local council seats. The vote was initially due in 2009 but was postponed.

Saudi Arabia held its first nationwide election in 2005, also for local councils.

The kingdom has 1.2 million registered voters out of 5 million men who could be eligible to vote.

An ultraconservative nation, Saudi Arabia does not have a parliament. It has a Shura Council, an advisory assembly appointed by the king.

King Abdullah on Sunday decreed that women will also be appointed to the all-male chamber, which debates general policies but has no legislative powers.