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Dateline MEI Introduction Contemporary Review of the Middle East 3(1) 1–2 2016 SAGE Publications India Private Limited SAGE Publications sagepub.in/home.nav DOI: 10.1177/2347798916637498 http://cme.sagepub.com In October 2015, President Pranab Mukherjee undertook a six-day three-state visit to the Middle East. His was the first presidential visit not only to Israel and Palestine but also to the Kingdom of Jordan since India gained Independence in 1947, thereby underscoring prolonged Indian neglect of the region. Moreover, since the visit of President Pratiba Patil in November 2010, there was no visit by the Indian President, Vice-President or Prime Minister to any Arab country. On December 12, Saudi Arabia held its third municipal elections and the first one since Salman took over as the King. As promised by King Abdullah in 2011, for first time women were allowed to take part in the election both as voters and as candidates. Even though two-thirds of the members were elected this time as against half in 2005 and 2011, the popular participation was not high and only 20 female candidates were elected. The execution of popular Qatif-based cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr on charges of sedition, disobedience, and inciting violence in early January marked a new phase in the Saudi http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Review of the Middle East SAGE

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© 2016 SAGE Publications India Private Limited
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2347-7989
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2349-0055
DOI
10.1177/2347798916637498
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Introduction Contemporary Review of the Middle East 3(1) 1–2 2016 SAGE Publications India Private Limited SAGE Publications sagepub.in/home.nav DOI: 10.1177/2347798916637498 http://cme.sagepub.com In October 2015, President Pranab Mukherjee undertook a six-day three-state visit to the Middle East. His was the first presidential visit not only to Israel and Palestine but also to the Kingdom of Jordan since India gained Independence in 1947, thereby underscoring prolonged Indian neglect of the region. Moreover, since the visit of President Pratiba Patil in November 2010, there was no visit by the Indian President, Vice-President or Prime Minister to any Arab country. On December 12, Saudi Arabia held its third municipal elections and the first one since Salman took over as the King. As promised by King Abdullah in 2011, for first time women were allowed to take part in the election both as voters and as candidates. Even though two-thirds of the members were elected this time as against half in 2005 and 2011, the popular participation was not high and only 20 female candidates were elected. The execution of popular Qatif-based cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr on charges of sedition, disobedience, and inciting violence in early January marked a new phase in the Saudi

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Published: Mar 1, 2016

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