Al-Shayeb is a Saudi writer, political activist, and an elected
Chairman of Qatif Municipal Council in the Eastern Province of Saudi
Al-Shayeb said: "There are many demands and many petitions being circulated.
Some people are calling for a constitutional monarchy, for fighting
corruption, for citizenship equality -- there's no real equality between
men and women, religious sects, there are tribal issues. I was elected in
the first municipal elections five years ago. Half the council is elected,
half appointed by the government. Women couldn't vote in those elections;
people are trying to change that too."