I couldn't find this item in the Irish Times, Irish Independent or Irish Examiner this morning, but yesterday two Saudi women became the first women to ever win gain elected office in their country. They were elected to seats on Jeddah's Chamber of Commerce.
This is a result of the pressure being exerted by the Bush Administration for change in Saudi Arabia. Same with the elections in Egypt. The results may not be what the US wants, but there's no doubt that for good or ill the Bush Administration has decided that the US will continue to press for greater liberty and democracy in the Middle East.