Newly appointed female member of the Shoura Council Thuraya al-Arrayed spoke to PRI’s The World yesterday. She said she was not surprised by her selection. She also said two things that seem contradictory. “You can’t bring change, bang them on the head with it, and expect it to succeed. It has to grow roots,” she said, before adding, “I would also say that in our case it has been proven that a decision from above is always more successful than leaving it to people to haggle about.” You can listen to the whole interview below.