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Saudi Arabia to Allow Women to Drive

Last edited 27th September 2017

Saudi Arabia to Allow Women to Drive

SAUDI Arabia will allow women to drive from next June, in an historic decision that makes the Gulf kingdom the last country in the world to permit women behind the wheel.

King Salman on Tuesday ordered the reform in a royal decree, requesting that men and women be issued with drivers’ licences.

The shock announcement comes after a years-long resistance from women’s rights activists, some of whom were jailed for defying the ban on female driving.

The decision risks riling religious conservatives and is part of the government’s major reform drive, conceived by powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“The royal decree will implement the provisions of traffic regulations, including the issuance of driving licences for men and women alike,” the Saudi Press Agency said.
Image credit AP Photo/Hasan JamaliSource:AP
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