Saudi king decrees women be allowed to drive

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"The fact that women are now getting the opportunity to drive legally, something we take for granted in the USA and really in any modern country, is a major step towards allowing for more rights for women, civil rights for women", Stur said.

NORTHAM: This television anchor broke the news, saying, this is a day women in Saudi Arabia have been waiting for a really long time, King Salman's royal decree that any woman who wants one could get a driver's license. The order is effective immediately, although the rollout could take months, said the Saudi Press Agency.

Indeed, after years of fervent internal activism, Saudi women can finally obtain a vehicular license - all without the permission of a legal guardian or parent and without a male guardian in the auto with them. The decision highlights the damage done to the kingdom's global image from the ban on women driving and Saudi's hopes for a public relations benefit from the reform.

On Sept. 27, his government announced that the ban on female driving would be lifted, starting next year.

Those arrests were not directly related to the driving ban, but apparently to an ongoing crisis with Gulf rival Qatar, said Jane Kinninmont from London-based Chatham House.

With more than half the country aged under 25, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the architect of the reforms, is seen as catering to the aspirations of youths.

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"Saudi Arabia will never be the same again".

It was unclear whether women would require their guardian's permission to apply for a driving licence. Women already dominate men in numbers at universities.

This great news has made even the USA president, Donald Trump, happy and to congratulate Saudi Arabia for the decision to join the rest of the world in allowing woman to drive. This means less than one-third of the world's lawmakers are women. The ban holds women back from jobs, leaves them dependent on male relatives or drivers.

Therefore; adopt the application of the Traffic Regulations and its executive list - which include issuing driving licences to men and women alike, and forming a high-level committee of ministries (including the Interior Ministry, Finance Ministry, Ministry of Labour and Social Development) to study the necessary steps needed to implement the regulations. President Trump has commended the kingdom's decision to affirm the right of women to drive in the country.

According to the clerics, the majority of Council members saw no problem with women driving as long as there were guarantees and laws to maintain the respect and dignity of women, Efe reported. Ms. Al-Sharif, for example, is a cybersecurity expert who once worked at the state-owned Saudi Aramco before she became fed up and moved to Australia.

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