Women allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia

Women in Saudi Arabia will soon have the right to drive, according to a royal decree issued by the country’s King Salman.

The kingdom has long been the only country in the world where women are prohibited from driving, and the longstanding ban has been the subject of extensive protests in and outside the country.

In the royal decree issued on Tuesday, King Salman ordered that an ministerial body would implement the change by June 2018, following a consultation over the next 30 days.

The decree referred to the “negative consequences of not allowing women to drive the vehicle and the positive aspects of allowing it”.

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