The Associated Press reports:
Wait Until 2018
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time, state media say.
Government ministries are to prepare reports within 30 days and the order will be implemented by June 2018, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world to forbid women from driving. A committee will be formed to look into how to implement the new order.
Under the Current System
Under the current system, only men are allowed driving licences and women who drive in public risk being arrested and fined.
Because of the law, many families have had to employ private drivers to help transport female relatives.
Rights groups in the kingdom have campaigned for years to allow women to drive, and some women have been imprisoned for defying the rule.
“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 (SPA) said.
A committee will be formed to look into how to implement the new order.
Just yesterday The Economist posted a documentary short about the woman who made international news for defying the rule.
Women will not have to get permission from their male guardians to take driving lessons, and would be able to drive anywhere they liked.
What was the reaction?
The move was welcomed by the US state department, which called it “a great step in the right direction”.
Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul, who was detained for 73 days in 2017 for flouting the ban, tweeted “thank God” following the announcement.