Saudi Arabian Women To Be Allowed To Drive

But female candidates weren't allowed to speak to male voters and couldn't have men and women mixing in their campaign offices.

Families who hire foreign drivers could save 3,800 riyals ($1,000) a month on average if women were allowed to drive, he noted.

A ministerial body will be set up to give advice and the royal order will be implemented by 24 June, 2018.

But the women will not be able to drive tomorrow.

Saudi Arabia wants to seek publicity and promote itself as a different kingdom than the one that we know. This is often a relative or the woman's husband.

Her movement, even in the initial stage, gathered a lot of attention, she was, however, sent behind bars for 9 days for going against the rules.

So why has "the ban" been lifted now?

Still, lifting the driving ban on women could help the country's worldwide reputation.

The crown prince says it was "the right decision at the right time".

Another Twitter user referred to vehicle insurance significantly increasing in Saudi Arabia in the wake of the decree.

The progressive Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, son of King Salman from his third wife, was made heir-apparent in June.

She celebrated the change by posting a photo of herself behind the wheel of a auto. One activist, Sahar Nassif told the BBC she "couldn't believe it".

But not everyone is happy.

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What have reactions been around the world?

They were echoed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who hailed the Saudi King's decree and touted it as an important move.

"This is a historic moment for Saudi Arabia".

In February, three top jobs in finance, including the head of the stock exchange, were filled by women.

Saudi leaders also hope the new policy will help the economy by increasing women's participation in the workplace.

On Saturday, hundreds of Saudi women took place for the first time in a stadium in Riyadh, on the occasion of the national holiday, which has given rise to the concerts and fireworks.

And before the news King Salman was scrapping the ban on driving, he ordered workplaces to provide transport for female workers.

While Ford said "A momentous day for women in Saudi!" Under the country's draconian "guardianship" laws, women aren't permitted to travel, work or undergo a range of medical procedures without the consent of a male "guardian".

"We pay respect to the women and men who have fought in this struggle".

Expatriate women, once obliged to veil, now get away with only an abaya.

The shock announcement, which risks riling religious conservatives, is part of Saudi Arabia's ambitious reform push aimed at adapting to a post-oil era and improving a global reputation battered by its human rights record.


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