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September 27, 2017

Women in Saudi, allowed to drive

Women in Saudi

On September 26, Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud announced by decree that the country will grant women driver's licenses beginning next June i.e. June 2018.

The order was broadcast though Saudi Arabia's state television channel and stated that it would allow women the legal right to drive. The country is the only nation to outright forbid women from driving in any capacity due to the guardianship laws in connection with cultural and religious beliefs associated with Sharia Law.

The decree reads as follows:

We adopt the application of the provisions of the Traffic Law and its Executive Regulations—including the issuance of driving licenses—to both males and females, and to form a high-level committee of ministries of (internal affairs, finance, labor and social development) to study the necessary arrangements for enforcement; the implementation shall be—God willing—as of 10/10/1439 AH, in accordance with the approved Sharia and regulations and completion of what is required by it.

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