Its being hailed as landmark decision and congratulations are pouring in from across the world as Saudi King Salman on Tuesday approved that women be allowed to drive from next June. The longstanding driving ban was seen globally as a symbol of repression of women in the Gulf kingdom and comes after a years-long resistance from female activists.
The decision, which risks riling religious conservatives, is part of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious reform push aimed at adapting to a post-oil era and improving its battered global reputation for its human rights record. “King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud has issued decree authorising the issuance of drivers’ licences for women in the kingdom,” Saudi state TV said. “The decree will take effect in June 2018.” Saudi Arabia will use the “preparatory period” until t ..