Today, Saudi Arabia King Salman issued a historic statement that will finally allow women to be able to drive in the country. Hopefully, Saudi women will have licenses by June of 2018.







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Today (Tuesday), Saudi Arabia King Salman issued a historic order, according to which women will be able to drive and receive licenses in the country. Saudi Arabia is a Muslim monarchy ruled by Sharia law.

The decision was announced on state television and in a statement to US news outlets. According to the statement, the sexist policy strongly damaged the country’s international reputation and they hope that the reform will improve Saudi Arabia’s image.

Despite the announcement, it will still take time until Saudi women will actually drive. This is partly due to the fact that the country’s society doesn’t consist of a lot of interactions between the sexes and police has yet to outline a plan. In order to deal with the issue, the order instructs a ministerial committee to convene in 30 days and hopefully implement the order by June of 2018.