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Saudi Arabia has announced that it will allow women to drive

Saudi King Salman on Tuesday ordered that women be allowed to drive cars, state media said, ending the conservative Islamic kingdom’s status as the only country where that is forbidden.

A royal decree ordered the formation of a ministerial body to give advice within 30 days and then implement the order by June 2018, according to the state news agency SPA.

In May,  Saudi media outlets reported that the country’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud had issued an order allowing women to benefit from government services such as education and healthcare without getting the consent of a male guardian.

In December 2015, Saudi women were allowed to vote in municipal elections for the first time.

Laws Still In Force

  • Women are required to limit the amount of time spent with men to whom they are not related.
  • Women are not allowed to use public swimming pools available to men and can only swim in private ones or female-only gyms and spas
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