Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud n Tuesday announced by decree that the country will grant women driver’s licenses beginning next June.
The order was broadcast though Saudi Arabia’s state television channel 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 JURIST op-ed] in connection with cultural and religious beliefs associated with Sharia Law.
Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz , the Saudi Ambassador to the US, supported [RT report] the decree by saying it had become socially acceptable for women to drive as women are a growing economic force However, women may still need permission from their male family members to drive as the decree gives the committee the right to create guidelines within Sharia.
As carried in JURIST on 27.9.17