The King of Saudi Arabia has issued a decree allowing women to drive, state media has said.
The order — issued by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud — overturned a longstanding policy which had become a powerful symbol of oppression. The conservative kingdom is currently the only country where the act of women driving is forbidden.
The move was announced on television and also by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the royal decree mandating the creation of a ministerial body to give advice on the practicalities of the edict within 30 days and a full implementation of the order by June 2018.
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