Saudi women driving ban lifted: Euphoria and sarcasm

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Prime Minister Theresa May meets King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia in Manama Bahrain

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Beyond the effects it could have on Saudi Arabia's image overseas, letting women drive could help the Saudi economy.

A committee will now be put in place which will spend 30 days organising the implementation of the decree.

Some hit back at sexist jokes that flooded Saudi Twitter in the wake of the driving ban being lifted, reminding people that Saudi Arabia has one of the world's highest vehicle accidents rates, while only men are driving.

A hole was poked in that restriction last week, with women allowed to enter a sports stadium in Riyadh for Saudi National Day - in a family section, away from single men. "While there is no law formally banning female drivers, the government does not give them licenses".

"If by June next year women in Saudi Arabia are driving the streets without fear of arrest, then this will be a cause for celebration".

Lifting the driving ban is part of a broader reform underway in Saudi Arabia led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi officials and clerics have provided numerous explanations for the ban over the years.

Under these laws, women can not travel overseas, work or undergo some medical procedures without the consent of their male "guardian", often a father, a husband or even a son.

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Another prominent voice was billionaire businessman Prince Alwaleed, who in the past had spoken out in support of allowing women to drive.

In recent years, many women have come to rely on ride-sharing apps like Uber and Careem to gain some freedom of movement.

Nauert is calling it "a great step in the right direction for that country". She immediately opened Saudi state TV to confirm if it was true. Speaking to The Associated Press from Riyadh, she said women were "happy" but also that the change was "the first step in a lot of rights we are waiting for". "Things have to change". They want to live better.

Batrawy reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. "If a crisis erupts, we must drive for the sake of our families".

And because the country - with the help of God - is the guardian of Islamic values, it considers preserving those values one of its priorities, in this matter and in others, and will not hesitate to take any means to ensure the security and safety of its society.

A royal decree was also issued to enable Saudi women to get a driving licence, allowing them to drive.

Following which, the government will have to implement the decree until June 24, 2018.

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