Saudi women driving ban lifted: Euphoria and sarcasm

Yemen News Agency (SABA

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Loujain Halthloul, a Saudi activist who was imprisoned for 72 days in the winter of 2014 for attempting to cross the UAE border into Saudi Arabia in her auto, tweeted two words: "Thank God".

With amendment of former King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in Saudi Arabia on September 25, 2011, women were entitled to participate in 2015 elections and were partially elected and elected.

This royal decree comes amid a reform last week that allowed women into the national stadium for the first time, where they were celebrating the 87th anniversary of its founding with concerts and fireworks.

Salman says women won't need permission legally from a male guardian to get a driver's license and won't need a guardian in the vehicle with them to drive.

She also warned that the decision was aimed at diverting attention from Saudi Arabian human rights abuses, such as the arrest of political dissidents.

"It is a testament to the bravery of women activists who have been campaigning for years that the government of Saudi Arabia has finally relented and made a decision to permit women to drive", said Philip Luther, Amnesty International's Research and Advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa.

But for now, Saudi women are finally in the driving seat.

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The decision risks riling religious conservatives and is part of the government's major reform drive, conceived by powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi rights activist Sahar Nasief, who lives in in the Red Sea city of Jiddah, has for years been involved in the campaign for women to drive.

Youssef, a professor at King Saud University, says women will continue to push for an end to male guardianship laws that remain in place, which give male relatives the final say on issues like the right of women to travel overseas, obtain a passport and marry.

He also detailed the "economic costs" of women having to rely on private drivers or taxis, since public transit is not a viable alternative in the kingdom. She immediately opened Saudi state TV to confirm if it was true.

"Today it's especially clear that this includes moves that've always been thought of by Saudis as politically risky", she said. "They want to live how other people are living". Never mind driving a auto, which is coming, no doubt...

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. But it won't take effect until June 2018.

Salman says women won't need permission legally from a male guardian to get a driver's license and won't need a guardian in the vehicle with them to drive.

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