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(BBC) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time, state media say.
Government ministries are to prepare reports within 30 days and the order will be implemented by June 2018, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world to forbid women from driving.
Rights groups have campaigned for years to allow women in the ultraconservative kingdom to drive, and some women have been imprisoned for defying the rule.
“The royal decree will implement the provisions of traffic regulations, including the issuance of driving licences for men and women alike,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
The move was welcomed by the US state department which called it “a great step in the right direction”.
The decree said that the move should “apply and adhere to the necessary Sharia standards”, but did not give details.
The SPA report said a majority of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars had backed the idea.
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