Saudi Arabia Agrees to Let Women Drive

Yemen's Hadi sees only a military solution to crisis-Arabiya TV

"For many years ago I have hoped that women will be given the same rights as men".

The black-and-white image shows King Faisal, Saudi Arabia's third monarch, signing the United Nations Charter in 1945, with the diminutive Jedi master Yoda perched next to him.

We take into consideration (or we study) the pros of allowing women to drive and the cons of banning them from driving, while taking into account the necessary legal rules and adhering to them. "Ever since Mohammed bin Salman's rise, he has fast-tracked all the changes that are needed for our country", said Marwa Afandi, a 35-year-old event planner in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. Saudi women remain largely under the whim of male relatives due to guardianship laws.

It is believed that beyond the effects it could have on Saudi Arabia's image overseas, letting women drive could help the Saudi economy.

Some women have been arrested and jailed for defying the ban.

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Speaking in NY on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi also told the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya channel that a plan to hand over control of the country's main port to a neutral party remained blocked by the Houthis and their ally, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

That has sparked tensions with influential clerics upon whose support the ruling family relies.

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced that it would allow women to drive, state media reported. Some Saudi women have been fined and imprisoned for daring to get behind the wheel.

The decision could also have broad economic impacts, making it possible for women to get to work without a driver but also curbing the popularity of auto hailing apps like Uber and Careem.

The committee has 30 days to provide its recommendations, the decree said, so that the new policy can be carried out starting on June 24.

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