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On Tuesday, Salman bin Abdulaziz, the king of Saudi Arabia, (sign) a royal decree (permit) Saudi women to obtain a driver's license and (drive). The new decree (be) under effect from June 2018. After the (sign) of the landmark decree, Saudi's foreign affairs ministry (tweet), "By order .. Traffic system (allow) women (drive) the car in the Kingdom"

Last year, prince Alwaleed bin Talal (issue) a statement in support of (eradicate) this ban. The prince said, "Preventing a woman from (drive) a car is today an issue of rights similar to the one that (forbid) her from (receive) an education or (have) an independent identity". He (add), "They are all unjust acts by a traditional society, far more restrictive than what (allow, lawfully) by the precepts of religion." The prince also cited economic concerns. In his statement, he (say) families (have) to rely on drivers when a female member (have) to travel, which could be (avoid) if women (allow) to drive. He said, " (have) women drive (become) an urgent social demand (predicate) upon current economic circumstances".

Adapted from "Saudi Arabia allow women to drive"
Photo credit: Saudi women walk inside the Faysalia shopping centre in Riyadh by Tribes of the World