Saudi Arabia says it will start allowing women to drive

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Prince Khaled, the ambassador, said women would not need permission from their guardians to get a licence or have a guardian in the vehicle and would be allowed to drive anywhere in the kingdom, including the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Others argued that allowing women to drive would lead to promiscuity and the collapse of the Saudi family.

Bin Salman, who was appointed by his father to the position of crown prince in June, is seen as a major power in the country and is expected by many to be named king before too long.

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When Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi Arabian native and activist, videotaped herself driving a vehicle in 2011, the decision landed her in jail for nine days.

The U.S. State Department reacted to the news by saying it is a "great step in the right direction".

After years of global attention, Saudi Arabia has reversed its longstanding prohibition on women driving.

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The kingdom had held out on allowing women to drive, despite a number of social openings and gains for women, including granting women the right to vote and run in elections for the first time in late 2015.

Women have grown increasingly bold in protest of the ban, leading up to Salman's decree, with some even getting behind the wheel in open defiance of the ban.

Some reactions to Tuesday's announcement reflected that.

"As far as I remember, Sharia scholars have said it was haram (forbidden) for women to drive".

Many Saudi women rely on ride-sharing apps like Uber and Careem to take relish some freedom of movement.

"Congratulations to all my ladies, this is a real victory".

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