A royal decree allowing women in Saudi Arabia to drive for the first time has been welcomed by rights groups.
The order issued by King Salman is to be implemented by June next year.
In the decree, King Salman spoke of the “negative consequences of not allowing women to drive” and “the positive aspects of allowing it”.
The kingdom has long been the only state in the world where women are prohibited from driving, and the ban has been the subject of extensive protests in and outside the country.
For twenty-five years women in the kingdom have campaigned for the right to drive. Some have even risked imprisonment secretly defying the law.
King Salman has ended a ban on women driving in #SaudiArabia where Manal Al Sharif went to jail for it pic.twitter.com/zZVIY8qhIg— The Economist (@TheEconomist) September 26, 2017
Because of the law only allowing men to drive, many families have had to employ private drivers to help transport female relatives.