French newspaper Le Monde lauded on Wednesday the Saudi royal decree that allows women to drive in a report titled “Revolution in Saudi Arabia: women take the wheel”.
The French newspaper said that lifting this restriction, which has weighed heavily on Saudi Arabia's perception of international public opinion, is the outcome of a struggle that began almost thirty years ago.
It is part of the program of economic and social modernization carried out at no charge by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, who is the man-orchestra of the regime, it noted.
"It is a day of hope," Hodal Al-Helaissi, a member of Majless As-Shoura, the consultative assembly, was quoted as saying by the French newspaper.
By not depending on a driver to move, the Saudi women will be able to take a larger place in society and in the economy. It was time,” she added.
The decree of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdelaziz orders "to issue driver's licenses indifferently to men and women".
The king urged the Ministers of Interior, Finance and Labor to make the necessary arrangements so that the measure would be implemented by June 2018.
According to the newspaper, conscious of the resistance that his announcement might give rise to, the Saudi crown prince specified in the decree that it has the support of the Supreme Council of the Ulema, the highest religious authority in the country.