(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) -- Saudi Arabia will let women drive cars starting next year, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud announced Tuesday.
The Gulf nation had been the only one in the region to forbid female drivers. Under the policy change, women will be able to operate motor vehicles beginning next June, Saudi officials said in an announcement on state television and in a simultaneous media event in Washington.
Saudi Arabia, which is the birthplace of Islam, operates under Shariah law. The nation's Muslim clerics have continually defended the practice of banning women drivers.
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