Saudi woman named to senior govt post

Rijadh traffic on the King Fahd Road

Some African countries took sides in the diplomatic row with Chad recalling its ambassador from Qatar "for consultations" after Senegal recalled its envoy citing its "active solidarity" with Saudi Arabia.

The change, which will take effect in June 2018, was announced in a royal decree read live on state television and in a simultaneous media event in Washington.

The decision reflects not only a shift in thinking about human rights but a desire to develop modern skills among half its population, women, who are still largely kept out of the new, non-oil industries. The Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Khaled bin Salman, says women will not need to get permission from a legal guardian to get a license nor need one in the auto when they drive.

In the meantime president's daughter, Ivanka, has congratulated Saudi Arabian women after king Salman issued an order allowing them to get behind the wheel.

Those arrests were not directly related to the driving ban, but apparently to an ongoing crisis with Gulf rival Qatar, said Jane Kinninmont from London-based Chatham House.

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The Somali president, accompanied by government officials, also held meetings with the Saudi crown prince Mohamed Bin Salman in Jeddah and they discussed issues including economic partnership among others. According to The New York Times, the delay is due to various bureaucratic gaps that would make it hard for women to to obtain licenses or learn how to drive.

Loujain Halthloul, a Saudi activist who was imprisoned for 72 days in the winter of 2014 for attempting to cross the UAE border into Saudi Arabia in her vehicle, tweeted two words: "Thank God". Women already dominate men in numbers at universities.

One Saudi woman tweeted a picture of three women in a convertible going shopping, with the message: "Us soon". Many working Saudi women spend much of their salaries on drivers or must be driven to work by male relatives. The scholars see no reason not to allow women to drive as long as there are legal and regulatory guarantees to avoid the pretexts (that those against women driving had in mind), even if they are unlikely to happen.

"It is wonderful", said Fawziah al-Bakr, a Saudi university professor who was among 47 women who participated in the kingdom's first protest against the ban - in 1990. Ms. Al-Sharif, for example, is a cybersecurity expert who once worked at the state-owned Saudi Aramco before she became fed up and moved to Australia.

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