Saudi Arabia to let women drive

Saudi Arabia has announced it will now allow women to drive, reversing a longstanding rule.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz signed a royal decree requesting that drivers licences be issued to women who want them, local media reported on Tuesday (local time).

A ministerial committee has been formed to prepare for the order's implementation. It has 30 days to make recommendations which will be put into action in June 2018.

The announcement specified that women will be allowed to drive "in accordance with the Islamic laws".

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where a ban on women driving still existed.

In recent years, a number of activists defied the ban, leading to their arrests.