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A historic day for Saudi women, US presidential daughter Ivanka Trump says

US presidential daughter Ivanka Trump has congratulated Saudi women after King Salman’s order to allow them to drive. (Reuters)
DUBAI: US presidential daughter Ivanka Trump has congratulated Saudi Arabian women after King Salman issued an order allowing them to get behind the wheel.
“Today was a historic day for women in Saudi Arabia as a decree was announced to lift the ban on women drivers. #SaudiArabia,” Ivanka, who has 4.62 million followers, posted on Twitter.

King Salman’s decree orders the formation of a ministerial body to advise on the practicalities of the edict within 30 days and to ensure the full implementation of the order by June 2018.
The prohibition, long-considered as a social issue in the Kingdom, has been the center of extensive debate in government, media and social circles.
“This important step in the right direction! #SaudiArabia,” Ivanka tweeted.

Ivanka describes herself as an “advocate for the education & empowerment of women & girls” in her Twitter account.
UN-Secretary General Antonio Guterres, on his official Twitter account, also chimed in, and described the Kingdom’s decision to allow women as an “important step in the right direction.”

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