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Lifting of Saudi Arabia driving ban a political distraction?

A royal decree has allowed Saudi Arabian women to drive

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a decree which allows women to drive for the first time. In a statement to the UN, a representative from Saudi Arabia announced it was a "historic day for Saudi society".

Madawi al-Rashee, a Saudi Arabian professor of social anthropology at LSE said that women's issues have always been used by the Saudi regime to disperse bad publicity.

(Image: Saudi Arabian woman getting out of a car, credit: AFP/Getty Images)

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