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Women to be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh / Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz ordered Tuesday the issuing of driver’s licenses to women, who up to now have been banned from driving in this ultraconservative Muslim land.

The official Saudi news service SPA reported that the royal order will take effect next June, but offered no further details about the measure.

The monarch also established a committee made up of members of the Interior, Labor and Social Development Ministries and of the Treasury, which must present its recommendations about the matter within a period of 30 days.

According to SPA, the committee will study methods of applying the king’s order and modifying traffic laws to include “men and women alike.”

The news agency said the decision was taken after the majority of members of the Ulama Authority of the kingdom said they would not oppose women driving as long as it is done in accordance with Islamic Sharia law “to avoid any problems” that might arise.

The order is also based on the negative consequences of not allowing a woman to drive a vehicle and the foreseeable advantages of allowing her to do so, according to SPA.

Up to now, women have not been allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia and needed a private chauffeur or a male relative to take her from one place to another.

Women’s rights activists have campaigned for years to have the ban on women driving lifted, among othr reasons because it has led to the arrest of dozens of Saudi females who have dared to get behind the wheel as a form of protest.

The measure comes within the reforms that King Salman has been carrying out since he ascended to the throne in 2015, and which have brought some small improvement to the lives of Saudiwomen, who are still subjected to a system of being in the custody of men. (September 27, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En la noticia se dice que...
A
se está debatiendo si las mujeres pueden o no conducir en Arabia Saudí.
B
se ha rechazado una propuesta para que las mujeres puedan conducir en Arabia Saudí.
C
se permite que las mujeres conduzcan en Arabia Saudí.
Question 2
Según el texto,a partir de hoy las mujeres ya pueden conducir en Arabia Saudí.
A
Verdadero.
B
Falso.
C
No se sabe.
Question 3
En la noticia se dice que...
A
esta orden ha sido emitida sin consultar a los miembros de la Autoridad de los Ulemas del reino.
B
los miembros de la Autoridad de los Ulemas no se han opuesto a esta orden.
C
los miembros de la Autoridad de los Ulemas del reino son los que han emitido esta orden.
Question 4
Antes de que se aprobara esta orden...
A
las mujeres tenían total independencia a la hora de desplazarse en un vehículo.
B
las mujeres dependían de otras personas para poderse desplazar en un vehículo.
C
las mujeres no podían desplazarse en ningún vehículo aunque fueran acompañadas.
Question 5
Durante años muchas mujeres saudíes reivindicaron el derecho a poder conducir.
A
Falso.
B
Verdadero.
C
No se sabe.
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