Late last night it was announced by the Saudi Press Agency that Saudi Arabia will soon grant women in the Kingdom the right to drive. It is the final county in the world to still ban women from driving, but the ban has been lifted by King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz.
According to reports, women could be issued with licences as soon as June 2018. The news has been labelled a "positive step" in promoting women's rights in the region.
BREAKING: Saudi Arabia says women will be allowed to drive for the first time.— The Associated Press (@AP) September 26, 2017
The BBC spoke to campaigner Sahar Nassif, who said that she was "very, very excited - jumping up and down and laughing". Adding, "I'm going to buy my dream car, a convertible Mustang, and it's going to be black and yellow!"
According to the BBC, the next steps include the establishment of a ministerial body, which will "be set up to give advice within 30 days", and then "the royal order will be implemented by 24 June 2018".
Naturally the news has been celebrated online, with many public figures and celebrities reacting to the news...
Congratulations to all women in Saudi Arabia! The ban on driving will be lifted next year & all women will have the right to drive #Progress pic.twitter.com/Zsc7gbMR8n— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) September 27, 2017
I welcome Saudi Arabia's decision to lift the ban on women drivers. An important step in the right direction.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) September 27, 2017
The news comes on the same day that the country appointed its first spokeswoman, Fatimah Baeshen.
"Proud to serve the @SaudiEmbassyUSA as the spokeswoman. I'm grateful for the opportunity, the support, and well wishes #KSA," the Saudi national wrote on Twitter, before adding her joy about the lift of the driving ban, "Pivotal moment in Saudi history: women granted the right to drive. #Progress #Vision2030".