Times are changing – and the pressure for modernization grows in Saudi Arabia.
A court ruling sentencing a Saudi woman to 10 lashes for breaking a ban on female drivers has been annulled by Saudi King Abdullah amid intensifying criticism against the verdict.
A Saudi government official announced the monarch’s decision on Wednesday without offering further details, AP reported.
[..] Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans female drivers. Contrary to some press reports by Western media, the ban has no Islamic basis and reflects radical interpretations of Wahhabi clerics that guide the US-backed Saudi kingdom.