Royal Decree Allows Saudi Women Access to Public Services

Women rest after casting their votes at a polling station during municipal elections, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 12, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

Jeddah- Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz on Thursday issued a directive relieving women from the prerequisite of obtaining the consent of guardians in order to receive public services, “unless there is a legal basis for this request in accordance with the provisions of Islamic law.”

King Salman bin Abdulaziz had passed the notice over to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, who is also Interior Minister. MORE