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Saudi Women Cleared To Ride Bikes In Public, With A Condition

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Saudi Arabia is easing up on strict rules unfavourable to women, as Saudi women have been allowed to ride buggies and bikes in public after the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice lifted a ban on them.

Under the new rules, women can use parks, esplanades and open desert areas and enjoy themselves as long as they are modestly dressed, sources from the Commission told local Arabic daily Al Youm.

More importantly, a male relative should be present to ensure he can provide prompt assistance in case of falls or accidents, the source said.

Also, women wishing to ride the buggies or bikes should avoid places where there are assemblies of young people, so as to protect themselves from physical or verbal harassment and possible theft.

However, women are warned to ensure the bikes and buggies are used only for recreational purposes and not as permanent means of transport.

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The rules apply to Saudi women only as the Commission said that it never barred foreign women from riding buggies or bicycles.

In the conservative monarchy, women are not allowed to drive.

A traffic official told Al Youm that they were not involved in the decision to allow women to ride bicycles or buggies or any other means of transport.

“Our concern is the positive traffic culture and full compliance with traffic rules and regulations by all drivers and riders,” Ali Al Zahrani, the spokesman for the Eastern Province Traffic, said.

Many Saudi women are happy with the new development. Samia Al Bawardi, the head of an NGO for the victims of car accidents, however warned women about riding bicycles and buggies.

According to her, “Wearing abayas — the coverall worn by Gulf women — and erratic driving could result in terrible accidents”.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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