December 17, 2014 - The Saudi English language daily, the Arab News, issued the following. A link to the story is here, and the text is below.
The Shoura Council will discuss the issue of women’s driving but this must
take place within its rules and regulations, the head of the
consultative legislative body said recently.
Al-Asheikh said the council is not avoiding the issue but “it is
important that the discussion occurs within regulations and according to
He said the council did not reprimand three
members recently who spoke to the media after it refused to discuss the
women’s driving issue. He said the council had merely pointed out that
the proposal did not comply with regulations.
He said the council is
currently looking to boost its online presence by developing its website
and opening accounts on YouTube and Twitter. Over the past 20 years,
the Council of Ministers has issued more than 900 decisions based on the
recommendations of the Shoura Council, he said.
In a recent
interview, Al-Asheikh said the council would discuss all topics that
fall within its powers and functions, including general development and
economic plans, social plans, annual performance reports, rules and
regulations, international treaties, and other national priorities.
response to a question about how the council operates with 30 women
members, Al-Asheikh said: “The council has welcomed the historic
decision by King Abdullah to appoint Saudi women to one of the most
important national decision-making bodies because he saw the need to