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Saudi women gear up for new freedom as driving ban ends

Updated : June 23, 2018 06:11 PM IST

The lifting of the ban, which for years drew international condemnation and comparisons to the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan, has been welcomed by Western allies as proof of a new progressive trend in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi women with foreign licenses only began converting them earlier this month, so the number of new drivers is expected to remain low at first.
The decision to lift the ban in the tightly-controlled Muslim kingdom - where once-forbidden cinemas and concerts have also returned - is expected to boost the economy, with industries from car sales to insurance to reap returns.
Saudi women gear up for new freedom as driving ban ends

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