Saudi Arabia on Monday began issuing its first driving licences to women in decades, officials said, just weeks before the historic lifting of the conservative kingdom’s ban on female motorists.
Ten women swapped their foreign licences for Saudi ones in multiple cities, including the capital Riyadh, as the kingdom prepares to end its ban on June 24.
The move is part of a much-publicised liberalisation drive launched by powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he seeks to modernise the state.
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