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Saudi women take victory laps as driving ban ends

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Women in Saudi Arabia took to the roads, ushering in the end of a ban on female drivers.

The driving ban was lifted at midnight local time yesterday. It was the only country left in the world where women could not drive.

The end of the ban was ordered in last September by King Salman as part of sweeping reforms pushed by his powerful young son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The public security directorate reported no unusual incidents one hour after the ban ended. The number of new drivers remains low, as women with foreign permits only began converting them earlier this month.

Others are training at new state-run schools, with 3 million women expected to drive by 2020.


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