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Saudi Arabia to let women drive -- and double size of auto market

Kingdom wants to invite auto industry and create jobs as it shifts 'post-oil'

In October 2013, many Saudi women got behind the wheel to protest the ban.   © Reuters

DUBAI -- Saudi Arabia's King Salman recently announced a plan to lift the country's ban on women driving, which has been fiercely criticized by international human rights groups.

Aside from the gender equality issues, the ban has considerably undermined economic efficiency by limiting employment opportunities for women.

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