Move coincides with crackdown on female activists who long opposed the ban

Saudi Arabian women are celebrating being able to drive for the first time in decades, after the kingdom overturned the world’s only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility.

The move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s wide-ranging drive to modernise the conservative petrostate – but it has coincided with a sweeping crackdown on female activists who long opposed the driving ban.

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