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>> It's just after midnight in Riyadh, and Majdouline Al Attik is about to do something she has never done before, legally drive on Saudi Arabia's roads.>> It feels weird. I'm so happy. There's no words can explain what I'm feeling right now.>> On Sunday, Saudi Arabia lifted the world's last ban on women driving.
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It's long been seen as a symbol of women's repression in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. The ban's lifting, part of the series of reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is hailed by Western allies as proof of a new progressive trend. But as Reuters' Stephen Kalin explains, there's still a long road ahead.
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>> The truth is that only a small percentage of Saudi women have actually received their licenses so far. Most of the women who are driving today have lived abroad, so they're definitely belong to a certain strata of society. And we still have yet to see how society will respond when more and more women take the road.
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>> Across the country driving schools for women have opened, women car accident inspectors are being trained to deal with incidents involving female drivers, and there are plans to open holding cells for female traffic violators. It's also expected to boost the economy, with industries from car sales to insurance set to reap the rewards.
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But this reform had also been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent, including against some of the very activists who previously campaigned against it. They now sit in jail as their peers take to the road.