Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pushed through social and economic reforms as part of plans to modernize the conservative Muslim kingdom and attract foreign investment under a diversification drive.
Under his reform plan, known as Vision 2030, the crown prince lifted a driving ban on women, allowed adult women to travel without permission from guardians, and granted them more control over family matters.
But the reform plan has been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent, including on women's rights activists.
Saudi Arabia has restricted the haj to Saudi citizens and residents for the second year in a row, barring millions of other pilgrims from abroad in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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