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Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of their husband or a male relative, as the kingdom pushes to expand a fast-growing private sector. The policy change, announced by the Saudi government Thursday, also marks a major step away from the strict guardianship system that has ruled the country for decades. While women still face a host of restrictions in the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor's office this month said it would begin recruiting women investigators for the first time.
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