Saudi women hold national flags as they walk on a street during Saudi National Day in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
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A senior Saudi preacher and a Health Ministry official said women should be allowed to work as paramedics and opticians, Saudi newspapers reported Monday, part of a push to relax strict labor codes in the ultraconservative kingdom.The government announced an economic reform plan in June that aims to increase the number of women as a proportion of the workforce to 28 percent from 23 percent by 2020 and to quadruple the number of women in senior civil service roles to 5 percent.Saudi Arabia is the only country where women are forbidden to drive, making it harder for them to get to work.
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