Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, speaks during a press conference at the United Nations' offices in Riyadh on January 19, 2017. / AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE
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Saudi Arabia's government should end the kingdom's ban on women driving and reform the male guardianship system, a United Nations independent expert said Thursday.Philip Alston spoke at the end of a 12-day visit during which he met cabinet ministers, people living in poverty, activists, Islamic experts and others.This is obstructing the economic and social progress which the oil-rich kingdom aims to achieve under a wide-ranging reform program released last year, said Alston, the U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
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