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 move by Saudi Arabia to give women more control over their life choices by further relaxing a male guardian system was tentatively welcomed Friday as another small step for women in the conservative kingdom.In Saudi Arabia, women live under the supervision of a male guardian, cannot drive and in public must wear head-to-toe black garments.Local media outlets reported this week that Saudi King Salman bin Abdel-Aziz has issued an order allowing women to benefit from government services such as education and health care without getting the consent of a male guardian.
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