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Saudi cleric says women need not wear abaya robe in public

First such comment by senior religious figure comes amid liberalisation drive spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Saudi women should not have to wear the loose-fitting abaya robe to shroud their bodies in public, a senior cleric said, in the latest sign of a far-reaching liberalisation drive. “More than 90% of pious Muslim women in the Muslim world do not wear abayas,” said Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a member of the council of senior scholars – the kingdom’s highest religious body.
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