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Sep 19, 2018 | 17:14 GMT

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Saudi Arabia: Cabinet Approves New Measure to Cover Water Bills for Citizens

What Happened: Saudi Arabia's Cabinet approved new measures on Sept. 18 for the state to pay water bills for some of its citizens on welfare programs, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.

Why It Matters: The new measures reflect Saudi Arabia's continued efforts to moderate its reform initiatives as it attempts to overhaul its economy without prompting significant public opposition.

Background: As part of Saudi Arabia's efforts to overhaul its economy through the Vision 2030 plan, the kingdom has reduced subsidies for many basic utilities.

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