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KSA may ease citizenship regulations

The Saudi government is considering the cancellation of a key condition stipulating that the grandfather of a Saudi mother should be Saudi for granting citizenship to her children, Arab News has reported, citing a high-level source. The reversal of this condition will give applicants additional points to qualify for citizenship. Saudi women have opposed the condition, saying it is unfair and prevents their children from acquiring citizenship. The Civil Affairs Department, however, said it neither denies nor confirms the report. "We have also heard the same report. At the same, we have not heard about any changes in citizenship conditions," said spokesman for the department, Mohammed Al-Jasser.