Saudi Changes Meet Resistance From Traditional Clerics


A plan to diversify the economy requires loosening rules in a society suspicious of Western influence

RIYADH—As Saudi Arabia tries to overhaul its oil-dependent economy and loosen rigid social codes, the monarchy faces resistance from religious conservatives who are among the most powerful forces in Saudi life.
The success of the kingdom’s economic plan, known as Vision 2030, depends in part on relaxing stern social strictures that have governed the kingdom for decades.