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Two Million Saudis Lose Cash Aid When They Can Least Afford It

  • Program intended to ease pain of prince’s economic overhaul
  • Half of all Saudis had been covered by the Citizen’s Account

Saudi Arabia has removed two million people from an assistance program meant to soften the blow of its economic overhaul, stirring frustration among some during the worst downturn in decades.

Officials began to scale back the so-called “Citizen’s Account” program in April, when they suspended new applications, set an upper limit for payouts and tweaked eligibility rules. The number of beneficiaries began to fall and the drop has accelerated. In July alone, 1.3 million people lost payments.