Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has called for an “urgent” end to his country’s ban on women driving, posting on Twitter to “Stop the debate: Time for women to drive”.
Alwaleed is an unusually outspoken member of the Saudi royal family who holds no political posts but chairs Kingdom Holding Co, whose interests include US banking giant Citigroup and the Euro Disney theme park.
In addition to his short tweet, Alwaleed’s office issued a statement on Tuesday outlining his reasons for supporting an end to the ban.
“Preventing a woman from driving a car is today an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity,” Alwaleed said “They are all unjust acts by a traditional society, far more restrictive than what is lawfully allowed by the precepts of religion.”
“Having women drive has become an urgent social demand predicated upon current economic circumstances,” he added.