Women should be allowed to drive in the Kingdom, says Saudi Prince
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal issued a public call for women to be allowed to drive in the conservative kingdom, tweeting in Arabic and English: “Stop the debate: Time for women to drive.”world Updated: Nov 30, 2016 18:18 IST
A Saudi prince has issued a public call for women to be allowed to drive in the conservative kingdom.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal made the call on Twitter, tweeting in Arabic and English: “Stop the debate: Time for women to drive.” His tweet late Tuesday included links to an opinion article arguing for the change that cited economic, social and religious considerations.
Alwaleed does not hold a formal position in the Saudi government. The billionaire leads the Riyadh-based investment firm Kingdom Holding Company, which holds stakes in several Western companies, including Twitter.
Saudi Arabia follows an ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam. It is the only country in the world that does not allow women to drive, and women’s rights activists have been detained for defying the ban.
First Published: Nov 30, 2016 18:17 IST