Saudi billionaire says time to end driving ban for women

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has called for an “urgent” end to his country’s ban on women driving.

“Stop the debate: Time for women to drive,” Prince Alwaleed said on his official Twitter account.

Alwaleed, chairman of Kingdom Holding, is a longtime advocate of women’s rights in the kingdom, which has some of the world’s tightest restrictions and is the only country where they are not allowed to drive.

In conjunction with his short tweet, Alwaleed’s office issued a statement 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 in the statement cited by AFP.

He also detailed the “economic costs” caused by women having to rely on “foreign” private drivers or taxis.

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