Women must drive, says Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal
Alwaleed is an unusually outspoken member of the Saudi royal family who holds no political posts but chairs Kingdom Holding Co., interests of which include US banking giant Citigroup and the Euro Disney theme park.
In conjunction with his short tweet, Alwaleed’s office issued statement Tuesday outlining his reasons for supporting an end to the ban.
"They are all unjust acts by a traditional society, far more restrictive than what is lawfully allowed by the precepts of religion."
He also detailed the "economic costs" caused by women having to rely on "foreign" private drivers or taxis. Even if their husbands can take time out to transport them, that requires temporarily leaving the office and "undermines the productivity of the workforce," he added.
"Having women drive has become an urgent social demand predicated upon current economic circumstances" the statement continued.
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