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Former Saudi minister says women driving in kingdom 'inevitable'

Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah said women need to be empowered

Former Saudi minister says women driving in kingdom 'inevitable'
Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah, a former Saudi minister for education, said allowing women to drive in the kingdom was inevitable. (AFP/Getty Images)

A former Saudi minister has added to the growing numbers saying women should be allowed to drive in the kingdom in the near future.

Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah, a former Saudi minister for education, said allowing women to drive in the kingdom was inevitable.

“The ban on women driving has been imposed on us, and women in the past used to lead their own camels. Women need to be empowered because they represent more than half of the society and they are highly dependable,” Prince Faisal told Rotana Khaleejia television.

“Maybe some people are afraid of change, but it is inevitable. Change in all cases must start from within and women need to prove their success and their positive influence on society,” he added.

Prince Faisal’s comments come after the head of Shoura Council’s committee on economy and energy voiced his support for allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia.

Abdulrahman Al Rashed said in April this year that Saudi traffic department does not have a law to prevent women from driving.

“The question is how to enable them to drive - if there is a clear regulation that allows women to drive ‘then I am with it, especially as there is no Sharia restriction on the issue’,” he said.

In November Prince Alwaleed bin Talal called for 'urgent' end to his country's ban on women driving.

In series of tweets, Prince Alwaleed said "Stop the debate: Time for women to drive."

"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 added.