Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Saudi billionaire and founder of Kingdom Holding Co., speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview at the MiSK Global Forum event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal said Twitter Inc.s chief executive officer, Jack Dorsey, needs more time to turn around the micro-blogging site. Photographer: Mohammad Obaidi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A member of the Saudi royal family has broken with long-established tradition and called for the country to allow women to drive.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal posted a letter Tuesday titled “It is High Time that Saudi Women Started Driving their Cars,” to his Twitter account. Saudi Arabia is the only country where it’s illegal for women to drive.
“Preventing a woman from driving a car today is an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity,” he wrote.
Alwaleed went on to list financial, economic, social, religious, and political factors that women should be allowed to drive there.
Alwaleed wrote that allowing women to drive cars would lead to job growth, and notes that it comes as a “necessity,” not a “social luxury” as it has been in the past—writing that there’s an “urgent social demand predicated upon current economic circumstances.”
But Alwaleed’s …
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