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Saudi prince wants end to ban on female drivers

RIYADH--An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince has called for an "urgent" end to his country's ban on women driving.

"Stop the debate: Time for women to drive," Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on his official Twitter account, @Alwaleed_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 U.S. 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.

"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.

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