Buzz in Saudi Arabia as Deputy Crown Prince supports women driving

, 4:53 PM IST

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in an interview with the Bloomberg news agency, signaled out that he may support lifting the ban on women’s right to drive.

The 30-year-old prince is making an effort to broaden the views of “those who distort the facts of the religious establishment in order that women don’t get their complete rights granted them by Islam.”

“We believe women have rights in Islam that they’ve yet to obtain,” he said.

With current titles that include Minister of Defense, Prince Mohammed is willing to permit women driving privileges and has no problem with the official religious authority on the issue of women driving.

The Deputy Crown Prince in an earlier interview which was posted Thursday, said: “I just want to remind the world that American women had to wait long to get their right to vote. So we need time.”

He explained: “We look at citizens in general and women are half of this society and we want it to be a productive half.”