Saudi prince backs letting women drive
Published: April 14, 2013 10:02AM
Updated: April 14, 2013 10:02AM
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FILE - In this Friday, June 17, 2011 file image made from video released by Change.org, a Saudi Arabian woman drives a car as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has indicated support of allowing women there to drive writing Sunday on his Twitter account that it would help the kingdom's campaign to cut down on more than 8 million foreign workers in Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Change.org, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia • Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has indicated support of allowing women there to drive.

He says that would help the kingdom’s campaign to cut down on the number of foreign workers.

Saudi Arabia follows an ultraconservative interpretation of Islam and bans women from driving.

“The question of allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia will save more than 500,000 jobs in addition to the social and economic benefits,” the prince wrote Sunday on his Twitter account.

Thousands of foreign workers have been fired from their jobs and then deported, part of a government campaign against foreigners who illegally reside and work in the kingdom.

Last week King Abdullah gave workers three months to try to legalize their presence. There are more than 8 million foreign workers in Saudi Arabia.