Saudi Ban on Women Drivers to Continue

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz announced Wednesday that the Saudi Arabian government has no intention of revoking its ban on women drivers.

Prince Nayef’s half brother, Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz, had spurred rumors that the ban might be revoked during a speech that he delivered last month. Prince Abdullah had said, “We are not going to allow anyone to scorn women or put aside their effective role in the service of their religion and nation.”

“The state has no will or intention to allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia,” said Prince Nayef. “I believe we must not make an issue of the question of women. Women are the sisters of man, but God granted each human being his [sic] rights and his obligations,” he continued.


AFP - May 12, 1999

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