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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, waves as he arrives at the headquarters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Bin Talal and his investment company have doubled their ownership of Twitter's publicly traded shares in the past six weeks. A joint statement released Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, by the prince and his Riyadh-based Kingdom Holding Company says their combined shares represent more than 5 percent of Twitter's common stock, with a market value of $1 billion. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

Women aren't allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. A billionaire prince wants to change that.


Saudi Arabia is notorious for its harsh restrictions on women's rights -- a ban on women drivers is just one of the more visible and obvious examples.

On Tuesday, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a member of the Saudi royal family, posted an essay on why women should be allowed to drive (it's in Arabic) and tweeted "Stop the debate."

“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,” he wrote.

Here's Alwaleed's tweet.

So will this work?

It's not likely. Alwaleed, who is worth about $18.9 billion, technically doesn't have a government position. And the Shura Council, an advisory board to the national government, rejected even studying the idea last month, The Washington Post reports. Separation of the sexes is strictly enforced in most public spaces.

But there is some popular support for the idea -- an Arabic hashtag translated as "the time has come for women's driving" trended after Alwaleed's tweet.

One Twitter user tweeted , "Logically, women driving a car is better."

Though some had a technology-based counter-argument.

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