Mohamed al-Zulfa was a little-known member of the majlis al-shura (consultative council). A few months ago he became a celebrity when he turned a discussion about a new traffic law into a national debate about the right of women to drive cars.
Le puissant ministre saoudien de l'Intérieur, le prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz, a sévèrement critiqué ceux de ses concitoyens favorables à la levée de l'interdiction de conduire faite aux femmes du royaume.
Saudi Arabia's top religious authority has banned the practice of forcing women to marry against their will. Grand mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said forced marriage was against Islamic law and those responsible for it should be jailed.