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Saudi Consultative Assembly
مجلس الشورى السعودي
Majlis al-Shūra al-Saʿūdiyy
Type Unicameral
Speaker Abdullah ibn Mohammed Al-Sheikh
Members 150
Voting system Appointment by the King
Meeting place
Al-Yamamah Palace, Riyadh

The Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia also known as Majlis as-Shura or Shura Council is the legislature of the country. It has 150 members that are appointed by the king, six of them are women,[1] and is headed by Abdullah ibn Mohammed Al-Shaikh.

The Consultative Assembly is based in the Al-Yamamh Palace, Riyadh.

The modernization of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia or Majlis Ash-Shura was considered to be an update to what had already existed by enhancing the council's frameworks, methods, and means and injecting efficiency, organization, and vitality into them. This was done to ensure that the council could cope with the rapid developments the country has seen in recent years in all fields, and to keep pace with the demands and requirements of modern times. This started a new page in the long history of counseling (or Shura) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.[2]

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King Fahd fortified the foundations of counseling (or Shura) in the kingdom by issuing the new Majlis Ash-Shura Law in 27/8/1421 H, 24/Nov/2000 (to replace the old law issued in 1347 H.1928) and by approving the bylaws of the council and their supplements in 22 Aug 1993. He launched the first term of the council with a speaker and 60 members. In the second term, the council consisted of a speaker and 90 members. In the third term, the council included a speaker and 120 members. In the fourth term, the council consisted of a speaker and 150 members.

The Assembly consists of twelve committees:

  • Islamic and Judicial Affairs and Human Rights Committee
  • Social, Family, and Youth Affairs Committee
  • Economic Affairs and Energy Committee
  • Security Affairs Committee
  • Educational and Scientific Research Affairs Committee
  • Cultural and Informational Affairs Committee
  • Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
  • Financial Affairs Committee
  • Transportation, Communications, Information Technology Committee
  • Water and Public Facilities and Services Committee
  • Administration, Human Resources and Petitions Committee.

Having been expanded in 1997 and 2001, the council achieved a place in the International Parliamentary Union by the end of 2003. In its new form, the council has held 845 sessions and issued 1174 leading to the second year of its fourth term.[3]

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