H.E. Dr. MOHAMMED ALJEFRI
Vice-Speaker of the Shura Council
H.E. Dr. MOHAMMED AL HAYAZA
H.E. Dr. KHALID ALAWWAD
H.E. Dr. SAUD ASSUBAYII
H.E. Dr. FALEH ALSEGHAYER
H.E. Dr. ABDULAZIZ TAHER
H.E. Dr. SELWA ALHAZZAA
H.E. Dr. KHAWLA ALKURAYA
H.E. Dr. KHALID ALAGEEL
H.E. Dr. TAREK FADAAK
H.E. Dr. FAHAD ALANAZI
Context Provider and Moderator:
Dr. John Duke Anthony
Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Member, U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and Subcommittee on Sanctions
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About Saudi Arabia's Majlis Al-Shura:
The Majlis Al-Shura, or Consultative Council, is a legislative body that advises the King on issues that are important to Saudi Arabia. It is a modern version of a traditional Islamic concept – an accessible leader consulting with learned and experienced citizens. The Consultative Council currently consists of 150 members appointed by the King for a four-year renewable term. In 2013, a decree mandated that women should always hold at least a fifth (30) of its 150 seats.
Based on their experience, members are assigned to committees. There are 12 committees that deal with human rights, education, culture, information, health and social affairs, services and public utilities, foreign affairs, security, administration, Islamic affairs, economy and industry, and finance.
Originally restricted to discussion of regulations and issues of national and public interest, the mandate of Majlis Al-Shura was broadened in 2004 to include proposing new legislation and amending existing laws without prior submission to the King. It has always been able to request that government officials participate in key meetings and apply for access to government documents.
On April 7, 2003, the Majlis Al-Shura became a full membership of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Biographies of Delegation Members (.pdf)
Biography of Dr. John Duke Anthony