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    Saudi Arabia Government - 2006
    http://www.theodora.com/wfbcurrent/saudi_arabia/saudi_arabia_government.html
    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
      conventional short form: Saudi Arabia
      local long form: Al Mamlakah al Arabiyah as Suudiyah
      local short form: Al Arabiyah as Suudiyah

      Government type:
      monarchy

      Capital:
      Riyadh

      Administrative divisions:
      13 provinces (mintaqat, singular - mintaqah); Al Bahah, Al Hudud ash Shamaliyah, Al Jawf, Al Madinah, Al Qasim, Ar Riyad, Ash Sharqiyah (Eastern Province), 'Asir, Ha'il, Jizan, Makkah, Najran, Tabuk

      Independence:
      23 September 1932 (unification of the kingdom)

      National holiday:
      Unification of the Kingdom, 23 September (1932)

      Constitution:
      governed according to Shari'a law; the Basic Law that articulates the government's rights and responsibilities was introduced in 1993

      Legal system:
      based on Shari'a law, several secular codes have been introduced; commercial disputes handled by special committees; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage:
      adult male citizens age 21 or older
      note: voter registration began in November 2004 for partial municipal council elections held nationwide from February through April 2005

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: King and Prime Minister ABDALLAH bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud (since 1 August 2005); Heir Apparent Crown Prince SULTAN bin Abd al- Aziz Al Saud (half brother of the monarch, born 5 January 1928) note - the monarch is both the chief of state and head of government
      head of government: King and Prime Minister ABDALLAH bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud (since 1 August 2005); Heir Apparent Crown Prince SULTAN bin Abd al- Aziz Al Saud (half brother of the monarch, born 5 January 1928) note - the monarch is both the chief of state and head of government
      cabinet: Council of Ministers is appointed by the monarch and includes many royal family members
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary

      Legislative branch:
      Consultative Council or Majlis al-Shura (120 members and a chairman appointed by the monarch for four-year terms); note - in October 2003, Council of Ministers announced its intent to introduce elections for half of the members of local and provincial assemblies and a third of the members of the national Consultative Council or Majlis al-Shura, incrementally over a period of four to five years; in November 2004, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs initiated voter registration for partial municipal council elections held nationwide from February through April 2005

      Judicial branch:
      Supreme Council of Justice

      Political parties and leaders:
      none

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      none

      International organization participation:
      ABEDA, AfDB, AFESD, AMF, BIS, FAO, G-77, GCC, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IPU, ISO, ITU, LAS, MIGA, NAM, OAPEC, OAS (observer), OIC, OPCW, OPEC, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, WToO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador TURKI al-Faysal bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud
      chancery: 601 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037
      telephone: [1] (202) 342-3800
      consulate(s) general: Houston, Los Angeles, New York

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador James Curtis OBERWETTER
      embassy: Collector Road M, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh
      mailing address: American Embassy, Unit 61307, APO AE 09803-1307; International Mail: P. O. Box 94309, Riyadh 11693
      telephone: [966] (1) 488-3800
      FAX: [966] (1) 488-3989
      consulate(s) general: Dhahran, Jiddah (Jeddah)

      Flag description:
      green, a traditional color in Islamic flags, with the Shahada or Muslim creed in large white Arabic script (translated as "There is no god but God; Muhammad is the Messenger of God") above a white horizontal saber (the tip points to the hoist side); design dates to the early twentieth century and is closely associated with the Al Saud family which established the kingdom in 1932


      NOTE: The information regarding Saudi Arabia on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Saudi Arabia Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Saudi Arabia Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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