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Saudi Arabia

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Shura Council

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Majlis Ash-Shura (Shura Council)
Chamber name
Majlis Ash-Shura (Shura Council)
Parliamentary term (years)
4

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 2003-01
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
Arab group

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
President of the Consultative Council
Speaker
Abdullah Al Sheikh (Male)
Term
28.02.2009

Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Secretary General
Secretary general
Mohammed Almutairi (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 26 February 2018.

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
Principal mode of designation of members
Appointed members Appointed, for example, by the Head of State.
151
Note on the statutory number of members
150 members and the Speaker, appointed by the King. The Royal Order issued on 2 December 2016 provided that women shall be represented in the Council at a minimum level of 20% of its 150 members, i.e. 30 women.
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
151
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
30
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
19.87% See historical data for this field.
Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
Population (in thousands) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
31,557
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Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
208,987 See historical data for this field.

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.
Number of reserved seats, by group
Women
30
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
A January 2011 Royal Order amended the composition of the previously all-male 150-member Consultative Council by reserving 20% of its seats for women members.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.