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Saudi Arabia

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Shura Council

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Abdullah Al Sheikh (Male)

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

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
30
See historical data for this field.
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.

Reserved seats and quotas

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.
Elections > Election results

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
121
Number of women elected
30
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
19.87%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Appointed
30

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
121
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
30
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Abdullah Al Sheikh (Male)
Date of election
02.12.2016
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Women’s right to vote
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
The law of 1977 granted universal suffrage to all citizens, without any specific restrictions on women. The Electoral law of August 2004 granted universal unconditional suffrage. However, only men had the right to vote in the 2005 partial municipal elections. Technical reasons, such as the difficulty of organizing a voting office for women, were quoted as the explanation for why women did not take part.
Women’s right to stand for election
First woman in parliament