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The Shura Council

The Shura Council consists of a Chairman Speaker and one hundred and fifty other members chosen by the King from amongst eligible scholars, specialists and other persons of experience. Women sit on the Council as well and in terms of representation, account for 20% of the seats.

The duties and the rights of members and other related affairs are specified by royal decree. The four-year term is based upon the Islamic, or Hijri, calendar, and dates are also specified by the royal decree. A new council must be formed at least two months before the incumbent council’s term comes to an end. In the event that a new council is not constituted before the existing council’s mandate ends, the council remains in power until a new council can be formed. While existing members may remain on the council, the number of new members may not account for less than fifty percent of the total.

For more information and a regular update on the Shura Council’s activities, please visit