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    Saudi Arabia Government - 2003
    https://theodora.com/wfb2003/saudi_arabia/saudi_arabia_government.html
    SOURCE: 2003 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 (Islamic law); the Basic Law that articulates the government's rights and responsibilities was introduced in 1993


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


      Suffrage: none


      Executive branch: chief of state: King and Prime Minister FAHD bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud (since 13 June 1982); Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister ABDALLAH bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud (half-brother to the monarch, heir to the throne since 13 June 1982, regent from 1 January to 22 February 1996); note - the monarch is both the chief of state and head of government
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary
      head of government: King and Prime Minister FAHD bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud (since 13 June 1982); Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister ABDALLAH bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud (half-brother to the monarch, heir to the throne since 13 June 1982, regent from 1 January to 22 February 1996); 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


      Legislative branch: Consultative Council or Majlis al-Shura (120 members and a chairman appointed by the monarch for four-year terms)


      Judicial branch: Supreme Council of Justice


      Political parties and leaders: none allowed


      Political pressure groups and leaders: none


      International organization participation: ABEDA, AfDB, AFESD, AL, AMF, BIS, ESCWA, FAO, G-19, G-77, GCC, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ISO, ITU, NAM, OAPEC, OAS (observer), OIC, OPCW, OPEC, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO (observer)


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


      Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Robert W. JORDAN
      embassy: Collector Road M, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh
      mailing address: American Embassy Riyadh, Unit 61307, APO AE 09803-1307; International Mail: P. O. Box 94309, Riyadh 11693
      telephone: [966] (1) 488-3800
      FAX: [966] (1) 488-7360
      consulate(s) general: Dhahran, Jiddah (Jeddah)


      Flag description: green with large white Arabic script (that may be 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); green is the traditional color of Islam

      NOTE: The information regarding Saudi Arabia on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Saudi Arabia Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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