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    Saudi Arabia Government - 2004
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    SOURCE: 2004 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
      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

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: King and Prime Minister FAHD bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud (since 13 June 1982, but largely incapacitated since late 1995); Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister ABDALLAH bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud since 13 June 1982, also Saudi Arabian National Guard Commander since 1963 and de facto ruler since early 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, but largely incapacitated since late 1995); Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister ABDALLAH bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud since 13 June 1982, also Saudi Arabian National Guard Commander since 1963 and de facto ruler since early 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

      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, ISO, ITU, LAS, 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 James Curtis OBERWETTER (since 8 January 2004)
      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 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Saudi Arabia Government 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Saudi Arabia Government 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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