King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia delivered an address to the opening of the third year of the fifth term of the Saudi Consultative Council (Majlis Ash-Shura) in Riyadh on Sunday, September 25, 2011. In his address he expanded political reforms for women with the announcement that they will participate in the next round of elections — municipal council seats in 2015 — and could be appointed to the Consultative Council. This is what he told the people of Saudi Arabia:
I am pleased to meet you at the opening of the third year of the fifth term of Majlis Al-Shura, praying to Allah Almighty to crown your works with success.
The struggle of the father of all people, the late King Abdul Aziz, with your grandfathers (Mercy be upon their souls), has resulted in the unity of hearts, land, and one destiny. Today, this destiny imposes on us to preserve this legacy, and not to stop here, but to develop it further in line with Islamic and moral values.
Yes, it is a responsibility towards our religion, and the interest of our country and its citizens that we should not stop at the hurdles of the current time; but we should strengthen our determination by patience and works with dependence on Allah to address them.
Balanced modernization in line with our Islamic values, which preserve rights, is an important requirement in an era with no room for the weak and undecided people.
All people know that Muslim women have had in the Islamic history, positions that cannot be marginalized, including correct opinions and advice since the era of Prophet Mohammed, as examples, we cite the advice of the Mother of Believers ‘Umm Salamah’ on ‘Al-Hudaybiyah’ Day, in addition to many examples during the era of the Prophet’s companions and followers until today.
‘Since we reject to marginalize the role of women in the Saudi society, in every field of works, according to the (Islamic) Sharia guidelines, and after consultations with many of our scholars, especially those in the senior scholars council, and others, who have expressed the preference for this orientation, and supported this trend, we have decided the following:
First, the participation of women in the Majlis Al-Shura as members from next session in accordance with the Shari’a guidelines.
Second, as of the next session, women will have the right to nominate themselves for membership of Municipal Councils, and also have the right to participate in the nomination of candidates with the Islamic guidelines.
You -my brothers and sisters- have rights that we strive to achieve all matters that are for your pride, your dignity and your interests. It is our right to seek your opinions and advices, according to Sharia guidelines, and the fundamentals of religion, and those who keep away from these guidelines, they are arrogant persons and they have to bear the responsibility of these actions.
I pray Allah Almighty for help and glory.
May peace and Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you.
Today King Abdullah ordered the Saudi Arabian Majlis ash-Shura to add not less than 20% women to its ranks beginning with the convening of the next term of office. This SUSRIS special report provides the announcement published by the Saudi Press Agency earlier today which includes changes to the Majlis Ash-Shura Law and the names of the Speaker and the 150 members of the next term.
Shura Council Adds 30 Women Members
Riyadh, Safar 29, 1434, Jan 11, 2013, SPA — Two royal orders, amending the Shura Council system and forming a new chamber for four Hijra years, starting the expiration of the term of office of the current Shura Council, have been issued here today.
According to the Royal Order, the Shura Council will be consisting of its speaker and 150 members, all to be chosen by the King according to their knowledge, experience and profession, provided that women would be represented in the Council with no less than 20% of its members.
‘After having reviewed the Governance Statute and the Shura Council’s system and regulations and consulting with a big number of Ulema, members and non-members of the Senior Ulema Commission, who passed a proposal on the participation of women in the Shura Council in accordance with Sharia laws, a course we are not going to divert from a hairsbreadth as it is considered the pillar base of this nation laid by its founder late King Abdulaziz, and as per the interests of the public, we have ordered the amendment of the Third Article of the Shura Council system to read as follows:
‘The Shura Council will be formed of a Speaker and 150 members, to be selected by the King according to their knowledge, experience and profession, provided that women would be represented in the Council with no less than 20% of its members. A royal order will designate the members’ rights, duties and other things’, the Royal Order said.
Article 22 of the Regulations of the Shura Council will read as follows:
Each of the sub-committees of the Shura Council will be formed by the Shura Council itself of a number of members no less than five. They will be chosen by the Shura Council, naming the committee’s Chairman and deputy, and taking into consideration the needs of the committee and the profession of each committee member as well as the participation of women in the committees.
The Shura Council will have the right to form ad hoc committees to study specific issues. Each committee is allowed to form from among its members a sub-committe or more to study a specific issue.
Women, selected as members of the Shura Council, will enjoy full rights of memebrship, be committed to their duties, responsibilites and assume their jobs.
As per the introduction of this order, women, who are members of the Shura Council, will be asked to strictly follow the Islamic Sharia regulations, without any kind of violation, including the Shraia head and face covers (Hijab). In particular, the following points should be observed:
1- A special seating place will be allocated for women of the Shura Council, a special entrace and exit to and from the Council main hall will also be constructed and all relevant things in complete non-touch with men.
2- Special places will be allotted for women, guaranteeing complete isolation from those allotted for men, including special offices for them and for their workers and helpers, e.g. special appliances and services and prayer places.
This order should be carried with immediate effect’, the Royal Order said.
According to the Royal Order, the new Shura Council, will be formed from Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, Speaker of the Shura Council. Following are the members, who will serve for four Hijra years, starting from the date of the expiration of the term of office of the current Shura Council which was formed upon the Royal Order No. A/15 dated 19/2/1430 H.:
1- Dr. / Mohammed bin Ameen bin Ahmed Al-Jeffery, Deputy Speaker of the Shura Council
2- Dr./ Fahhad bin Mu’tad bin Shafaq Al-Hamad, Assistant Speaker of the Shura Council
3- Mr./Ibrahim bin Abdulrahman bin Sulaiman Al-Bilaihi
4-/ Dr. Ibrahim bin abdullah in Mohammed Albrahim
5-/ Dr. Ibrhaim bin Mohammed bin Abdullah Abu Abat
6-/ Mr. Ahmed bin Ibrahim bin Meen Al-Hakami
7-/ Dr. Ahmed bin Saad bin Ahmed Al Mifreh
8-/ Dr. Ahmed bin Omer bin Mohammed Al Aqeel Al-Zaylaee
9- Dr./ Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Aboush Al-Ghamdi
10- Dr./ Ahmed bin Mahdi bin Mohammed Al-Shuwaikhat
11- Mr. / Osama bin Ali bin Majed Gabbani
12- Dr. / Elham bint Mahjoub bin Ahmed Hasanain
13- Dr./ Amal bint Salamah bin Sulaiman Al-Shaman
14- Eng. / Thamer bin Abdulmohsen bin Musaed Al-Ginawe
15- Dr./ Thamer bin Nasser bin Fahd bin Ghyshayan
16- Dr. / Thuraya bint Ahmed bin Obeid bin Mohammed Obeid
17- Dr. / Thuraya bint Ibrahim bin Hussein Al-Areedh
18- Mr. / Jubran bin Hamid bin Ali Dubraha Al-Gahtani
19- Dr. / Jebreel bin Hasan bin Mohammed Areeshi
20- Dr. / Al-Jawharah bint Ibrahim bin Mohammed Bu-Besht
21- Dr./ Hatem bin Hasan bin Hamza Abu-Hussein Al-Marzooqi
22- Dr./ Hamed bin Dhafi bin Mohammed Al-Warda Al-Sharari
23- Dr./ Hussam bin Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz Al-Anqari
24- Dr./ Hamad bin Ayedh bin Mohammed bin Hamad Al Fahhad
25- Maj. Gen. Eng. Staff Pilot/ Hamad bin Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Husoon
26- Dr./ Hamdah bint Khalaf bin Miqbel Al-Enzy
27- Sheikh Dr. / Hamza bin Hussein bin Hamza Al-Fa’ar Al-Shareef
28- Dr./ Hanan bint Abdulraheem bin Mutlaq Al-Ahmadi
29- Dr./ Hayat bint Sulaiman bin Hasan Sindi
30- Dr./ Khalid bin Ibrahim bin Abdulrahman Al-Awwad
31- Dr./ Khalid bin Saad bin Abdulaziz bin Saeed
32- His Highness Dr./ Khalid bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Miqren Al-Mashari Al Saud
33- Dr./ Khalid bin Abdulmohsen bin Mohammed Al-Mehaisen
34- Dr./ Khalid bin Mohammed bin Ali Al-Saif
35- Dr./ Khalid bin Mansour bin Nasser Al-Aqeel
36- H.E. Dr./ Khader bin Olayan bin Ali Al-Qurashi
37- Mr./ Khalifa bin Ahmed bin Rashed Al-Dosary
38- Mr./ Dr. Khalil bin Abdulfattah bin Khalil Kurdi
39- Dr./ Khola bint Sami bin Saleem Al-Keraia
40- Dr. / Dalal bint Mekhled bin Jahez Al-Harbi
41- Dr. / Rashed bin Hamad bin Rashed Al-Katheeri
42- Dr./ Zuhair bin Fahd bin Jaber Al-Harthi
43- Dr./ Zainet bint Muthanna bin Abduou Abu-Taleb
44- Her Royal Highness Princess/ Sarrah bint Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
45- Dr./ Salem bin Ali bin Salem Al-Gahtani
46- Dr./ Sami bin Mohammed bin Hussein Zaidan
47- Dr./ Sattam bin Saud bin Abdullah Linjawe
48- Dr./ Saad bin Abdulrahamn bin Mohammed Al-Bazaaee
49- Dr./ Saad bin Mohammed bin Ahmed Mareq Assiri
50- Dr./ Saadoon bin Saad bin Saadoon Al-Saadoon
51- Dr./ Saud bin Humaid bin Remaizan Al-Sybaiee
52- Mr./ Saud bin Abdulrahamn bin Rashed Al-Shammari
53- Dr./ Saeed bin Abdullah bin Isa Alsheikh
54- Dr./ Sultan bin Hasan bin Sultan Al-Sultan
55- Dr./ Salwa bint Abdullah bin Fahad Al-Hazaa
56- H.E. Mr./ Sulaiman bin Saad bin Abdulrahman Al-Homaid
57 – Sheikh / Suleiman bin Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Majid
58 – Mr. / Saleh bin Hasan bin Abdullah Al-Afaleq
59 – Mr. / Saleh bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Hemaidi
60 – Mr. / Saleh bin Eid bin Hamdan Al-Hussaini
61 – Dr. / Sadagah bin Yahya bin Hamza Fadil
62 – Dr. / Tareq bin Ali bin Hasan Fada’ak
63 – Mr. / Azeb bin Saeed bin Ali Al Mosbel
64 – Dr. / Abdulrahman bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Heijan
65 – Mr. / Abdulrahman bin Rashid bin Abdulrahman Al-Rashid
66 – H.E. Dr. / Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz bin Ahmed Al-Swailem
67 – H.E. Mr. / Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen bin Abdullah Al-Abdulkadir
68 – Dr. / Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Saleem Al-Atwi
69 – Mr. / Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim bin Saad Al-Hadlaq
70 – Dr. / Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Hargan
71 – Maj. Gen. Dr./ Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim bin Abdullah Al-Saab
72 – Dr. / Abdulaziz bin Adeeb bin Hasan Taher
73 – Brig. Gen. Dr. Eng. / Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Abdullah Al-Otaishan
74 – Dr. / Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman bin Mugbil Al-Shamekh
75 – Mr. / Abdulaziz bin Abdulkarim bin Abdulaziz Al-Issa
76 – Dr. / Abdulaziz bin Gablan bin Maqbool Al-Srani
77 – Dr. / Abdullah bin Ibrahim bin Abdullah Al-Askar
78 – Dr. / Abdullah bin Ahmed bin Ali Al-Fifi
79 – Dr. / Abdullah bin Homoud bin Humaid Al-Lahibi Al-Harbi
80 – Dr. / Abdullah bin Zabin bin Eid Al-Otaibi
81 – Dr. / Abdullah bin Salim bin Jaber Al-Ma’atani
82 – Eng. / Abdullah bin Saleh bin Mohammed Al-Nujaidi
83 – Maj. Gen. Staff Pilot / Abdullah bin Abdulkarim bin Abdullah Al-Saadoun
84 – Dr. / Abdullah bin Ali bin Mohammed Al-Munif
85 – Dr. / Abdullah bin Muharib bin Sehan Al-Thofiri
86 – Dr. / Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Jegiman
87 – Mr. / Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Nasser
88 – Dr. / Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saleh Nassif
89 – Ambassador Dr. / Abdulmohsen bin Fahd bin Mark Al-Mark
90 – Dr. / Adnan bin Ahmed bin Hasan Al-Bar
91 – Mr. / Assaf bin Salim bin Faisal Abu Thnain
92 – Dr. / Atallah bin Ahmed bin Muslim Abu Hassan
93 – Mr. / Atta bin Hamoud bin Atta Al-Subeiti
94 – Dr. / Ali bin Saad bin Ibrahim Al-Tokhais
95 – Dr. / Ali bin Abdulkarim bin Nasser Al Thuwaini
96 – Dr. / Ali bin Abdullah bin Saeed Mughram Al-Ghamdi
97 – Maj. Gen./ Ali bin Mohammed bin Fahd Al-Tamimi
98 – Mr. / Ali bin Nasser bin Dahash Al-Wazzrah
99 – Dr. / Amr bin Ibrahim bin Bakr Rajab
100 – Dr. / Awad bin Khzeim bin Ali Al Suroor Al-Asmari
101 – Sheikh / Isa bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Ghaith
102 – Dr. / Ghazi bin Faisal bin Saeed Mohammed bin Zagr
103 – Dr. / Fatima bint Mohammed bin Mohsen Al Saeed Al-Qarni
104 – Dr. / Faleh bin Mohammed bin Faleh Al-Saghayer
105 – Dr. / Fayez bin Abdullah bin Ali Al-Shihri
106 – Dr. / Fadwa bint Salamah bin Odeh Abu Marifah
107 – Dr. / Fardous bint Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saleh
108 – Dr. / Fahd bin Hamoud bin Saleh Al-Faqiri Al-Enezi
109 – Dr. / Lubna bint Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Tayeb Al-Ansari
110 – Dr. / Latifa bint Othman bin Ibrahim Al-Shaalan
111 – Dr. / Majed bin Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Muneef
112 – Dr. / Mohsen bin Ali bin Fares bin Hussein Al-Hazmi
113 – Mr. / Mohammed bin Hamid bin Ahmed Al-Nagadi
114 – Mr. / Mohammed bin Dakhil bin Abedrabbo Al-Suhaimi Al-Mutairi
115 – Sheikh / Mohammed bin Saad bin Abdullah Al-Sa’adan
116 – Dr. / Mohammed bin Saeed bin Ahmed Al Ahmed Al-Qahtani
117 – Sheikh / Mohammed bin Saleh bin Ali Al-Dehaim
118 – Dr. / Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al Naji Al-Qahtani
119 – Brig. Gen.Staff / Mohammed bin Faisal bin Jaber Abu Sag
120 – Mr. / Mohammed bin Murshid bin Rashid Al-Rehaily
121 – Dr. / Mohammed bin Mehdi bin Abdulmohsen Al-Khunaizi
122 – Mr. / Mohammad Reza bin Mansour bin Hasan Nasrallah
123 – Dr. / Mahmoud bin Mohammed bin Mustafa Al-Bedaiwi
124 – Dr. / Mastourah bint Obaid bin Lafi Al-Husseini Al-Shammari
125 – Dr. / Mishaal bin Fehem bin Mohammed Al-Sulami
126 – Dr. / Mustafa bin Mohammed Al-Hassan bin Mohammed Al-Idrisi
127 – Eng. / Mufreh bin Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Saher Al-Zahrani
128 – Dr. / Mufleh bin Dgyeman bin Sebeel Al-Rashidi
129 – Mr. / Mansour bin Saad bin Fahd Al-Kredes
130 – Dr. / Muna bint Abdullah bin Saeed Al Mushayt
131 – Dr. / Muna bint Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Dosari
132 – Dr. / Moafig bin Fawaz bin Hallaf Al-Ruwaili
133 – Her Royal Highness Princess / Moudi bint Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
134 – Dr. / Moudi bint Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al-Dugaither
135 – Dr. / Nasser bin Rajeh bin Mohammed Al-Tobi Al-Shahrani
136 – Sheikh Dr./ Nasser bin Zaid bin Nasser bin Dawood
137 – Dr. / Nasser bin Ali bin Abdullah Al-Mousa
138 – Maj. Gen. Eng./ Nasser bin Ghazi bin Nasser Al-Shaibani Al-Otaibi
139 – Mr. / Nayef bin Marzouq bin Manea Al-Fahhadi
140 – Dr. / Nihad bint Mohammed Saeed bin Ahmed Al-Jeshi
141 – Dr. / Nawaf bin Bedah bin Abdullah Al-Faghm
142 – Dr. / Nora bint Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Mubarak
143 – Dr. / Nora bint Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Asqah
144 – Dr. / Nora bint Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Adwan
145 – Mr. / Hashim bin Ali bin Hamzah Al-Rajeh
146 – Dr. / Hani bin Yusuf bin Ibrahim Khashogji
147 – Mr. / Huda bint Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Halisi
148 – Dr. / Hia bint Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al-Manea
149 – Dr. / Wafa bint Mahmoud bin Abdullah Taibah
150 – Dr. / Yahya bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Samaan.
The Order issued by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdualziz Al Saud instructed the Speaker of Shura Council to implement this order with immediate effect.
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