Politics

Saudi Arabia Politics

Curious about politics in Saudi Arabia? This page may shed some light.

SAUDIA ARABIA - King and Prime Minister Salman
King Salman
King and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 January 2015
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The politics of Saudi Arabia takes place in the context of a totalitarian absolute monarchy with Islamist lines, where the King is both the head of state and government. Decisions are, to a large extent, made on the basis of consultation among the senior princes of the royal family and the religious establishment. The Qur’an is declared to be the constitution of the country, which is governed on the basis of Islamic law (Shari’a). The Allegiance Council is responsible to determine the new King and the new Crown Prince. All citizens of full age have a right to attend, meet, and petition the king directly through the traditional tribal meeting known as the majlis.
 
The government is dominated by the vast royal family, the Al Saud, which has often been divided by internal disputes and into factions. The members of the family are the principal political actors allowed by the government. Political participation outside the royal family is limited. Saudi Arabia is one of only two countries (the other being Vatican City) that does not have a separate legislative body.
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