were recently adopted in Saudi Arabia adopted to improve its absolute
monarchy system of government such as the issue of a Constitution
and establishment of a Consultative Council. In 1992 a Royal Decree
was issued adopting the Fundamental Government Statute (Constitution).
Article One of this Statute provides that Saudi Arabia is a sovereign
Arab Islamic state with Islam as its religion, the Holy Quran as
its Constitution, Arabic its language and Riyadh its capital. This
Statute also provided for the establishment of a Consultative
Council of a Chairman and 60 members appointed by the King chosen
from amongst people of knowledge, experience and expertise.
accordance with the provisions of the above Statute the Holy Quran
is the Constitution of Saudi Arabia and the laws and regulations
are promulgated in the Kingdom in accordance with Shariah, the Statute
and the Council of Ministers and the Consultative Council Regulations.
These Laws and Regulations are issued by Royal Decrees upon the
approval of the Council of Ministers chaired and the Consultative
Council who also has the right to suggest laws to the Council of