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    Saudi Arabia Government - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/saudi_arabia/saudi_arabia_government.html
    SOURCE: 2002 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 a consultative council (90 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, CCC, 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, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, 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 (since 3 October 2001)
      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 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Saudi Arabia Government 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Saudi Arabia Government 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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