Two royal orders, amending the Shura Council system and forming the new chamber, issued. Names of the Speaker and 150 members of the new Majlis Ashura, including women, announced

الجمعة 1434/2/29 هـ الموافق 2013/01/11 م واس
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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.
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