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Saudi Arabia Government

    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

    Data code: SA

    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)

    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
    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
    elections: none; the monarch is hereditary

    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

    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, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, ISO, ITU, NAM, OAPEC, OAS (observer), OIC, OPCW, OPEC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO (applicant)

    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
    telephone: [1] (202) 342-3800
    consulate(s) general: Houston, Los Angeles, and New York

    Diplomatic representation from the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Wyche FOWLER, Jr.
    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

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