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Saudi Shura to be sworn in on Tuesday

First session, scheduled for February 24, will include 30 women

  • By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 13:34 February 14, 2013
  • Gulf News

Manama: Members of the Saudi Shura Council will be sworn in on Tuesday, one month after King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud appointed them.

In a historic first for the country, 30 women will have to take the oath that will allow them to formally start their work at the 150-member council.

The first session of the Shura Council’s Sixth Term is scheduled for February 24, local Arabic daily Al Riyadh reported on Thursday.

No details were given about when the royal speech marking the occasion and highlighting the domestic and foreign policies will be delivered.

The council currently has 148 members after appointee Meflah Al Rashidi was given a new position in the foreign ministry and Majid Al Munaif was named secretary general of the Supreme Economic Council before they were sworn in.

King Abdullah is expected to name the two new members, in accordance with the council’s bylaws on vacancies.

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