Executive Law Of The Saudi Allegiance Commission

In the name of God the Merciful and Compassionate,
Number A/164
Dated 26/9/1428  (18 Oct 2007)
With the help of God,
We ΄Abd Allah ibn ΄Abd al-΄Aziz Al Sa΄ud,
King of Saudi Arabia,

After examining the Basic System of Government issued by royal decree dated 27/8/1412,
And after examining the statutes of the Allegiance Commission issued by royal decree number A/135 dated 26/9/1427,
And after examining the draft executive bylaw of the Allegiance Commission,
And in order to meet the requirements of the public interest,
Order the following:

The draft executive law of the Allegiance Commission is issued as the text attached hereto.

This decree shall be communicated to the parties concerned for endorsement and implementation.

΄Abd Allah ibn ΄Abd al-΄Aziz

There follows the text of the Executive Law of the Allegiance Commission:

Article One
In the event that a son of the founder King ΄Abd al-΄Aziz ibn ΄Abd al-Rahman al-Faisal Al Sa΄ud is deceased, unwilling or medically incapacitated, one of his sons shall be appointed to the Allegiance Commission in accordance with the following:

1. The King shall ask those children of the deceased or incapacitated member over 17 years of age to nominate two or three of their number for membership of the Commission. The children of any deceased or incapacitated grandson (of ΄Abd al-΄Aziz) shall undertake to nominate one of their number to participate in choosing candidates for membership of the Commission. They must nominate candidates within 15 days of receiving the request for nominations.

In the event this period passes without a candidate being selected for membership of the Commission, the king shall appoint who he sees fit among them for membership of the Commission. The Secretary General of the Commission shall draw up a report on the proceedings.

The regulations and principles applicable to the meetings of the Commission shall apply to the meetings held and reports prepared in accordance with this article.

2. The king may charge who he sees fit among the children and grandchildren of the founder king to nominate three sons of a deceased or medically incapacitated member from whom the king may select one for membership of the Commission, and the king shall refer this nomination to the sons of the founder king to nominate one of the three candidates for membership of the Commission.

3. In all circumstances the king may choose who he sees fit among the sons of a deceased, unwilling or incapacitated member for membership of the Commission.

Any son of the founder King ΄Abd al-΄Aziz ibn ΄Abd al-Rahman al-Faisal al-Sa΄ud who wishes to be excused from membership of the Commission must notify the king of this in writing and nominate one of his sons for membership of the Commission. If the notification does not include the nomination of any of his sons for membership of the Commission or the king does not agree to the nominee, the appointment will proceed in accordance with paragraph One.

The provisions of this paragraph shall apply to the grandchildren even if they have resigned.

Article Two
Members of the Commission appointed in accordance with paragraphs 2 and 3 of Article One of the statutes of the Commission must:

1. Be at least 22 years old.
2. Be known to be of good character and competent.

Article Three
Without prejudice to the contents of Article One of the statutes of the Commission, the term of membership of the Commission is limited to four years starting from the date of royal decree appointing the member and is not renewable.

Article Four
If a member of the Commission fails to fulfil the duties and responsibilities of membership the matter shall be investigated by a committee of three members of the Commission chosen by its chairman, which shall report its findings to the Commission.

If the Commission decides with the agreement of two thirds of its members to abrogate the membership of the disgraced member, the matter shall be raised to the king to do as he sees fit.

Article Five
If the seat of a member of the Commission is vacant the king shall appoint a replacement in accordance with Articles One and Two of this bylaw.

Article Six
When the king dies the Commission shall meet in emergency session to proclaim allegiance to the crown prince as king of the country.

Article Seven
Pursuant to Article Seven of the statutes of the Commission, during the 10 days following his proclamation the king shall send the chairman of the Commission a letter naming his choice for crown prince for review by the Commission or asking the Commission to nominate its candidate. The Commission must name its candidate within 10 days of receiving the King’s message.

Article Eight
Meetings of the medical committee shall be secret and attended by the Secretary General of the Commission. Its medical reports shall be prepared secretly at the Commission’s headquarters and shall be signed by all the members of the committee.

Article Nine
The medical reports prepared by the medical committee shall be delivered to the president of the Commission in a sealed envelope and may only be disclosed at a meeting of the Commission.

Article Ten
In the absence of the two members of the medical committee specified in paragraphs one and two of article fourteen of the statutes of the Commission, or if the position of either is vacant, a replacement shall be appointed.

In the event that one of the deans of the Colleges of Medicine referred to in paragraph three, the Commission shall choose a replacement from the other deans of the College of Medicine.

Article Eleven
Under the supervision of the Commission, the Secretary General shall count the votes and announce the result of the ballot.

Article Twelve
The Commission’s Secretary General shall liaise with the king and shall be responsible to him for all the Commission’s financial and administrative affairs.

Article Thirteen
The Commission shall set up a center for documentation linked to the Secretary General to safeguard the Commission’s minutes and all its documents and reports relating to the Commission and its activities. These documents shall be kept secret.

Article Fourteen
The Commission shall have an annual budget whose disbursement shall take place according to principles and directives approved by the king.

Article Fifteen
The Secretary General of the Commission shall be awarded the rank of minister and his deputy shall enjoy senior government rank.

Article Sixteen
The work of the employees of the Secretariat General of the Allegiance Commission shall be carried out in accordance with the principles and measures followed in the royal diwan.

Article Seventeen
The employees of the Commission and those assisting the Secretary General of the Commission are bound to maintain the confidentiality of the information and deliberations they witness in the course of their work. In the event this obligation is violated, the offender shall be subject to the appropriate penalties as set out in the rules and regulations.

Article Eighteen
The amendment of the regulations in this bylaw shall be carried out by royal decree after the approval of the Commission.

Source: Translation by MEES