The Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) returned today from summer recess, and held the
first working meeting of its new session, at which it was announced that the number of
specialized committees has been expanded to eleven. There are now committees for Islamic
affairs; organization and administration; education; culture and information; services and
public utilities; transportation and telecommunications; health and social affairs;
economic affairs; financial affairs; foreign affairs; and security.