2001 News Story

Royal Decrees on government include expanded Shura Council

A number of royal decrees were issued today, appointing a number of new government officials, and extending the tenure of others. These include expansion of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) from 90 to 120 members. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz has sent a message to Shura Council Chairman Muhammad bin Jubair saying: "On the occasion of the end of the second term of the Council and its formation for the third term, I express my appreciation and thanks to you and the Council's members for the efforts exerted. Please convey greetings and thanks to the members whose term has ended for their active contribution to the work of the Council and its committees over the last term." King Fahd went on to express the hope that the efforts of former members would continue in other fields for the service of their religion and homeland, and conveyed his greetings and best wishes for success to the new members in their efforts and contribution to the work of the Council and its committees in the forthcoming term, declaring: '' I pray to God to crown our efforts with success for the benefit of our nation, for Islam and for the Muslims.''

[Full text of the decrees]