Council of Ministers: General Provisions

Article 1:

The Council of Ministers is an official body headed by the King.

Article 2:

The head office of the Council of Ministers shall be in the city of Riyadh. The Council may hold its sessions in any other place inside the Kingdom.

Article 3:

The member of the Council of Ministers is required to satisfy the following:

(a) To be a Saudi National by birth and descent.

(b) To be recognized as being of proven integrity and efficiency.

(c) Not to have been convicted of a crime offending against religion or honor.

Article 4:

Members of the Council of Ministers may take up their posts only after swearing the following oath:

"I swear by Almighty God that I shall be loyal to my Religion, then to my King and country, shall not divulge any secrets of the State, shall uphold its interests and abide by its laws; and shall perform my duties in good faith, honor and sincerity."

Article 5:

No member of the Council of Ministers may hold another governmental post unless it is deemed necessary by the Prime Minister.

Article 6:

While in office a member of the Council of Ministers, may not purchase or rent, either directly or through a third party, or by public auction, any State-owned property. Likewise he may not sell or lease any of his properties to the government and may not engage in any commercial or financial undertaking or accept membership in the board of directors of any company.

Article 7:

The meetings of the Council of Ministers shall be held under the chairmanship of the King (the Prime Minister) or any of his deputies, and their resolutions shall become final upon approval by the King.

Article 8:

Cabinet Ministers shall be appointed to their posts, dismissed therefrom and their resignations shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of articles 57 and 58 of the Basic Law of Government.

Their rights are spelled out in the Council's internal by-laws.

Article 9:

The term of the Council of Ministers shall not exceed four years, during which time it shall be re-formed by a Royal Order. In case of expiry of term prior to re-formation, the Council shall go on doing its duties until it is re-formed.

Article 10:

A Cabinet Minister shall be considered the direct head and final authority on the affairs of this ministry. He shall carry out his duties in accordance with this law and other by-laws and regulations.

Article 11:

(a) Only another minister may act as a proxy for a minister upon the order of the Prime Minister.

(b) The acting minister shall exercise the powers of the minister in his absence.

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