Council of Ministers: Formation

Article 12:

The Council of Ministers consists of:

(a) The Prime Minister.

(b) Deputies of the Prime Minister.

(c) Active Ministers.

(d) State Ministers appointed as members of the Council of Ministers by a Royal Order.

(e) King's advisers appointed as members of the Council of Ministers by a Royal Order.

Article 13:

Attending the meetings of the Council of Ministers is the exclusive right of its members and the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers.

Upon the request of the Prime Minister, or a member of the Council, following approval by the Prime Minister, a government official or an expert may attend the meetings of the Council to present whatever information and clarifications he may have, provided that the right of voting shall be confined to the Council's members only.

Article 14:

A meeting of the Council of Ministers shall not be considered valid unless attended by two thirds of the Council's members, and no resolution shall be considered legal unless approved by the majority of members present.

In case of a tie in voting, the casting vote shall be that of the Prime Minister. In exceptional cases, the meetings of the Council shall be considered valid if attended by half of its members. Its resolutions shall not be considered legal in such cases unless approved by two thirds of members present. Exceptional cases are determined by the Prime Minister at his discretion.

Article 15:

The Council of Ministers shall not decide any matter related to a certain ministry unless the meeting is attended by the concerned Minister or whoever may deputize for him, unless necessity rules otherwise.

Article 16:

The deliberations of the Council shall be confidential. But its resolutions are meant in principle to be made public except what parts thereof that may be ruled confidential by a Council resolution.

Article 17:

Members of the Council of Ministers shall be prosecuted for violations they may commit in the course of their official duties. Their prosecution shall proceed according to special regulations stating the violations and indictment and prosecution procedures as well as the formation of the judicial and tribunal court.

Article 18:

The Council of Ministers may form committees from among Council members of other persons to discuss a particular matter on its agenda in order to submit a special report thereon.

The internal by-laws of the Council shall specify the number of such committees and their course of action.

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