Basic Law: System of Government

Article 5:

(a) The system of government in Saudi Arabia shall be monarchical.

(b) The dynasty right shall be confined to the sons of the Founder, King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud (Ibn Saud), and the sons of sons. The most eligible among them shall be invited, through the process of "bai'ah", to rule in accordance with the Book of God and the Prophet's Sunnah.

(c) The King names the Crown Prince and may relieve him of his duties by Royal Order.

(d) The Crown Prince shall devote full time to his office and to any other duties which may be assigned to him by the King.

(e) The Crown Prince shall assume the powers of the king on the latter's death pending the outcome of the "bai'ah".

Article 6:

Citizens shall pledge allegiance to the King on the basis of the Book of God and the Prophet's Sunnah, as well as on the principle of "hearing is obeying" both in prosperity and adversity, in situations pleasant and unpleasant.

Article 7:

The regime derives its power from the Holy Qur'an and the Prophet's Sunnah which rule over this and all other State Laws.

Article 8:

The system of government in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is established on the foundation of justice, "Shoura" and equality in compliance with the Islamic Shari'ah (the revealed law of Islam).

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