Saudi Gazette reports that members of Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council — the quasi-parliament — are dissatisfied with their lack of political power. The issue at hand is the Saudi budget. The Council is permitted to review it, but cannot make changes; at most, it can offer recommendations.
This is insufficient, several members say. The Council needs to be able to supervise and to legislate.
They are, indeed, correct, but I don’t see it happening any time soon.
Shoura members dismiss budget debate as pointless
Saudi Gazette report
RIYADH — A number of Shoura Council members have objected to calls by some of their colleagues to discuss the general budget before it is approved by the government.
They told Al-Watan newspaper that it was pointless to present the general budget to the council since it has no powers to make amendments.
Abdullah Al-Shuwaihat, one of the members, said rather than focusing on the issue of tabling the general budget, the focus should be on giving the council more powers to enable it to perform its legislative and supervisory role.
He said he regretted the council has no powers to be a real parliament representing the people and supervising the performance of executive bodies.