The Constitution of King Saud

Source: Um Al-Qura
King Saud was a reformer, and as a reformer he wanted to bring reform to his country in all field including political, economic, social, administrative, and the educational sector.

And so, one of his greatest  reforms was announced :

On the 25th of December 1960, Radio Makkah announced that a new constitution for The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be implemented along with with other reforms. This announcement was cancelled four days later due to internal pressures.

King Saud proposed constitution was made up of a provincial administration and assembly, half elected, and half appointed, and would have sufficient powers to manage local affairs.

During the reign of King Saud, the first king among the sons of Abdulaziz, the proposal for transforming the system into a constitutional monarchy was nearly implemented. Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz published “A Letter to the Citizen” that contained the basic elements for the proposed constitutional monarchy that was to be implemented by 1960.
In the proposed constitution, general human rights and freedoms were to be protected. The proposed constitution also protected the right to establish unions and guilds, a right never protected or incorporated in any subsequent Saudi Arabian legislation. When King Faisal was officially inaugurated in 1964, the constitutional project was aborted [1]
Representatives of these would constitute the central Assembly, which would advise the Council of Ministers and approve budget. He intended to create a Supreme Advisory Council of six, two from each provence, (the Hijjaz region, Najd region, Al-Ahsa region ,and the southern region).

The articles of this constitution are found on the Arabic section of this website.




  1. ^ An article by : Abdullah Alaoudh , July 19 at 12:24 PM, The Washington post