Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

How to choose the next executive

As you prepare to pay attention to a presidential election in Mexico, think about the tenuous coalition in London, ponder the transition going on in Beijing, the balancing acts in Abuja, and the infighting in Tehran, do you want another example to offer as a comparison to the other countries your students study?  

Factbox: Saudi Arabia's Allegiance Council
Following the death of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Nayef, heir to the throne, in new successor will be determined by the king and a family council known as the Allegiance Council.

Defence minister Prince Salman,
likely to be named heir apparent.
The council has a representative of each line of the al-Saud ruling family born to King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, the kingdom's founder. As well as his surviving sons, it includes his grandsons representing kings and princes who have already died or are not well enough to participate.

It must be headed by the eldest son of the kingdom's founder beside the king or crown princeā€¦

The king nominates one, two or three candidates to become crown prince and the Allegiance Council votes to approve his choice or select one of his nominees. If the council does not find any of his candidates suitable, it can produce its own nominee from the sons or grandsons of Ibn Saud. In a departure from historical practice, the council has the ultimate say on succession instead of the king...


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