SAUDI SHOURA COUNCIL
The Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabiaalso known as Majlis ash-Shura or Shura Council, is the formal advisory body of Saudi Arabia. It is a legislative body that advises the King on issues that are important to Saudi Arabia. It has the power to propose laws to the King of Saudi Arabia and his cabinet to prove it and pass it. It has 150 members. Since 2013, the Assembly has included 30 female members out of the total of 150 members, after a 20 percent minimum quota for women was imposed. The Consultative Assembly is headed by a Speaker. As of 2016, the Speaker was Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh, in line with a tradition that kept the post in that family.The Assembly is based in al-Yamamah Palace, Riyadh.