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General Description
The commission, which has been set up for the first time in the Kingdomís history in order to streamline succession to the throne is comprised of the sons and grandsons of King Abdul Aziz, the Kingdomís founder.
Under the regulations, once a king dies, the Allegiance Commission will immediately hold a meeting in order to officially name the crown prince as the new king. Within 10 days, the new king must send a letter to the commissionís chairman with the name of the person he has chosen as crown prince or he may ask the commission to nominate a crown prince.
Constitutional Framework
executive statute for the Allegiance Commission system issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, October 8, 2007, as posted by the Saudi Press Agency.

The First Article:

One of the sons of the deceased, who may be disinterested or who is unable in line with a medical report, from the sons of King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Faisal Al-Saud - the Founder (of the Kingdom), to be appointed as a member at the allegiance commission in line with the following:

Firstly: 1- The King asks the sons of the deceased member of the Commission or who is unable from those who have reached the age of 17 to nominate two or three of them for the membership of the commission.

The sons of the deceased or who is unable from the sons of the sons nominate one of them to participate in naming the nominees for the commissionís membership. They should name the nominees within 15 days from receiving the nomination request.
In case of the expiry of the deadline without naming one of he nominees, then, the King has the right to appoint whom he may view as suitable for the commissionís membership.
The Commissionís Secretary General will prepare a report in this respect.

2- The King will ask one of the sons of King Abdulaziz or sons of the sons to nominate three of the sons of the deceased or who is unable in line with a medical report to name one of them for the membership of the commission. The King has the right to refer the nomination to one of the sons of the Founder to name one of the three nominees for the commission′s membership.

3- In all cases, the King names one of the sons of the deceased, who is disinterested or who is unable for the membership of the commission.

Secondly: Whoever is disinterested from the sons of the Founder to be a member of the Allegiance Commission, he should inform the King in writing and nominate one of his sons for the commissionís membership. If his notice does not include nomination of one of his sons to the Commissionís membership or if the King does not accept who may be nominated, then an appointment will take place in line with what is stipulated in paragraph (Firstly) in this article.

These rules are valid for sons of sons and their successors.

The Second Article:

1- The age of the member of the Commission, who is appointed in line with paragraphs 2 and 3 of the first article of the system of the Allegiance Commission, should not be less than 22

2- Nevertheless, he should be a man of a good reputation.

The Third Article:

Without violating what has been stipulated in the first article of the system of the Allegiance Commission, the period of the membership at the commission is fixed at four years. This term which cannot be renewed, starts from the date fixed in the Royal order about the appointment of the member. But, it will be possible to renew the term of the member if his brothers agree on that after the approval of the King.
The Fourth Article:

If a member fails to perform the duties of the membership and responsibilities, then, that will be investigated by a committee comprising three of the Commission′s members, to be named by its chairman. The committee will submit the outcome of the investigation to the commission.

If the Commission, with the approval of two thirds of its members, decides to dismiss the member who fails to perform his duties or responsibilities, then, the matter will be submitted to the King to take what he views is suitable.

The Fifth Article:

If the place of one of the members of the Allegiance Commission becomes vacant, then, the King will replace him by another member in line with the First and Second articles of the statute.

The Sixth Article:

In case of the death of the King, the Allegiance Commission holds a meeting immediately for naming the Crown Prince as the King.

The Seventh Article:

In line with the Seventh article of the system of the Allegiance Commission, the King sends within the first ten days of his allegiance as the King, a letter to the Chairman of the Allegiance Commission including whom he has named as the Crown Prince for presenting the matter to the Allegiance Commission, or asking the Commission to nominate the Crown Prince. The Commission should name its nominee within ten days from receiving the letter of the King.

The Eighth Article:

The meetings of the medical committee are confidential, and these meetings are to be attended by the Commission′s Secretary General. Medical reports are to be prepared at the commission′s venue confidentially, and these are to be signed by all members of the committee.

The Ninth Article:

The medical reports prepared by the medical committee are to be delivered to the Chairman of the Allegiance Commission in a sealed envelop, and these reports should not be read except at the commissionís meeting.

The Tenth Article:

In case of the absence of the two members of the medical committee, stipulated in the paragraphs 1 and 2 of the 14th article of the system of the Allegiance Commission, or in case of the place of one of them becoming vacant, then, the acting person will replace him.

But in case of absence of one of the deans of faculties of medicine mentioned in the paragraph 3, then the Commission should name who may replace him from the other deans of faculties of medicine.

The 11th Article:

The Secretary General, under the supervision of the Commission, undertakes sorting of votes and announcing the results.

The 12th article:

The Secretary General is to be in contact with the King, and the Secretary General will be responsible for all financial and administrative affairs of the Commission.

The 13th Article:

A documents′ center is to be established at the Commission, and the center be associated with the Secretary General. The center will preserve the Commission′s minutes (of the meetings) and all of its documents and reports pertaining to the Commission′s activities. And these documents should remain confidential.

The 14th Article:

The commission will have an annual budget, and expenditures should be in line with the rules and instructions approved by the King.

The 15th Article:

The Commission′s Secretary General is to be appointed at the rank of a minister, while his deputy is to be appointed at the excellent grade.

The 16th Article:

The jobs at the commissionís General Secretariat are to be filled in line with the rules and procedures of the Royal Court.

The 17th Article:

The employees of the Commission or those whom the Secretary General may seek their assistance should adhere to the confidentiality of all information and deliberations they may read during their works at the commission.
If they violate these regulations, then they will be liable for punishment in line with the systems and statutes.

The 18th Article:

The rules of this statute can be amended in line with a Royal order after the approval of the Allegiance Commission.
(last updated: 14-December-2007)

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