السعودية ƆAL-SACŪDĪAḦ
Officially: المملكة العربية السعودية ɔal-Mamlakaḧ ɔal-Carabīaḧ ɔal-Sacūdīaḧ .
English: Saudi Arabia.
Seat of government: الرياض ɔal-Rīād .
Status: Not democratic.
Structure: Government is led by a son of عبد العزيز السعود Cabd ɔul-Cazīz ɔal-Sacūd (ابن سعود Ɔibn Sacūd ), chosen for life by factions within the ruling family, typically in balance with his predecessor and successor.
Governing party: آل سعود Ɔāl Sacūd .
Head of government: سلمان بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود Salmān bin Cabd ɔul-Cazīz ɔāl Sacūd , ملك malik .
Assessment: Highly repressive, theocratic, and patriarchal. Previous ruler عبدالله Cabdɔullah (ملك malik , 2005-15) became the ruler de facto in 1995 after the incapacitation of his half-brother فهد Fahd (ملك malik , 1982-2005). Local elections have been held (2005, 2011) in which male citizens were allowed to participate; women are to be allowed to participate in 2015. After سلمان Salmān acceded, he first named another half-brother to succeed him (مقرن Muqrin ) and his nephew محمد بن نايف Muham:ad bin Nājaf (by a full brother) to succeed مقرن Muqrin , which would make محمد Muham:ad the first ruler outside of founding ruler عبد العزيز Cabd ɔul-Cazīz and his sons. Shortly after, سلمان Salmān made محمد Muham:ad the successor and named his own son محمد بن سلمان Muham:ad bin Salmān as next in line, thus concentrating the succession in his own سديري Sudajrī branch of the family.
FH: 7-7, not free. Econ: 1.71 (163), authoritarian.
Updated: 2015 May 3.
 

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