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Committees

In the beginning of each legislative term, the council forms its permanent committees namely:
  • The Preparatory Committee which is held prior to each of the council sessions to prepare its agenda.
  • Interior & Defense Committee.
  • Financial & Economic Affairs, Industry & Petroleum Committee.
  • Legislative & Legal Affairs Committee.
  • Health affairs, labour and social affairs committee.
  • Education, Agriculture and Information Committee.
  • Municipalities & Public Utilities Committee.
  • Eastern Province Affairs Committee.
  • Western Province Affairs Committee.

The council shall have the right to form other permanent or temporary committees as per work needs and to lay down provisions concerning each committee as it deems proper.

The council committees' work mechanism:

In the beginning of each legislative term and the council having formed its committees, each committee elects a chairman and a reporter from its members. It shall also have a secretary from the council officials. In case of the chairman's absence, the reporter shall serve as a substitute for him. In case of the absence of both, the oldest of the attendance shall take their place. The council chairman shall undertake to call the committees for a meeting till their chairmen are elected.

The council sessions shall be confidential and be held in the presence of the members' absolute majority. Each meeting shall have a minutes briefing discussions, taking resolutions down and be signed by the committee chairman and reporter. Each of the council's members shall be entitled to attend the committees' sessions in which he is not a member only with the committee consent provided neither to intervene in the discussion nor to show any remarks.

Committees are convened upon its chairman's calling or upon the council chairman calling. They should be convened if so required by the members' majority and the committee convocation shall be at least 24 hours prior to its convention. The agenda shall be sent to the members.

The council refers the subject needed to be studied and discussed to the committee. The committees shall have the right, through the council chairman, to ask for the presence of the department competent head in order to consider the subject brought before it. In such case, the department head or its deputy should be present and he shall have the right to accompany one of the senior competent officials or experts provided that neither the department head nor his companion shall have a vote in the committee deliberation; however, their opinions shall be recorded in the report.

Committees can participate in discussing one subject and hold a joint meeting among them with the consent of the council chairman. In such case, the committee chairman and reporter shall be the oldest of the chairmen and reporters. The joint meeting to be valid, at least the members' majority should be present. Resolutions are passed by the members' majority approval.

A report about each subject referred to the committee briefing its works and showing its recommendations shall be referred by the committee to the council within two weeks from the subject referral. If the report submission reoccurred to be beyond the appointed time, the council may give another period or decide to settle the subject directly without waiting for the committee report.

The committee final report shall include the originally proposed project, the project ratified by the committee and the reasons upon which their opinion was based. The report should also include the minority opinion.