Would you want to live under a monarch’s rule? Well, here are the seven nations where monarchy is practised in full swing. Have a read and share your opinions on monarchy with us.
Do you know that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is named after it’s rulers? Yes, it is the Saud family who rules over Saudi Arabia. Currently the Al Saud (the house of Saud) has over 15,000 members. And by tradition, the head of the Al Saud becomes the monarch of Saudi Arabia. The key positions and majority of the wealth is held by only a group of 2000 Saudi family members. The King of Saudi Arabia appoints the key positions in the government like ministries of Defence, the Interior, and Foreign Affairs (which are usually held by members of the Saud family). The commoners occupy the positions like Finance, Labor, Information, Planning, Petroleum Affairs and Industry with Al Saud members serving as their deputies. The Al Saud has a very strong support from the religious group of Saudi Arabia, the business communities, and the population at large. Thus, the family has maintained its royal status.
Swaziland is a Beautiful country located in Africa. The country has an absolute monarchy in practice. The nation is ruled by Nywenyama Mswati III. The monarch appoints the Prime Minister and a number of representatives in the Senate and the House of Assembly in the Parliament. Like a democratic republic the elections take place after every five years for the formation of the general assembly, but still the ultimate power lies with the King himself.
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is an alliance of seven constituent monarchies; the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Qaiwain. UAE has a legislative assembly by the name of Federal Nation Council which consists of 40 members out of which 20 elected by the citizens of the UAE who are the members of the electoral college and the rest 20 members are appointed by the rulers of the constituent monarchies. The rulers of the respective constituencies have substantial power role in the country’s politics, laws and policies.
Guess what! The Pope is the head of the state in Vatican City. He has supreme legislative, executive and judicial power not only over Vatican City but also over the coextensive Holy See. Pope Francis is the current pope and the supreme head of state of Vatican City. And he will reign for his entire life.
The Al Thani family holds the monarchy over Qatar. Like any traditional king, the monarch of Qatar has supreme control over all the affairs of the nation. He has an exclusive power to appoint and remove the prime minister and cabinet ministers who, together, constitute the Council of Ministers. He appoints the council of ministers who are known as the Advisory Council (Majilis Al Shura). The Advisory council conduct discussions for formation or nullification of any law, but the final decision rests on the monarch himself.
Just like the Monarch of Qatar, the Sultan of Brunei – Hassanal Bolkiah has an absolute monarchy since he is the head of state and the head of government. There are 36 appointed members in the legislative council of the nation, but their role is only limited for discussions and consultations. The monarch himself is the final decision maker for his nation.
Like Brunei, the Sultan of Oman is not only the head of state, but also the head of government. The cabinet of ministers is entirely appointed by the Sultan himself. The monarch of Oman – Sultan Qabus also serves as the supreme commander of the armed forces, prime minister, and minister of defense, foreign affairs, and finance, thus making him a very powerful figure in the politics of Oman. The country does not have any other political parties or legislature. So whatever the monarch decides, becomes the law.