Most schools have some form of a student council. Some with legitimate power, but most with a ceremonial role. I always liked to think of it as a fascist state; the school trying to appease its people, the students, by providing some small form of political participation. My school had a system where each grade would elect 3 representatives all collectively holding a single vote, which they submit to the council.
This was essentially our parliament. The most common outcome of the meetings was each grade focusing on their own separate wants, seldom leading to any genuine reform. As we got older the system shifted from a parliamentary system within an authoritarian state to our own presidential government within the larger state; as if it was a nation. This included a President, Vice President, Treasurer, etc. Whenever the school had an upcoming event the council would discuss what they wanted to do, and together come up with a solution.
The significance behind this is how it can be applied to political institutions in the region. In Jordan the parliament is widely regarded as a “rubber stamp” to whatever the king wants. In Syria the votes nearly always end up to be 99% in favor of Al-Assad.
In Saudi, the various councils hold little significance in the face of the absolute power of the king, or at least they used to. The new king is suffering from mental illness and is incapable of ruling the country. What was once an absolute monarchy has very rapidly devolved into an oligarchy. The government now being run by councils such as our Council of Security and Political Affairs (CPSA). The members of this committees, who previously held little power, now determine both national and international policy, and will decide the fate of the country. Delegates, you are this council.
As KAMUN’17 approaches, you will transition from being citizens of an authoritarian state to being leaders of an authoritarian state. You will be responsible for solving the country’s outstanding conflicts. You will make the decisions of war and peace. You will have the chance to decide the nation’s future.
President of the Crisis Committee (King Salman Bin Abdel-Aziz Al-Saud)
President of the Crisis Committee
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