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Government in Southwest Asia
Transcript of Government in Southwest Asia
In Southwest Asia
SS7CG5 The student will explain the structures of the modern governments of Southwest Asia.
a. Compare the parliamentary democracy of the State of Israel, the monarchy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the theocracy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, distinguishing the form of leadership and the role of the citizen in terms of voting rights and personal freedoms.
Distribution of power: unitary
Citizen Participation: Parliamentary Democracy
President is ceremonial.
Prime Minister is head of state.
Citizens over 18 can vote
Unicameral Legislature called Knesset
King's rule limited by Islamic Law (Theocracy)
No voting rights
Theocratic Republic with a President
Government based on Islamic Law
Supreme Leader is religious leader that
has final say on all matters
Council of Experts and President are elected by the people
Supreme Leader may remove President from power
Compare and Contrast the governments of
Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.
1. Which country's government has the most citizen participation?
2. In which of these countries would the leader have to be a direct descendant of the prior leader of the country?
3. In a parliamentary system, who is the head of government?
Teacher in Saudi Arabia