Good news for non-Arabic speakers. The Shura Council now has an English version of its website: http://www.shura.gov.bh/en/
. Unfortunately, the website doesn't do a terribly good job of explaining to visitors what exactly the Shura Council is. So for those who don't know, Bahrain has a bicameral parliament consisting of the House of Deputies (Majlis an-Nawab
) and the Shura Council. The 40 members of the House of Deputies are directly elected to serve 4-year terms, whereas the 39 members of of the Shura Council are all appointed by the King.
One point of interest with regards to the Shura Council is that it contains 6 women, a Christian, and a Jew
. Compare that with the directly elected House of Deputies which is made up entirely of Muslim men