”As Gulf monarchies face a generational transition in leadership, new challenges are emerging. The intensified royal competition comes amid dramatically transformed information environments; societies that are better educated and more engaged in public affairs; and an unstable regional environment that invites intervention”.
Two institutions play an important part in the process of forming a government: the newly elected House of Representatives and the King. A change in the procedure in 2012 shifted the initiative, formally at least, from the King to the House of Representatives.
”La identificación de la monarquía parlamentaria con la prosperidad del liberalismo hizo no poco para asimilarla a una noción de progreso. No hace falta irse muy lejos para comprobar la vigencia de ese paradigma: la propia España constitucional demuestra que la monarquía es una pervivencia pero dista de ser un anacronismo”
“El soberano sueco apenas ejerce funciones en relación con los poderes del Estado y las escasas que tiene atribuidas son de naturaleza ceremonial, con la única excepción de presidir el Consejo de Ministros”.
“Authorized biographical rendition of the life, times and thoughts of His Majesty Al Sultan Almu’tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah the Fifth and Fourteenth King of Malaysia”
“After four queens, the Netherlands’ new head of state is now a king. But who is he? How long did he struggle with his fate? Who are the people behind the scenes, the new ‘kingmakers’? How have they helped create the man who will have to live up to his mother’s high standards?”
“King Hussein of Jordan was a man of slight build who possessed a powerful personality and immense political stature. He was in every respect except the physical a towering figure whose courage helped to earn him the popular title ‘Lion of Jordan'”