Parliament of Namibia
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Type
Type
HousesNational Council
National Assembly
Leadership
Lukas Sinimbo Muha, SWAPO
since 15 December 2020
Peter Katjavivi, SWAPO
since 21 March 2015
Structure
Seats146
National Council (42)
National Assembly (104)
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National Council political groups
Government (28)
  SWAPO (28)
Opposition (14)
  LPM (6)
  PDM (2)
  IPC (2)
  UDF (2)
  Independent (1)
  NUDO (1)
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National Assembly political groups
Government (71)
  SWAPO (63)
  Appointed members (8)
Opposition (33)
  PDM (16)
  LPM (4)
  NUDO (2)
  APP (2)
  UDF (2)
  RP (2)
  NEEF (2)
  RDP (1)
  CDV (1)
  SWANU (1)
Elections
National Council voting system
Indirect election by Regional Councils
National Assembly voting system
Closed list proportional representation and appointments by the President
National Council last election
25 November 2020
National Assembly last election
27 November 2019
Meeting place
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Tintenpalast, Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia
Website
www.parliament.na

The Parliament of Namibia is the national legislature of Namibia. It is a bicameral legislature and, thus, consists of two houses:[1][2] the National Council (upper house) and the National Assembly (lower house).

All cabinet members are also members of the lower house. This situation has been criticised by Namibia's civil society and the opposition as creating a significant overlap between executive and legislature, undermining the separation of powers. The seniority of cabinet members generally relegate ordinary MPs to the back benches.[3]

From Namibian independence until 2014 the National Assembly consisted of 78 members, 72 members elected by proportional representation and 6 members appointed by the president. The National Council had 26 representatives of the Regional Councils, 2 from each of the then thirteen regions.[1] Prior to the 2014 general elections the constitution was amended to increase both chambers to their current size.[2]

Speakers of Parliament

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "GRN Structure. The Legislature". Government of Namibia. Archived from the original on 18 August 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b Quadri, Maryam Omolara; Thomas, Erika K (2018). "Women and political participation in Namibia and Nigeria: a comparative analysis of women in elective positions" (PDF). Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. University of Namibia. 7 (2): 6–9. ISSN 2026-7215.
  3. ^ Sasman, Catherine (22 March 2013). "Mbumba's presence in Cabinet under spotlight". The Namibian. Archived from the original on 13 April 2013.