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Parliament of Rwanda

Inteko Ishinga Amategeko y’u Rwanda
Coat of arms of Rwanda.svg
HousesChamber of Deputies
Speaker of the Senate
Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies
Seats106 members (80 and 26)
proportional representation
Meeting place
An aerial view of new look of Rwanda Parliament Building in Kimihurura, Kigali on May 16, 2019. Emmanuel Kwizera.jpg
Parliament Building, Kigali

The Parliament of Rwanda (French: Parlement du Rwanda; Kinyarwanda: Inteko Ishinga Amategeko y’u Rwanda) consists of two chambers:[1]

Prior to 2003 the Parliament of Rwanda was unicameral. Former names are Legislative Assembly, National Development Council (French: Conseil national de développement) (1982–1994) and the Transitional National Assembly (1994–2003).

Women in Parliament

Rwanda's parliament has the highest percentage of women in a single house parliament worldwide.[2] The government has reserved 24 out of the 80 seats in the Chamber of Deputies for women. The 24 seats allocated to women are divided up between each province and the city of Kigali, where they are elected by an assembly made up of various councils and committees members.[3]

More women were granted seats due to the effects of the Rwandan Genocide on the population. After the Genocide against the Tutsi the population was made up of more women than men, and this was reflected in the makeup of Parliament.[4]

See also


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  2. ^ "Which countries have the most women in parliament?". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2016-04-11.
  3. ^ Paul, Kagame (May 26, 2003). "The Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda" (PDF). Rwanda Hope. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "Rwanda: The Only Government in the World Dominated by Women". International Business Times. Retrieved 2016-04-11.