Parliament of Rwanda
Inteko Ishinga Amategeko y’u Rwanda
|Houses||Chamber of Deputies|
Speaker of the Senate
Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies
|Seats||106 members (80 and 26)|
|Parliament Building, Kigali|
The Parliament of Rwanda (French: Parlement du Rwanda; Kinyarwanda: Inteko Ishinga Amategeko y’u Rwanda) consists of two chambers:
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).
Rwanda's parliament has the highest percentage of women in a single house parliament worldwide. 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.
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.