The Senate was the upper house of Parliament in Mauritania from April 1992[1] to 2017. The Senate had 56 members, 53 members elected indirectly for a six-year term by municipal councillors with one third renewed every two years and 3 members elected by Mauritanians abroad.

The Senate was an attempt to guarantee a minimum level of representation to every part of Mauritania, irrespective of population. The Senate had especially budgetary, financial and oversight powers.[1]

In 2017, the Senate was abolished as a result of a constitutional referendum;[2] the last election was held in 2007.

See also


  1. ^ a b Pazzanita, Anthony (1996). Historical Dictionary of Mauritania. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-3095-0.
  2. ^ "Mauritania Senate abolished in referendum". BBC. 7 August 2017.