National Assembly (Ivory Coast)

The National Assembly is lower house of the Parliament of Ivory Coast since November 2016. From 1960 to 2016, The National Assembly was Ivory Coast's unicameral legislative body. Evolved from semi-representative bodies of the French Colonial period, the first National Assembly was constituted on 27 November 1960 with 70 elected members (députés) in accordance with the Constitution of 31 October 1960, which created the First Republic.

National Assembly

Assemblée nationale
Parliament of Ivory Coast
Coat of arms or logo
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Political groups
Government coalition



First past the post
Last election
18 December 2016
Meeting place
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Le Plateau, Abidjan

Legislative power in Ivory Coast is exercised by Deputies elected from Constituencies (Circonscriptions) by a Scrutin de Liste or Plurality-at-large voting which has neither a proportional representation or panachage element common in many such systems.[1] The powers of this Assembly expire at the end of its second regular session (session ordinaire) in the fifth year of its mandate. The Assembly is then reformed by election from candidates who must be Ivorian citizens of 25 years or older who have never renounced their Ivorian nationality.[2]

The first National Assembly of the Second Republic of Ivory Coast elected for the period 2000–2005 was marked by both internal political crisis and the Ivorian Civil War. No elections were held in 2005, but with the peace deal ending the Civil War, elections are expected on 30 November 2008.[3]

The 2011 Ivorian parliamentary election was dominated by the Rally of the Republicans, the party of President Alassane Ouattara, followed by the Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire – African Democratic Rally. The current National Assembly is made up of 255 elected officials, with Guillaume Kigbafori Soro (RDR) as the current president.

After a new constitution was approved by referendum and ratified, members will exceptionally be elected for a four-years term, instead of a five-years term usually, until the 2020 Ivorian parliamentary election.[citation needed] Though the Parliament is officially bicameral, the National Assembly will act as Parliament until the Senate will be established.

Presidents of the National AssemblyEdit

Below is a list of Presidents of the Conseil général:

Name Entered office Left office
Auguste Denise 1947 1950

Below is a list of Presidents of the Territorial Assembly:

Name Entered office Left office
Victor Capai Djédjé 1950 1953
Félix Houphouët-Boigny 1953 1959

Below is a list of Presidents of the National Assembly:

Name Entered office Left office
Philippe Yacé 27 April 1959 1980
Henri Konan Bédié December 1980 1993
Charles Bauza Donwahi 8 January 1993 2 April 1997
Émile Atta Brou 1997 1999
Mamadou Koulibaly 22 January 2001 12 March 2012
Guillaume Kigbafori Soro 12 March 2012 8 February 2019
Amadou Soumahoro 7 March 2019 Present

Last election resultsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Loi N° 2000-514 du 1er août portant code électoral, article 68.
  2. ^ Loi N° 2000-514 du 1er août portant code électoral, article 71.
  3. ^ Poll expert sees Ivory Coast elections delay. Reuters, Ange Aboa, 04 Aug 2008.

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