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Coordinates: 33°31′5″N 36°17′35″E / 33.51806°N 36.29306°E / 33.51806; 36.29306

People’s Council of Syria

مجلس الشعب
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Hammouda Sabbagh, NPF-ASBP[1]
since 28 September 2017
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Political groups

     NPF (200)

     Independents (50)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
13 April 2016
Next election
On or before 13 April 2020
Meeting place
Parliament Building, Damascus, Syria

The People's Council (Arabic: مجلس الشعب‎, Majlis al-Sha'ab; French: Assemblée du peuple) is Syria's legislative authority. It has 250 members elected for a four-year term in 15 multi-seat constituencies. There are two main political fronts; the National Progressive Front and Popular Front for Change and Liberation. The 2012 elections, held on 7 May, resulted in a new parliament that, for the first time in four decades, is based on a multi-party system.[2] In 2016 Hadiya Khalaf Abbas, Ph.D., representing Deir Ezzor since 2003, became the first woman elected to be the Speaker.[3][4][5][6] In 2017, Hammouda Sabbagh became the first Orthodox Christian to have held the post.[7]

The council meets at least three times a year and in special occasions called by the council's president or the president of the country.[8]

Latest electionsEdit

The last elections were held on the 13th of April, 2016.[9] The elections saw a recording 11,341 candidates seeking to run in the elections, and over 5 million voters out of 8 million eligible cast their votes.[9]

The National Progressive Front won 200 out of 250 seats, 172 of which were for the Ba'ath Party, while 50 Independents held the rest of the seats.

e • d Summary of the 4 April 2016 People's Council of Syria election results
Parties Votes % Seats Seats inside
National Progressive Front (al-jabha al-waTaniyyah at-taqaddumiyyah) 200
Popular Front for Change and Liberation 0
Non-partisans (Independent) 50
Total   250
Source: Syrian parliament

Names of legislatureEdit

The name of the legislature in Syria has changed, as follows, as has the composition and functions:

  • Under the Occupied Enemy Territory Administration (1917–1920)
  • Arab Kingdom of Syria (1920)
  • State of Syria, part of the French Mandate (1922–1930)
    • Constituent Council (1923–1925)
    • Constituent Assembly (1924–1930)
  • Syrian Republic (1930–58)
    • Council of Representatives (1932–1933)
    • Chamber of Deputies (1932–1946)
    • House of Representatives (1947–1949)
    • Constituent Assembly (1949–1951)
    • Chamber of Deputies (1953–1958)
  • United Arab Republic (1958–1961)
    • Chamber of Deputies (1958–1960)
  • Syrian Arab Republic (1961–present)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Little known Syrian politician elected parliament speaker". Fox News. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Assad says Syria 'able' to get out of crisis". Al Jazeera. 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
  3. ^ Hadiyeh Khalaf Abbas Elected as First Woman Speaker of Syrian People’s Assembly
  4. ^ Hadiyeh Khalaf Abbas elected as first woman speaker of People’s Assembly
  5. ^ [ Hadiyeh Khalaf Abbas elected as the first woman Speaker of the People’s Assembly]
  6. ^ Syrian Parliament Elects First Woman Speaker Since 1919
  7. ^ انتخاب مسيحي أرثوذكسي رئيسًا لمجلس الشعب السوري (in Arabic)
  8. ^ Phillips, Douglas A.; Gritzner, Charles F. (2010). Syria. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 9781438132389.
  9. ^ a b "Assad's party wins majority in Syrian election". France 24. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2018.

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