People's Council of Syria
People’s Council of Syria
NPF (200)Independents (50)
Length of term
|13 April 2016|
|On or before 13 April 2020|
|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. In 2016 Hadiya Khalaf Abbas, Ph.D., representing Deir Ezzor since 2003, became the first woman elected to be the Speaker. In 2017, Hammouda Sabbagh became the first Orthodox Christian to have held the post.
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.
The last elections were held on the 13th of April, 2016. 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.
|National Progressive Front (al-jabha al-waTaniyyah at-taqaddumiyyah)||200|
|Popular Front for Change and Liberation||0|
|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)
- Syrian National Congress (1919–1920)
- Arab Kingdom of Syria (1920)
- Syrian National Congress (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)
- Chamber of Deputies (1961–1963)
- National Revolutionary Council (1965–1966)
- People's Council (1971–present)
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- انتخاب مسيحي أرثوذكسي رئيسًا لمجلس الشعب السوري (in Arabic)
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