Chamber of Deputies (Rwanda)
|Chamber of Deputies
Chambre des Députés
Rose Mukantabana, Women
since 6 October 2008
|Proportional representation and indirect election|
|15- 18 September 2008|
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The Chamber of Deputies (Umutwe w'Abadepite or Chambre des Députés) is the lower house of the bicameral national legislature of Rwanda. It was created under the new Constitution adopted by referendum in 2003.
The Chamber is made up of 80 deputies. Of these, 53 are elected for five-years term by proportional representation and 24 are elected by provincial councils; of the remainder, two are appointed by the National Youth Council, and one by the Federation of the Associations of the Disabled.
The first election to the new Chamber of Deputies was held on 29 and 30 September 2003. Of 3,958,058 registered voters, 3,818,603 votes were cast (96.5% turnout) and the 53 directly elected seats were distributed as follows:
|Coalition||Rwandese Patriotic Front (Front patriotique rwandais)||3,655,956||78.76||42|
|Christian Democratic Party (Parti démocratique chrêtien)|
|Islamic Democratic Party (Parti démocratique islamique)|
|Rwandese Socialist Party (Parti socialiste rwandais)|
|Prosperity and Solidarity Party (Parti de la Solidarité et du Progrès)|
|Party for Progress and Concord (Parti du Progrès et de la Concorde )|
|Democratic Union of the Rwandese People (Union démocratique du People rwandais)|
|Social Democratic Party (Parti social démocrate)||609,327||13.12||7|
|Liberal Party (Parti libéral)||348,186||7.5||4|
|Total (turnout 98.5 %)||4,697,689||100.0||80|
The first five parties make up the FPR-led ruling coalition.
With 51 out of 80 of its members being women, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies has the highest proportion of women members of any lower or sole legislative chamber in the world.
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