National Assembly (Malawi)

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National Assembly
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Type Unicameral
Seats 194 members
Voting system Single-member constituency
Meeting place
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The National Assembly of Malawi is the supreme legislative body in the nation. It is currently situated on Capitol Hill, Lilongwe along Presidential Way. The National Assembly alone possesses legislative supremacy and thereby ultimate power over all other political bodies in Malawi. At its head is the Speaker of the House who is elected by his or her peers.[1] Currently, the Speaker is Henry Chimunthu Banda.

Though the Constitution of Malawi provides that there shall be a Senate as well a National Assembly, in practice, Malawi has a unicameral legislative body as only the latter is functional.[2] Its composition consists of Members of Parliament from each constituency who are more commonly addressed as "Members of Parliament" or "MP's". The current National Assembly has 194 members who are directly elected in single member constituencies using the simple majority (or First-past-the-post) system and serve five-year terms.

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