National Assembly of Burkina Faso

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National Assembly
l’Assemblée nationale
4th National Assembly
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Seats 111 members
Meeting place
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Parliament Building, Ouagadougou
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The unicameral National Assembly is the Burkina Faso's legislative body. In 1995, it became the lower house of a bicameral Parliament, but the upper house (Chamber of Representatives) was abolished in 2002. The upper house was to have been restored under the name "Senate" in the June 2012 constitutional amendments.[1] This revision was never executed due to an extended and unresolved political confrontation over the Senate's establishment, which left the country effectively with a unicameral legislature as of the October 2014 constitutional crisis.[2]

On 30 October 2014, as part of the 2014 Burkinabè uprising, protesters stormed the parliament building and set fire to it, in anger at the Parliament's decision to amend the Constitution of Burkina Faso to abolish term limits, which would have effectively paved the way for President Blaise Compaoré to remain in office for another five-year term.[3]

Latest election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 6 May 2007 National Assembly of Burkina Faso election results
Parties Votes % Seats +/–
Congress for Democracy and Progress (Congrès pour la Démocratie et le Progrès) 1,373,230 58.9 73 +16
Alliance for Democracy and Federation–African Democratic Rally 249,768 10.7 14 –3
Union for the Republic (Union pour la République) 100,392 4.3 5 +5
Union for Rebirth/Sankarist Movement (Union pour la Renaissance/Mouvement Sankariste) 90,788 3.9 4 +1
Convention of the Democratic Forces of Burkina (Convention des Forces Démocratiques de Burkina) 54,621 2.3 3 +3
Union of Sankarist Parties (Union des Partis Sankarist) 40,609 1.7 2 +2
Party for Democracy and Progress/Socialist Party (Parti pour la Démocratie et le Progrès/Parti Socialiste) 423,820 18.1 2 –8
Rally for the Development of Burkina (Rassemblement pour le Développement du Burkina) 2 +2
Party for Democracy and Socialism (Parti pour la Démocratie et le Socialisme) 2 ±0
National Rebirth Party (Parti de la Renaissance Nationale) 1 –3
African Independence Party (Parti Africain de l'Indépendance) 1 –4
Citizen’s Popular Rally (Rassemblement Populaire des Citoyens) 1 +1
Union for Democracy and Social Progress (Union pour la Démocratie et le Progrès Social) 1 +1
Total (turnout 56.4%) 2,520,488 111
Source: African Elections Database

Past composition[edit]

The past National Assembly, formed following elections held on 5 May 2005, has a total of 111 members. Members are elected by direct popular vote in multi-member constituencies (21 from one national constituency and 90 from 13 regional constituencies - 2 to 10 per region) using the party-list proportional representation system. All members serve five-year terms.

Political party distribution in the current National Assembly is as follows:

Soungalo Ouattara has been President of the National Assembly since 2012. Previously the post was held by Roch Marc Christian Kaboré from 2002 to 2012.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kere, Barthélemy. "Constitution of Burkina Faso - WIPO (français)" (PDF). WIPO. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Coulibaly, Nadoun. "Burkina Faso : vers un référendum constitutionnel pour Blaise Compaoré?". Groupe Jeune Afrique. Jeune Afrique. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Taoko, Herve; Cowell, Alan; Callimachi, Rukmini (30 October 2014). "Violent Protests Topple Government in Burkina Faso". New York Times Company. New York Times. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 

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