National Legislature (South Sudan)

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National Legislature of South Sudan
Houses National Legislative Assembly
Council of States
Speaker (Assembly)
James Wani Igga
since 9 July 2011
Deputy Speaker (Assembly)
Lawrence Lual Lual
since 9 July 2011
Meeting place
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The National Legislature of South Sudan[1] is the legislature of South Sudan. The National Legislature consists of:

The National Legislature has its seat in Juba, South Sudan.


The legislative competences of the National Government of South Sudan are vested in the National Legislature in respect of all matters assigned to it in Schedules A, C and D of the Transitional Constitution (read together with Schedule E of the Transitional Constitution).[2] This role includes:[3]

  • considering and passing amendments to the Constitution;
  • enacting legislation;
  • discussing statements by the President of South Sudan and taking decisions as may be necessary;
  • authorizing annual allocation of resources and revenue;
  • reconsidering a bill which has been rejected by the President;
  • impeaching the President;
  • approving any declaration of war;
  • confirming any declaration of a state of emergency.


A candidate for membership of the National Legislature must:

  • be a South Sudanese;
  • be at least twenty-one years of age;
  • be of sound mind;
  • be literate; and
  • not have been convicted during the last seven years of an offence involving honesty or moral turpitude.

Members of the National Legislature and the Council of Ministers are eligible for membership of state legislatures or state councils of ministers. A member of the National Legislative Assembly cannot also be a member of the Council of States (and vice versa). The term of the National Legislature shall be four years from July 9, 2011.[4] The Constitution is a transitional Constitution and the terms relating to future general elections are not contained in it. However, there are provisions included for by-elections should vaccancies arise during the first four-year period.


The establishment of the National Legislature is one of the new institutions created upon the independence of South Sudan in 2011. In substance, it is also a successor to the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly, itself established in 2005 by the Constitution of Southern Sudan.


  1. ^ Art. 55(1) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan gives the body its name stating - "There shall be established a National Legislature..."
  2. ^ Art. 55(2) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan
  3. ^ Art. 55(3) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan
  4. ^ Art. 66 of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan

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