Iraqi parliamentary election, 1996

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Iraqi parliamentary election, 1996
1989 ←
March 24, 1996 → 2000

All 250 seats to the National Assembly of Iraq
126 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Iraq, Saddam Hussein (222).jpg Mesud Barzani.jpg
Leader Saddam Hussein Masoud Barzani
Party Ba'ath Party KDP
Last election 207 0
Seats won 161 3
Seat change Decrease46 Increase3

Prime Minister before election

Saddam Hussein
Ba'ath Party

Elected Prime Minister

Saddam Hussein
Ba'ath Party

Parliamentary elections were held in Iraq on 24 March 1996.[1] The election was contested by 689 candidates,[2] although 30 MPs were appointed to represent Iraqi Kurdistan.[3] The result was a victory for the Ba'ath Party, which won 161 of the 250 seats. Voter turnout was reported to be 93.5%.[2]

All candidates "had been approved beforehand by a committee chaired by the Justice Minister".[2]

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Party Votes % Seats +/–
Ba'ath Party 161 –46
Independents and bloc parties 83 +40
Kurdistan Democratic Party 3 New
Kurdistan Revolutionary Party 2 New
Iraqi Communist Party 1 New
Invalid/blank votes
Total 7,480,000 250 0
Source: IPU


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p97 ISBN 0-19-924958-X
  2. ^ a b c Iraq Inter-Parliamentary Union
  3. ^ Nohlen et al., p101