National Assembly of the Gambia

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National Assembly of the Gambia
Coat of arms or logo
Abdoulie Bojang (APRC)
Since 12 November 2010
Majority Leader
Fabakary Jatta (APRC)
Since 27 January 2007
Minority Leader
Samba Jallow (NRP)
Since 19 April 2012
Seats 53
National Assembly of the Gambia diagram.svg
Political groups

Government (48)[note 1]

  •      APRC (48)

Opposition (1)

  •      NRP (1)


First-past-the-post and appointments by the President
Last election
29 March 2012
Meeting place
Parliament Buildings, Banjul
The Gambian National Assembly
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The National Assembly of the Gambia is the unicameral legislature of the Gambia.

The authorisation for the National Assembly lies in Chapter VII of the Constitution of the Gambia. It is composed of 48 members directly elected through first past the post, and a further five members appointed by the President.

Composition and electoral system[edit]

The National Assembly is unicameral and consists of 53 members who serve a five-year term. 48 members are directly elected while the remaining five are appointed by the President. Members are elected in single-member constituencies using the simple majority, or First-past-the-post system.


Legislative representation based on universal adult suffrage in the Gambia began in May 1962, when elections were held for a 32-seat House of Representatives. These elections were won by the People's Progressive Party (PPP), which was led by Dawda Jawara. After independence in 1965, the PPP continued to dominate the House of Representatives by winning a series of free, democratic elections in 1966, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, and 1992. While opposition parties were continuously present in the House, they were never able to successfully wrest power from the PPP. Jawara's government was overthrown in a July 1994 military coup led by Yahya Jammeh. The constitution and all elected institutions, including the House of Representatives, were dissolved. After the coup, political party activities were banned. The ban was lifted in August 1996 following the approval of a new constitution, but three Jawara-era parties – the PPP, Gambian People's Party (GPP), and the National Convention Party (NCP) remained proscribed.

Legislative elections to the renamed National Assembly took place on 2 January 1997. Jammeh's Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) won 33 out of 45 seats, the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) won 7, two went to both the National Reconciliation Party (NRP) and Independents, with the People's Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) winning the remaining seat.

The Independent Electoral Commission (Gambia) (de) (IEC) lifted the ban on the PPP, GPP, and NCP in August 2001, five months before the next scheduled legislative election.

2012 election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 29 March 2012 Gambian parliamentary election results
Parties Votes % Seats +/–
Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction 80,289 51.82 43 +1
National Reconciliation Party 14,606 9.43 1
Independents 60,055 38.76 4 +3
Invalid/blank votes 0
Total 154,950 100 48 0
Registered voters/turnout 796,929 38.71
Source: Independent Electoral Commission, IFES


The current composition of the leader of the National Assembly is as follows: Abdoulie Bojang is the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Deputy Speaker position is currently vacant, Fabakary Jatta is the Majority Leader, and Samba Jallow is the Minority Leader. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker may only be chosen from among the presidential appointees to the National Assembly, not the elected members.[1]

Role Term of Office Party
Speaker of the National Assembly
Abdoulie Bojang 12 November 2010–present APRC
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly
Fatou Mbye 29 November 2010–present APRC
Majority Leader
Tamsir Jallow 1997–2002 APRC
Baba Jobe 2002–2003 APRC
Churchill Baldeh 2003–2007 APRC
Fabakary Jatta 2007–present APRC
Minority Leader
Kemesseng Jammeh 2 January 1997–17 January 2002 UDP
Halifa Sallah 17 January 2002–25 January 2007 PDOIS
Momodou L. K. Sanneh 25 January 2007–29 March 2012 UDP
Samba Jallow 29 March 2012–present NRP

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Includes 5 unelected representatives appointed by the president.


  1. ^ Political Parties of the World (6th edition, 2005), ed. Bogdan Szajkowski, page 242.

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Coordinates: 13°27′37″N 16°34′53″W / 13.46028°N 16.58139°W / 13.46028; -16.58139