National Assembly (Ivory Coast)

National Assembly
Assemblée nationale
Parliament of Ivory Coast
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Political groups

Governing Party

Opposition Parties

First Past the Post
Last election
December 11, 2011
Meeting place
Le Plateau, Abidjan
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The National Assembly is lower house of the Parliament of Ivory Coast since November 2016. From 1960 to 2016, The National Assembly was Ivory Coast's unicameral legislative body. Evolved from semi-representative bodies of the French Colonial period, the first National Assembly was constituted on 27 November 1960 with 70 elected member (députés) in accordance with the Constitution of 31 October 1960, which created the First Republic.

Legislative power in Ivory Coast is exercised by Deputies elected from Constituencies (Circonscriptions) by a Scrutin de Liste or Plurality-at-large voting which has neither a proportional representation or panachage element common in many such systems.[1] The powers of this Assembly expire at the end of its second regular session (session ordinaire) in the fifth year of its mandate. The Assembly is then reformed by election from candidates who must be Ivorian citizens of 25 years or older who have never renounced their Ivorian nationality.[2]

The first National Assembly of the Second Republic of Ivory Coast elected for the period 2000-2005 was marked by both internal political crisis and the Ivorian Civil War. No elections were held in 2005, but with the peace deal ending the Civil War, elections are expected on 30 November 2008.[3]

The 2011 Ivorian parliamentery election was dominated by the Rally of the Republicans, the party of President Alassane Ouattara, followed by the Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire – African Democratic Rally. The current National Assembly is made up of 255 elected officials, with Guillaume Kigbafori Soro (RDR) as the current president.

After a new constitution was approved by referendum and ratified, members will exceptionaly be elected for a four-years term, instead of a five-years term usually, until the 2020 Ivorian parliamentary election. Tough the Parliament is officially bicameral, the National Assembly will act as Parliament until the Senate will be established.

Presidents of the National Assembly

Below is a list of Presidents of the Conseil général:

Name Entered office Left office
Auguste Denise 1947 1950

Below is a list of Presidents of the Territorial Assembly:

Name Entered office Left office
Victor Capai Djédjé 1950 1953
Félix Houphouët-Boigny 1953 1959

Below is a list of Presidents of the National Assembly:

Name Entered office Left office
Philippe Yacé 27 April 1959 1980
Henri Konan Bédié December 1980 1993
Charles Bauza Donwahi 8 January 1993 2 April 1997
Émile Atta Brou 1997 1999
Mamadou Koulibaly 22 January 2001 12 March 2012
Guillaume Kigbafori Soro 12 March 2012 Présent

Last election results

 Summary of the 11 December 2011 Ivorian National Assembly election results
Parties Votes % Seats
Rally of the Republicans (Rassemblement des Républicains) 820,468 42.1 127
Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire – African Democratic Rally (Parti Démocratique de la Côte d'Ivoire – Rassemblement Démocratique Africain) 556,223 28.6 76
Union for Democracy and Peace in Côte d'Ivoire (Union pour la Democratie et la Paix en Côte d'Ivoire) 60,095 3.1 7
Rally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace (Rassemblement des Houphouetistes pour la Démocratie et la Paix) 32,041 1.7 4
Movement of the Forces of the Future (Mouvement des Forces de l'Avenir) 478,401 24.6 3
Union for Côte d'Ivoire (Union pour la Côte d'Ivoire) 1
Independents 35
Total (turnout 35.9%) 1,947,228 100.0 255
Source:, Adam Carr's Election Archive

See also


  1. Loi N° 2000-514 du 1er août portant code électoral, article 68.
  2. Loi N° 2000-514 du 1er août portant code électoral, article 71.
  3. Poll expert sees Ivory Coast elections delay. Reuters, Ange Aboa, 04 Aug 2008.
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