National Assembly (Malawi)
|Founded||26 May 1964|
New session started
|9 June 2014|
DPP (50) |
Length of term
|20 May 2014|
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The National Assembly of Malawi is the supreme legislative body in the nation. It is situated on Capitol Hill, Lilongwe along Presidential Way. The National Assembly alone possesses legislative supremacy and thereby ultimate power over all other political bodies in Malawi. At its head is the Speaker of the House who is elected by his or her peers. Since June 2014 the Speaker is Richard Msowoya.
Though the Constitution of Malawi provides that there shall be a Senate and a National Assembly, in practice, Malawi has a unicameral legislative body as only the latter is functional. Its composition consists of Members of Parliament from each constituency who are more commonly addressed as "Members of Parliament" or "MP's". The National Assembly has 194 members who are directly elected in single member constituencies using the simple majority (or first-past-the-post) system and serve five-year terms.
The current parliament was inaugurated on 9 June 2014 after the 2014 general election. No party managed to secure a majority in the house. Two by-elections are expected to be held for the Thyolo East and Blantyre North constituencies. Peter Mutharika won the presidential election and therefore cannot serve the former constituency while a Malawi Congress Party candidate died prior to the election in the latter.
- 2007 Malawian political crisis
- History of Malawi
- Legislative Branch
- List of legislatures by country
- List of Speakers of the National Assembly of Malawi
- List of current members of the National Assembly of Malawi
- The Constitution Provides for a Senate - In Practice the Senate has not yet been Established; Compare the Federation Council of Iraq.
- Article 49 of the Constitution of Malawi: "'Parliament' consists of the National Assembly, the Senate and the President as Head of State."
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