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The Parliament of Rwanda (Kinyarwanda: Inteko Ishinga Amategeko) has two chambers. The upper house is the Senate (Sena). The Senate has 26 members elected or appointed for eight-year terms: 12 elected by provincial and sectoral councils, 8 appointed by the President of the Republic to ensure the representation of historically marginalized communities, 4 by the Forum of Political Parties, and 2 elected by the staff of the universities. Additionally former presidents can request to become a member of the Senate.