National Assembly (Djibouti)

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National Assembly

Assemblée nationale
الجمعية الوطنية
6th National Assembly
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President of the Assembly
Mohamed Ali Houmed, UMP
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Political groups
     Union for the Presidential Majority (43)

     Union for National Salvation (21)


  •      CDU (1)
Last election
February 2018
Meeting place
Assemblee Nationale, Djibouti
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The National Assembly, formerly known as the Chamber of Deputies, is the unicameral legislative branch of the government of Djibouti.


It consists of 65 members – 30 Somali (21 Issa) and 30 Afar – elected to serve five-year terms in multi-seat (4 to 37 each) constituencies. The first free multi-party parliamentary election since independence (1977) was held in 2003, with the ruling coalition, led by the People's Rally for Progress (RPP), receiving 62.7% of the vote.

Idriss Arnaoud Ali was President of the National Assembly from 2003 until his death in 2015. He was succeeded by Mohamed Ali Houmed.

For its entire existence, the National Assembly has been dominated by the Popular Rally for Progress, which is presently the senior partner in the Union for a Presidential Majority coalition. From 1981 to 1992, the RPP was the sole legal party. Even after opposition parties were legalized in 1992, the RPP won every seat in the legislature. From 1997 onward, it fought elections as part of a coalition, known since 2003 as the UMP, which continued to sweep every seat. Opposition parties did not manage to enter the legislature until 2013. The Djiboutian political system concentrates most power in the president's hands, and there is little opposition to executive decisions.


Name Took office Left office Notes
Ahmed Dini Ahmed 13 May 1977 13 July 1977 [1]
Saad Warsama Dirie 1977 1979 [1]
Abdoulkader Waberi Askar 1979 1993 [1]
Said Ibrahim Badoul 1993 2003 [1]
Idriss Arnaoud Ali 21 January 2003 12 February 2015
Mohamed Ali Houmed 1 March 2015 Incumbent

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  1. ^ a b c d "Les Anciens Presidents". National Assembly. 19 April 2016.