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Swaziland Parlimentary Offices

Eswatini / Africa

The Swaziland Parliament Offices consists of two chambers: The Senate (Upper Chamber) and The House of Assembly (Lower Chamber). The Senate may debate or pass a bill except from a “money bill”, which must first be introduced in the lower chamber.

The Senate must not exceed 31 members and currently numbers 30. The King of Eswatini appoints 20, while the remaining 10 are elected by the House of Assembly. Of these, at least 8 of the 20 and at least 5 of the 10 must be women. However, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union database, in 2013 there were only 10 of the minimum stipulated 13.

The House of Assembly may debate and pass bills. A maximum of 76 members are permitted by section 95 of the Constitution. There are currently 66. 55 members are elected from single-member constituencies corresponding to the tinkhundlas (tribal communities). The King appoints the remaining 10 members; half must be women.

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