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Brunei Darussalam

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Legislative Council

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Majlis Mesyuarat Negara (Legislative Council)
Chamber name
Majlis Mesyuarat Negara (Legislative Council)
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
Speaker of the Legislative Council
Speaker
Abdul Rahman (Male)
Year of birth
1942
Term
11.02.2015
Additional information
Speaker: Mr. Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Dato Setia Haji Mohamed Taib
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Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Secretary General
Secretary general
Haji Asar (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Secretary General: Mr. Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Jaya Dato Paduka Awang Haji Judin bin Haji Asar

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
Principal mode of designation of members
Appointed members Appointed, for example, by the Head of State.
20
Other members For example, ex-officio members of parliament, such as Cabinet members, members of the royal family, Attorney General, Speaker if appointed from outside parliament.
13
Note on the statutory number of members
- Appointed members: the Speaker, two titled persons, seven prominent citizens in public service and various fields of endeavour, and eight representatives from four districts. - Other: The Sultan, the Crown Prince and Cabinet ministers (currently 11) who are ex officio members. The Constitution provides that the Legislative Council should consist of not more than 45 members as follows: - Up to 30 people appointed by the Sultan from ex officio members (Cabinet Ministers), titled people, and prominent citizens in public service and various fields of endeavour. - Up to 15 representatives from the country's four districts: Brunei and Muara (up to seven members), Belait (up to three), Tutong (up to three) and Temburong (up to two). In addition, the Sultan and the Crown Prince are ex officio members.
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
33
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
3
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
9.09% See historical data for this field.
Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
Population (in thousands) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
418
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Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.

Age

Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Khairunnisa binti Awg Hj Ashari (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
78
Oldest member
Pehin Datu Imam Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Hamid bin Bakal (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.
Number of reserved seats, by group
Notes
1) Members that are bestowed with titles, 2) Members appointed as distinction achievers, 3) Members appointed as District representatives
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.