Chamber of DeputiesSenate

Chamber of Deputies

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
Parliament (Parlement)
Chamber name
Chambre des Députés (Chamber of Deputies)
Structure & Status of parliament This field is to indicate lower/upper in the back end.
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1971 to 1973
from 1982 to 1994
from 1995
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
African Group


Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies
Donatille Mukabalisa (Female)
Year of birth
Additional information
Re-elected on 18 Sep. 2018.
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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
Kambanda Jeannine (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 13 Sep. 2016.


Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected members Directly elected by citizens.
Indirectly elected members Indirectly elected, for example by regional parliaments or an electoral college.
Note on the statutory number of members
Indirectly elected members: These include:
- 24 women by electoral colleges from each Province and the City of Kigali; 
- Two members elected by the National Youth Council;
- One member elected by the Federation of the Associations of the Disabled.
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
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Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
61.25% 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)
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Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Clarisse Imaniriho (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Oldest member
Fidèle Rwigamba (Male)
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 2 18 20 17 18 5 0 0 0
Total <= 45: 40 Total >= 46: 40
Male 0 1 8 4 6 7 5 0 0 0 31
Female 0 1 10 16 11 11 0 0 0 0 49
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger2.5%1.25%1.25%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger25%11.25%13.75%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger50%16.25%33.75%
Members for whom data is available

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

Persons with disabilities
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
‘Twenty four (24) female Deputies shall be elected by specific organs in accordance with national administrative entities. A Presidential Order shall determine a national administrative entity and the number of women Deputies to be elected at each entity. At each entity through which election has been conducted, candidates who obtain more votes shall be considered as elected’ ( )
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.
Reserved seat. 2 MPs under 35 years of age shall be elected to the Chamber of Deputies by the National Youth Council