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National Assembly

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Djibril Cavayé Yeguie (Male)
Year of birth
1940
Additional information
Re-elected on 5 Nov. 2013, 18 March 2014, 17 March 2015, 15 March 2016, 21 March 2017, 3 March 2018, on 14 March 2019 and on 17 March 2020.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Gaston Komba (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 14 April 2020.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
119
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
61
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
33.89% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
55.00
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Nafissatou Alim (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
78
Oldest member
Sime Pierre (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
33 See historical data for this field.
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
147 See historical data for this field.
Total per sex
Total of male
119 See historical data for this field.
Total of female
61 See historical data for this field.
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
2 See historical data for this field.
31-40
14 See historical data for this field.
41-45
17 See historical data for this field.
46-50
27
51-60
64 See historical data for this field.
61-70
41 See historical data for this field.
71-80
15 See historical data for this field.
81-90
0
91 and over
0
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 14 17 27 64 41 15 0 0
Total <= 45: 33 Total >= 46: 147
Male 0 0 11 14 18 43 25 8 0 0 119
Female 0 2 3 3 9 21 16 7 0 0 61
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger1.11%0%1.11%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger8.89%6.11%2.78%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger18.33%13.89%4.44%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Legislated Candidate Quota. Article 151 (3) of the Electoral Code states that each list of candidates must take into account different sociological components of the constituency. It must also take account of gender.
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1961
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1946
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Prior to independence, women in the French administered part of Cameroon were granted the right to vote on 27 October 1946 with foundation of the French Union and the 4th Republic. Following the "Loi Lamine Guèye" all citizens of the Union territories had the right to vote for the French Parliament. This right was extended to local legislative assemblies on 23 June 1956 by the Loi-cadre Deferre and confirmed at independence.
Women’s right to stand for election
Women's right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1946
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1960

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Network of parliamentarians for the promotion of Gender Equality (REPAGE)
(January 2011)
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
No
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus

- Gender equality; women's emancipation; budgeting; violence against women
- Family issues.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes