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Kuwait

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National Assembly

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
Majles Al-Ommah (National Assembly)
Chamber name
Majles Al-Ommah (National Assembly)
Parliamentary term (years)
4

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1964-01 to 1976-01
from 1981-01 to 1986-01
from 1992-01
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.
Arab group

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
Speaker of the National Assembly
Speaker
Marzouq Ali M. Al-Ghanim (Male)
Year of birth
1968
Term
06.08.2013
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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
Allam Ali Jaafar Al-Kandari (Male)

Members

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.
50
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.
15
Note on the statutory number of members
Directly elected: 50 members are directly elected. At least one of them will join the Cabinet. (It is not possible to simultaneously serve in the Cabinet and as an MP. Therefore the number of directly elected MPs will decrease by the number appointed to the Cabinet). MPs who join the Cabinet can resign at any time and take back their parliamentary seats. Other: Cabinet ministers who were not elected as members of the National Assembly are considered ex officio members. They can vote at the National Assembly, except in votes of confidence. The number of Ministers shall not exceed one third of the number of the members of the National Assembly (currently 16). They must include at least one member of the National Assembly. This brings the parliament's total membership to a maximum of 65. The 16-member Cabinet formed in December 2016 comprises one elected member. The National Assembly thus comprises 49 directly elected members and 16 Cabinet 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.
65
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Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
62
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.
4.62% 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.
3,936
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Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
60,554 See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
Not available
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Nasser Sa’ad Alduosiri (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
72
Oldest member
Hamad Saif Alharshani (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 0 2 7 10 19 10 0 0 0
Total <= 45: 9 Total >= 46: 39
Male 0 0 2 7 10 19 10 0 0 0 48
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger0%0%0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger4.17%4.17%0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger18.75%18.75%0%
Members for whom data is available
48

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.
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.