Brunei Darussalam

Legislative Council

Political system
Monarchy
Structure of parliament
Unicameral
IPU membership
No

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)
Structure & status of parliament
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
No information available

Speaker

Official title
Speaker of the Legislative Council
Speaker
Abdul Rahman (Male)
Date of birth: 05 Dec 1942
Term
11 Feb 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

Speaker terms

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Secretary general

Official title
Secretary General
Secretary General
Haji Asar (Male)
Term
No information available
Notes

Secretary General: Mr. Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Jaya Dato Paduka Awang Haji Judin bin Haji Asar

Members

Statutory number of members
45

Notes:

- 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.

Principal mode of designation of members
Appointed
Appointed members
20
Other members
14
Current number of members
34
Men
30
Women
4
Percentage of women
11.8%
Population (in thousands)
445
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
9,889

Age

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
59.2
(2023-01)
Youngest member
(Female)
Youngest member (years)
34
Oldest member
(Male)
Oldest member (years)
88
Number of members, by age (2023-01)
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
Male 0 0 1 2 2 12 10 1 2 0 30
Female 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4
Totals per age interval 0 0 2 2 3 13 11 1 2 0 34
Total <= 45: 4 Total >= 46: 30
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
5.9% 3% 2.9%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
11.8% 9% 2.9%

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
No
Electoral quota for women
No
Youth quota
No

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
Constitution

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No