Kuwait

National Assembly

Political system
Monarchy
Structure of parliament
Unicameral
IPU membership
Yes

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)
Structure & status of parliament
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
4

Notes: The newly elected National Assembly, which was due to hold its first session on 14 May 2024, was dissolved by the Emir. There is currently no functioning Parliament in Kuwait.

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1964 to 1975
from 1981 to 1985
from 1992
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
Arab group

Speaker

Official title
No information available
The post of Speaker is currently vacant
Yes
Additional information

15 Feb. 2024 -

Speaker terms

No information available

Secretary general

Official title
Secretary General
Secretary General
Khaled Almutairi (Male)
Term
01 Jun 2023
Notes

Appointed on 1 June 2023.

Members

Statutory number of members
65

Notes:

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 (currently 16) of the number of elected members of the National Assembly. They must include at least one member of the National Assembly.

Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members
50
Other members
15
Current number of members
Not applicable
Men
Not applicable
Women
Not applicable
Percentage of women
0.0%
Population (in thousands)
4,250
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
Click for historical data

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
50.3
(2024-04)
Youngest member
Jarah Khaled Al-Fawzan (Male)
Youngest member (years)
34
Oldest member
Ahmad Al-Saadoun (Male)
Oldest member (years)
89
Number of members, by age (2024-04)
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 7 12 6 18 4 1 1 0 49
Female 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Totals per age interval 0 0 7 12 7 18 4 1 1 0 50
Total <= 45: 19 Total >= 46: 31
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
14.0% 14% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
38.0% 38% 0.0%
Members for whom age data is not available
15
(2024-04)

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
No information available
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