Nicaragua

National Assembly

Political system
Presidential system
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
Asamblea Nacional (National Assembly)
Chamber name
Asamblea Nacional (National Assembly)
Structure & status of parliament
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1965 to 1978
from 1981
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC)

Speaker

Official title
President of the National Assembly
Speaker
Gustavo Porras Cortés (Male)
Date of birth: 11 Oct 1954
Term
09 Jan 2017
Additional information

Elected on 9 Jan. 2017, re-elected on 9 Jan. 2019, on 9 Jan. 2021, on 9 Jan. 2022 and on 9 Jan. 2024.

Speaker terms

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Secretary general

Official title
Executive Secretary (Secretaria ejecutiva)
Secretary General
Zeydi Cristina Zelaya Delgado (Female)
Term
07 Sep 2018
Notes

Appointed on 7 Sep. 2018.

Members

Statutory number of members
91

Notes:

Other: the runner-up in the presidential election.

In accordance with Article 133 of the Constitution, the National Assembly may comprise up to 92 members: 90 directly elected members and 2 other members: (1) The outgoing President and Vice President of the Republic, who alternate as members of the National Assembly; and (2) the runner-up in the most recent presidential election and their running mate, who also alternate their membership.

The current legislature, elected in 2021, includes only the runner-up in the presidential election and their running mate. They alternate as members, meaning that there are 91 members in all.

Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members
90
Other members
1
Current number of members
91
Men
42
Women
49
Percentage of women
53.8%
Population (in thousands)
6,851
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
75,286

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
59.7
(2022-01)
Youngest member
Yitsy Hernández Talavera (Female)
Youngest member (years)
35
Oldest member
Gladis de los Angeles Báez (Female)
Oldest member (years)
79
Number of members, by age (2022-01)
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 0 6 0 11 19 9 0 0 45
Female 0 0 5 2 5 16 13 5 0 0 46
Totals per age interval 0 0 5 8 5 27 32 14 0 0 91
Total <= 45: 13 Total >= 46: 78
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
5.5% 0% 5.5%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
14.3% 7% 7.7%

Reserved seats and quotas

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

Notes: Voluntary political party quotas.

Sources: cf. individual party statutes.

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