Country ranking for field: legislative branch 1996

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This entry has three subfields. The description subfield provides the legislative structure (unicameral – single house; bicameral – an upper and a lower house); formal name(s); number of member seats; types of constituencies or voting districts (single seat, multi-seat, nationwide); electoral voting system(s); and member term of office. The elections subfield includes the dates of the last election and next election. The election results subfield lists percent of vote by party/coalition and number of seats by party/coalition in the last election (in bicameral legislatures, upper house results are listed first). In general, parties with less than four seats and less than 4 percent of the vote are aggregated and listed as 'other,' and non-party-affiliated seats are listed as 'independent.' Also, the entries for some countries include two sets of percent of vote by party and seats by party; the former reflects results following a formal election announcement, and the latter – following a mid-term or byelection – reflects changes in a legislature’s political party composition.

1flag of AfghanistanAfghanistan0 
2flag of PalauPalauBicameral Parliament 
3flag of New ZealandNew ZealandUnicameral House of Representatives:(commonly called Parliament) elections last held 6 November 1993 
4flag of NicaraguaNicaraguaUnicameral National Assembly 
5flag of NigerNigerUnicameral National Assembly:Elected by proportional representation for a five-year term; election last held 12 January 1995 
6flag of NigeriaNigeriaBicameral National Assembly Senate:Suspended after military takeover of 17 November 1993 House of Representatives:Suspended after military takeover of 17 November 1993 
7flag of NiueNiueUnicameral Legislative Assembly:Elections last held 23 February 1996 
8flag of Norfolk IslandNorfolk IslandUnicameral Legislative Assembly:Elections last held 20 May 1992 
9flag of North KoreaNorth KoreaUnicameral Supreme People's Assembly 
10flag of Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana IslandsBicameral Legislature Senate:Elections last held NA November 1993 
11flag of NorwayNorwayModified unicameral Parliament 
12flag of OmanOmanUnicameral Consultative Council 
13flag of PakistanPakistanBicameral Parliament 
14flag of PanamaPanamaUnicameral Legislative Assembly 
15flag of NepalNepalBicameral Parliament National Council:Consists of a 60-member body 50 appointed by House of Representatives and 10 by the King House of Representatives:Elections last held 15 November 1994 
16flag of Papua New GuineaPapua New GuineaUnicameral National Parliament:(sometimes referred to as the House of Assembly) elections last held 13-26 June 1992 
17flag of ParaguayParaguayBicameral Congress 
18flag of PeruPeruUnicameral Congress:Elections last held 9 April 1995 
19flag of PhilippinesPhilippinesBicameral Congress 
20flag of Pitcairn IslandsPitcairn IslandsUnicameral Island Council:Elections take place each December; election last held NA December 1997 
21flag of PolandPolandBicameral National Assembly 
22flag of PortugalPortugalUnicameral Assembly of the Republic 
23flag of Puerto RicoPuerto RicoBicameral Legislative Assembly Senate:Elections last held 3 November 1992 
24flag of QatarQatarUnicameral Advisory Council 
25flag of RomaniaRomaniaBicameral Parliament Senate 
26flag of RussiaRussiaBicameral Federal Assembly Federation Council:178 seats filled ex-officio by the top executive and legislative officials in each of the 89 federal administrative units 
27flag of New CaledoniaNew CaledoniaUnicameral Territorial Assembly:Elections last held 9 July 1995 
28flag of NauruNauruUnicameral Parliament:Elections last held 18 November 1995 
29flag of Saint HelenaSaint HelenaUnicameral Legislative Council:Elections last held July 1993 
30flag of Marshall IslandsMarshall IslandsUnicameral Parliament 
31flag of LiechtensteinLiechtensteinUnicameral Diet 
32flag of LithuaniaLithuaniaUnicameral Seimas 
33flag of LuxembourgLuxembourgUnicameral Chamber of Deputies 
34flag of MacauMacauunicameral Legislative Assembly 
35flag of MacedoniaMacedoniaUnicameral Assembly 
36flag of MadagascarMadagascarBicameral Parliament Senate 
37flag of MalawiMalawiUnicameral National Assembly:Elections last held 17 May 1994 
38flag of MalaysiaMalaysiaBicameral Parliament 
39flag of MaldivesMaldivesUnicameral; members elected for five-year terms or appointed by the president Citizens' Council 
40flag of MaliMaliUnicameral National Assembly:Elections last held on 8 March 1992 
41flag of MaltaMaltaUnicameral House of Representatives:Elections last held 22 February 1992 
42flag of MartiniqueMartiniqueUnicameral General Council and a unicameral Regional Assembly General Council:Elections last held NA March 1994 
43flag of NamibiaNamibiaBicameral legislature National Council:Elections last held 30 November-3 December 1992 
44flag of MauritaniaMauritaniaBicameral legislature Senate 
45flag of MauritiusMauritiusUnicameral Legislative Assembly:Elections last held on 20 December 1995 
46flag of MayotteMayotteUnicameral General Council 
47flag of MexicoMexicoBicameral National Congress 
48flag of MoldovaMoldovaUnicameral Parliament:Elections last held 27 February 1994 
49flag of MonacoMonacoUnicameral National Council 
50flag of MongoliaMongoliaUnicameral State Great Hural:Elections held for the first time 28 June 1992 
51flag of MontserratMontserratUnicameral Legislative Council:Elections last held 8 October 1991; results_percent of vote by party NA; seats_(11 total 7 elected) NPP 4 NDP 1 PLM 1 independent 1 
52flag of MoroccoMoroccoUnicameral Chamber of Representatives 
53flag of MozambiqueMozambiqueUnicameral Assembly of the Republic 
54flag of MyanmarMyanmarPeople's Assembly 
55flag of RwandaRwandaUnicameral National Development Council:Sworn in on 25 November 1994; seats_(70 total) RPF 19 MDR 13 PSD 13 PL 13 PDC 6 PSR 2 PDI 2 other 2 
56flag of Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and NevisUnicameral House of Assembly:Elections last held 3 July 1995 
57flag of LiberiaLiberiaUnicameral Transitional Legislative Assembly the members of which are appointed by the leaders of the major factions in the civil war 
58flag of United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab EmiratesUnicameral Federal National Council 
59flag of TokelauTokelauUnicameral General Fono:Seats_(45 total 15 chosen by each of the three atoll's Council of Elders or Taupulega) 
60flag of TongaTongaunicameral 
61flag of Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and TobagoBicameral Parliament Senate:Consists of a 31-member body appointed by the president House of Representatives:Elections last held 6 November 1995 
62flag of TunisiaTunisiaUnicameral Chamber of Deputies 
63flag of TurkeyTurkeyUnicameral Grand National Assembly of Turkey:(Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi) elections last held 24 December 1995 
64flag of TurkmenistanTurkmenistanUnder 1992 constitution there are two parliamentary bodies a unicameral People's Council 
65flag of Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks and Caicos IslandsUnicameral Legislative Council:Elections last held 31 January 1995 
66flag of TuvaluTuvaluUnicameral Parliament 
67flag of U.S. Virgin IslandsU.S. Virgin IslandsUnicameral Senate:Elections last held 8 November 1994 
68flag of UgandaUgandaUnicameral National Assembly:Elections last held in 1980; note_the National Assembly was dissolved in July 1985 following a military coup and was succeeded on 1 February 1986 by the interim National Resistance Council initially consisting of 23 appointed members but by early-1989 enlarged to 278 members of whom 210 were indirectly elected; the National Resistance Council which had served as Uganda's acting legislature for more than 10 years was dissolved on 15 June 1996 to prepare for the popular election of a new legislature on 27 June 1996 in keeping with the provisions of the new constitution 
69flag of UkraineUkraineUnicameral Supreme Council 
70flag of United KingdomUnited KingdomBicameral Parliament House of Lords:Consists of a 1200-member body four-fifths are hereditary peers 2 archbishops 24 other senior bishops serving and retired Lords of Appeal in Ordinary other life peers Scottish peers House of Commons:Elections last held 9 April 1992 
71flag of The NetherlandsThe NetherlandsBicameral legislature 
72flag of United StatesUnited StatesBicameral Congress Senate:Elections last held 5 November 1996 
73flag of UruguayUruguayBicameral General Assembly 
74flag of UzbekistanUzbekistanUnicameral Supreme Council:Elections last held 25 December 1994 
75flag of VanuatuVanuatuUnicameral Parliament:Elections last held 30 November 1995 
76flag of VenezuelaVenezuelaBicameral Congress of the Republic 
77flag of VietnamVietnamUnicameral National Assembly 
78flag of Wallis and FutunaWallis and FutunaUnicameral Territorial Assembly 
79flag of Western SamoaWestern SamoaUnicameral Legislative Assembly 
80flag of YemenYemenUnicameral House of Representatives:Elections last held 27 April 1993 
81flag of ZaireZaireUnicameral; Parliament:a single body consisting of the High Council of the Republic and the Parliament of the Transition with membership equally divided between presidential supporters and opponents 
82flag of ZambiaZambiaUnicameral National Assembly:Elections last held 31 October 1991 
83flag of TogoTogoUnicameral National Assembly:Elections last held 6 and 20 February 1994 
84flag of The GambiaThe GambiaUnicameral House of Representatives:Elections last held on 29 April 1992 
85flag of Saint LuciaSaint LuciaBicameral Parliament Senate:Consists of an 11-member body 6 appointed on the advice of the prime minister 3 on the advice of the leader of the opposition and 2 after consultation with religious economic and social groups House of Assembly:Elections last held 27 April 1992 
86flag of South AfricaSouth AfricaBicameral National Assembly:Elections last held 26-29 April 1994 
87flag of Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesUnicameral House of Assembly:Elections last held 21 February 1994 
88flag of San MarinoSan MarinoUnicameral Great and General Council:(Consiglio Grande e Generale) elections last held 30 May 1993 
89flag of Saudi ArabiaSaudi ArabiaA consultative council comprised of 60 members and a chairman who are appointed by the King for a term of four years 
90flag of SenegalSenegalUnicameral National Assembly 
91flag of SeychellesSeychellesUnicameral People's Assembly 
92flag of Sierra LeoneSierra LeoneUnicameral House of Representatives:Elections last held NA February 1996 
93flag of SingaporeSingaporeUnicameral Parliament:Elections last held 31 August 1991 
94flag of SlovakiaSlovakiaUnicameral National Parliament 
95flag of SloveniaSloveniaBicameral National Assembly State Assembly:Elections last held 6 December 1992 
96flag of Solomon IslandsSolomon IslandsUnicameral National Parliament:Elections last held 26 May 1993 
97flag of SomaliaSomaliaUnicameral People's Assembly People's Assembly 
98flag of South KoreaSouth KoreaUnicameral National Assembly 
99flag of The BahamasThe BahamasBicameral Parliament Senate:A 16-member body appointed by the governor general House of Assembly:Elections last held 19 August 1992 
100flag of SpainSpainBicameral The General Courts or National Assembly 
101flag of Sri LankaSri LankaUnicameral Parliament:Elections last held 16 August 1994 
102flag of SudanSudanUnicameral 
103flag of SurinameSurinameUnicameral National Assembly 
104flag of SwazilandSwazilandBicameral Parliament is advisory Senate:Consists of 30 members 
105flag of SwedenSwedenUnicameral Parliament 
106flag of SwitzerlandSwitzerlandBicameral Federal Assembly 
107flag of SyriaSyriaUnicameral People's Council 
108flag of TaiwanTaiwanUnicameral Legislative Yuan and unicameral National Assembly Legislative Yuan:Elections last held 2 December 1995 
109flag of TajikistanTajikistanUnicameral National Assembly 
110flag of TanzaniaTanzaniaUnicameral National Assembly 
111flag of ThailandThailandBicameral National Assembly 
112flag of LibyaLibyaUnicameral General People's Congress:National elections are indirect through a hierarchy of peoples' committees 
113flag of LesothoLesothoBicameral Parliament Senate:Consists of 33 members 
114flag of AlbaniaAlbaniaUnicameral People's Assembly 
115flag of Christmas IslandChristmas IslandNone 
116flag of Burkina FasoBurkina FasoUnicameral Assembly of People's Deputies:Elections last held 24 May 1992 
117flag of BurundiBurundiUnicameral National Assembly 
118flag of Cabo VerdeCabo VerdeUnicameral People's National Assembly 
119flag of CambodiaCambodiaUnicameral National Assembly:Members elected for five-year terms; elections last held 23 May 1993 
120flag of CameroonCameroonUnicameral National Assembly 
121flag of CanadaCanadaBicameral Parliament 
122flag of Cayman IslandsCayman IslandsUnicameral Legislative Assembly:Election last held November 1992 
123flag of Central African RepublicCentral African RepublicUnicameral National Assembly 
124flag of ChadChadUnicameral National Consultative Council 
125flag of ChileChileBicameral National Congress 
126flag of ChinaChinaUnicameral National People's Congress:(Quanguo Renmin Daibiao Dahui) elections last held March 1993 
127flag of Cocos IslandsCocos IslandsUnicameral Cocos 
128flag of BruneiBruneiUnicameral Legislative Council 
129flag of ColombiaColombiaBicameral Congress 
130flag of ComorosComorosUnicameral Federal Assembly 
131flag of CongoCongoBicameral National Assembly 
132flag of Cook IslandsCook IslandsUnicameral Parliament:Elections last held 24 March 1994 
133flag of Costa RicaCosta RicaUnicameral Legislative Assembly 
134flag of CroatiaCroatiaBicameral parliament Assembly 
135flag of CubaCubaUnicameral National Assembly of People's Power:(Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular) elections last held February 1993 
136flag of CyprusCyprusUnicameral Greek area: House of Representatives 
137flag of Côte d'IvoireCôte d'IvoireUnicameral National Assembly 
138flag of DenmarkDenmarkUnicameral Parliament 
139flag of DjiboutiDjiboutiUnicameral Chamber of Deputies 
140flag of BulgariaBulgariaUnicameral National Assembly 
141flag of British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin IslandsUnicameral Legislative Council:Election last held 20 February 1995 
142flag of Dominican RepublicDominican RepublicBicameral National Congress 
143flag of AzerbaijanAzerbaijanUnicameral National Assembly 
144flag of AlgeriaAlgeriaUnicameral; note_suspended since 1992 National People's Assembly 
145flag of American SamoaAmerican SamoaBicameral Legislative Assembly 
146flag of AndorraAndorraUnicameral General Council of the Valleys:(Consell General de las Valls; elections last held 12 December 1993 
147flag of AngolaAngolaUnicameral National Assembly 
148flag of AnguillaAnguillaUnicameral House of Assembly:Elections last held 16 March 1994 
149flag of Antigua and BarbudaAntigua and BarbudaBicameral Parliament Senate:17 member body appointed by the governor general House of Representatives:Elections last held 8 March 1994 
150flag of ArgentinaArgentinaBicameral National Congress 
151flag of ArmeniaArmeniaUnicameral National Assembly:Elections last held 5 July 1995 
152flag of ArubaArubaUnicameral Legislature 
153flag of AustraliaAustraliaBicameral Federal Parliament Senate:Elections last held 2 March 1996 
154flag of AustriaAustriaBicameral Federal Assembly 
155flag of BahrainBahrainUnicameral National Assembly was dissolved 26 August 1975 and legislative powers were assumed by the Cabinet; appointed Advisory Council established 16 December 1992 
156flag of BrazilBrazilBicameral National Congress 
157flag of BangladeshBangladeshUnicameral National Parliament 
158flag of BarbadosBarbadosBicameral Parliament Senate:Consists of a 21-member body appointed by the governor general House of Assembly:Election last held 6 September 1994 
159flag of BelarusBelarusUnicameral Supreme Soviet:elections last held May Nov-Dec 1995 
160flag of BelgiumBelgiumBicameral Parliament Senate:(Flemish_Senaat French_Senat; elections last held 21 May 1995 
161flag of BelizeBelizeBicameral National Assembly Senate:Consists of an 8-member appointed body; 5 members are appointed on the advice of the prime minister 2 on the advice of the leader of the opposition and 1 after consultation with the Belize Advisory Council 
162flag of BeninBeninUnicameral National Assembly 
163flag of BermudaBermudaBicameral Parliament Senate:Consists of an 11-member body appointed by the governor House of Assembly:Elections last held 5 October 1993 
164flag of BhutanBhutanUnicameral National Assembly 
165flag of BoliviaBoliviaBicameral National Congress 
166flag of Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBicameral National Assembly Chamber of Municipalities 
167flag of BotswanaBotswanaBicameral Parliament House of Chiefs:Is a largely advisory 15-member body consisting of chiefs of the 8 principal tribes 4 elected subchiefs and 3 members selected by the other 12 National Assembly:Elections last held 15 October 1994 
168flag of DominicaDominicaUnicameral House of Assembly:Elections last held 12 June 1995 
169flag of EcuadorEcuadorUnicameral National Congress 
170flag of LebanonLebanonUnicameral National Assembly 
171flag of IsraelIsraelUnicameral 
172flag of Holy SeeHoly SeeUnicameral Pontifical Commission 
173flag of HondurasHondurasUnicameral National Congress 
174flag of Hong KongHong Kongunicameral Legislative Council 
175flag of HungaryHungaryUnicameral National Assembly 
176flag of IcelandIcelandUnicameral Parliament 
177flag of IndiaIndiaBicameral Parliament Sansad Council of States Rajya Sabha 
178flag of IndonesiaIndonesiaUnicameral House of Representatives 
179flag of IranIranUnicameral Islamic Consultative Assembly 
180flag of IraqIraqUnicameral National Assembly 
181flag of IrelandIrelandBicameral Parliament 
182flag of Isle of ManIsle of ManBicameral Tynwald Legislative Council:Consists of a 10-member body composed of the Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man a nonvoting attorney general and 8 others named by the House of Keys House of Keys:Elections last held NA 1996; results_percent of vote NA; seats_(24 total) independents 24 
183flag of ItalyItalyBicameral Parliament 
184flag of GuyanaGuyanaUnicameral National Assembly:Elections last held on 5 October 1992 
185flag of JamaicaJamaicaBicameral Parliament Senate:Consists of a 21-member body appointed by the governor general House of Representatives:Elections last held 30 March 1993 
186flag of JapanJapanBicameral Diet 
187flag of JerseyJerseyUnicameral Assembly of the States:Elections last held NA 
188flag of JordanJordanBicameral National Assembly 
189flag of KazakhstanKazakhstanBicameral Parliament Senate:Elections 
190flag of KenyaKenyaUnicameral National Assembly 
191flag of KiribatiKiribatiUnicameral House of Assembly 
192flag of KuwaitKuwaitUnicameral National Assembly 
193flag of KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstanBicameral Supreme Council 
194flag of LaosLaosUnicameral National Assembly:Members elected for five-year terms; elections last held 20 December 1992 
195flag of LatviaLatviaUnicameral Parliament 
196flag of HaitiHaitiBicameral National Assembly 
197flag of GuineaGuineaUnicameral People's National Assembly 
198flag of EgyptEgyptBicameral People's Assembly 
199flag of French GuianaFrench GuianaUnicameral General Council and a unicameral Regional Council General Council:Elections last held NA March 1994 
200flag of El SalvadorEl SalvadorUnicameral Legislative Assembly 
201flag of Equatorial GuineaEquatorial GuineaUnicameral House of People's Representatives:(Camara de Representantes del Pueblo) elections last held 21 November 1993; seats_(82 total) PDGE 72 various opposition parties 10 
202flag of EritreaEritreaUnicameral National Assembly:75 members of the PFDJ Central Committee 
203flag of EstoniaEstoniaUnicameral Parliament 
204flag of EthiopiaEthiopiaFederal Council:Upper chamber having NA members represents the ethnic interests of the regional governments and is elected by the regional assemblies Council of People's Representatives:Lower chamber having 550 members elected by popular vote 
205flag of Falkland IslandsFalkland IslandsUnicameral Legislative Council:Elections last held 11 October 1989 
206flag of Faroe IslandsFaroe IslandsUnicameral Faroese Parliament 
207flag of Federated States of MicronesiaFederated States of MicronesiaUnicameral Congress:Elections last held 7 March 1995 
208flag of FijiFijiBicameral Parliament Senate:Nonelective body members are appointed by the president and serve five-year terms; seats_(34 total 24 reserved for ethnic Fijians 9 for Indians and others and 1 for the island of Rotuma) House of Representatives:Members serve five-year terms; elections last held 18-25 February 1994 
209flag of FinlandFinlandUnicameral Parliament 
210flag of FranceFranceBicameral Parliament 
211flag of French PolynesiaFrench PolynesiaUnicameral Territorial Assembly:Elections last held 17 March 1991 
212flag of Guinea-BissauGuinea-BissauUnicameral National People's Assembly:(Assembleia Nacional Popular) elections last held 3 July and 7 August 1994 
213flag of GabonGabonUnicameral; note_the provision of the constitution for the establishment of a senate has not been implemented National Assembly 
214flag of GeorgiaGeorgiaUnicameral Georgian Parliament 
215flag of GermanyGermanyBicameral chamber 
216flag of GhanaGhanaUnicameral Parliament:Elections last held 29 December 1992 
217flag of GibraltarGibraltarUnicameral House of Assembly:Elections last held January 1992 
218flag of GreeceGreeceUnicameral Chamber of Deputies 
219flag of GreenlandGreenlandUnicameral Parliament 
220flag of GrenadaGrenadaBicameral Parliament Senate:Consists of a 13-member body 10 appointed by the government and 3 by the Leader of the Opposition House of Representatives:Elections last held on 20 June 1995 
221flag of GuadeloupeGuadeloupeUnicameral General Council and unicameral Regional Council General Council:Elections last held NA March 1992 
222flag of GuamGuamUnicameral Legislature:Elections last held 8 November 1994 
223flag of GuatemalaGuatemalaUnicameral Congress of the Republic 
224flag of GuernseyGuernseyUnicameral Assembly of the States:Elections last held NA 
225flag of ZimbabweZimbabweUnicameral Parliament:Elections last held 8-9 April 1995 

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