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Majlis Nawwab ash-Sha'ab (Assembly of People's Representatives)


Parliament name -
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Structure of parliament Unicameral
Affiliation to the IPU Yes
Affiliation date(s) 1957 -
President Mohamed Ennaceur (M) 
Notes Elected on 4 Dec. 2014.
Secretary General Hajer Sahraoui (F) 
Notes Appointed on 6 Oct. 2017.
Members (statutory / current number) 217 / 217

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Women (current number) 68 (31.34%)
Mode of designation directly elected 217
Notes Note: 18 seats are reserved for Tunisians abroad.
Term 5 years
Last renewal dates 26 October 2014
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Address Assemblée des représentants du peuple
Palais du Bardo 2000 TUNIS
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Phone (216 71) 51 02 00, 51 02 89
Fax (216 71) 51 46 08, 51 89 99
E-mail arp@arp.tn


Parliament name -
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Electoral law 1 May 2014
Elections and Referendum Act
Mode of designation directly elected 217
Constituencies 33 constituencies in all:
- 27 multi-member constituencies in Tunisia for 199 seats (between four and 10 seats each)
- six constituencies abroad for 18 seats: two in France (five seats each), one each in Italy (three seats) and Germany (one seat); one for the rest of Europe and the Americas (two seats), one for the Arab States and the rest of the world (two seats).
Voting system Proportional: Party-list system
- Constituency seats are initially allocated on the basis of the electoral quota and subsequently using the largest remainder method. Should two or more lists have equal remainders, the youngest candidate takes precedence.
- If only one list is submitted in a constituency, it is declared elected no matter how many votes it obtains.
- In the event of a vacancy, the member of parliament concerned is replaced by a candidate drawn from the main list within 15 days. If there are no more candidates on the main list, a by-election is held within 90 days.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Tunisian citizenship or Tunisian nationality
- full possession of civil and political rights
- be registered on the list of voters
- military personnel
- persons who have been given an additional sentence within the meaning of Article 5 of the Criminal Code
- persons prohibited from voting by law because of obvious insanity
Eligibility - qualified voters
- age: 23 years
- Tunisian citizen for at least ten years

- Judges
- Heads of diplomatic missions and diplomatic and consular posts
- Governors
- governorate first delegates, secretaries general, sector delegates and heads
The above cannot stand in the constituency in which they performed their duties for at least one year before depositing their candidacy.
Incompatibilities - Members of the government
- Officials of the State, statutory bodies, public corporations, local communities or companies in which the public authorities have a direct or indirect stake
- Directors of a statutory body, a public corporation or a company in which the public authorities have a direct or indirect stake
- Council members elected in local communities
- Officials of a foreign State
- Officials of an international governmental or non-governmental organization
Candidacy requirements - Candidacies are presented on the basis of gender equality, with women and men alternating on the list. Except in the case of constituencies with an odd number of seats, any list failing to uphold this principle is rejected.
- In constituencies in which there are four or more seats, the first four candidates on each list must include one who is at most 35 years old. Should that condition not be met, the list will lose half of the total amount of public funding to which it is entitled.


Parliament name -
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 26 October 2014
Timing and scope of renewal The elections were the first to be held under the new Constitution adopted in January 2014. No party won an outright majority in the newly-formed Assembly of People's Representatives. Nidaa Tounes, a secular party led by former Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi, came in first, taking 86 of the 217 seats. It won 17 more than Ennahdha, an Islamist party which had been the largest force in the previous National Constituent Assembly. Two other parties won more than 10 seats: the Free Patriotic Union (UPL) led by businessman Slim Riahi and the Popular Front, a leftist coalition, led by Mr. Hamma Hammami, which took 16 and 15 seats respectively. Another 15 parties entered parliament with less than 10 seats. Following the example of the 2011 elections to the National Constituent Assembly, the 2014 electoral law required that electoral lists be presented on the basis of gender equality, with women and men alternating on the list. 68 women were elected (31%), up from 57 in 2011.

Following the elections to the National Constituent Assembly in October 2011, Ennahdha had formed a coalition government with two secular parties: the Congress for the Republic (CPR) and the Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties (FDTL, Ettakatol). However, street protests over the murder of two prominent opposition figures by Islamist militants in February and July 2013 led two successive Prime Ministers from the Ennahdha – Mr. Hamadi Jebali and Mr. Ali Laarayedh - to resign. An interim technocratic government led by Mr. Mehdi Jomaa was formed in January 2014.

During the 2014 election campaigning, Nidaa Tounes, which comprises former members of the ousted President Ben Ali's Democratic Constitutional Rally (RCD), promised to work for a new development model to tackle unemployment and social inequality which, in its view, have worsened since 2011. It promised to create more jobs and to revive the tourism industry by bringing security and stability. Ennahdha, led by Mr. Rached Ghannouchi, called on voters’ renewed support, arguing that the party had learned from past mistakes. It called for a unity government to complete the democratic transition and for austerity measures to revive economic growth.

Presidential elections are due on 23 November, which will mark the end of the transitional period after the revolution that ousted President Ben Ali in February 2011.
Date of previous elections: 23 October 2011*
*Elections to the National Constituent Assembly

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 2 Dember 2014

Timing of election: N/A*
*Election to a new full-fledged parliament replacing the National Constituent Assembly.

Expected date of next elections: October 2019

Number of seats at stake: 217 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 15,652

Percentage of women candidates: About 47%

Number of parties contesting the election: 1,500 lists representing more than 100 parties

Number of parties winning seats: 18 (15 parties and three lists)

Alternation of power: N/A*
*The caretaker government replaced the government formed after the 2011 elections prior to the elections.

Number of parties in government: 4

Names of parties in government: Nidaa Tounes, Ennahdha, Free Patriotic Union (UPL) and Afek Tounes

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 2 December 2014

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Mohamed Ennaceur (Nidaa Tounes)
Voter turnout
Round no 126 October 2014
Number of registered electors
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
3'579'257 (68.36%)

Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political group Candidates Votes % of votes
Nidaa Tounes
Free Patriotic Union (UPL)
Popular Front
Afek Tounes
Congress for the Republic (CPR)
Democratic Current
National Destourian Initiative party (Al Moubadara)
People's Movement
Current of Love (Mahabba)
Republican Party (Al Joumhouri)
Democratic Alliance
National Salvation Front
Farmers’ Voice party
Movement of Democratic Socialists
Call from Tunisians Abroad
Independent List "Al Majd al-Jerid"
Independent List "Rad el iîtibar"
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total of seats
Nidaa Tounes 86
Ennahdha 69
Free Patriotic Union (UPL) 16
Popular Front 15
Afek Tounes 8
Congress for the Republic (CPR) 4
Democratic Current 3
National Destourian Initiative party (Al Moubadara) 3
People's Movement 3
Current of Love (Mahabba) 2
Republican Party (Al Joumhouri) 1
Democratic Alliance 1
National Salvation Front 1
Farmers’ Voice party 1
Movement of Democratic Socialists 1
Call from Tunisians Abroad 1
Independent List "Al Majd al-Jerid" 1
Independent List "Rad el iîtibar" 1
Distribution of seats according to sex


Percent of women


Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Assembly of People's Representatives (23.12.2014)

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