Parliamentary Chamber: Assemblée nationale


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  Assemblée nationale

Dates of elections / renewal (from/to):

  26 November 1995

Purpose of elections:

  Elections were held for all the seats in Parliament on the normal expiry of the members' term of office.

Background and outcome of elections:

  Following the previous (November 1990) parliamentary elections, long-time President of the Republic Félix Houphouët-Boigny died in December 1993 and was succeeded by Mr. Henri Konan Bédié, President of the National Assembly. Shortly before the Assembly elections, Mr. Bédié triumphed in the presidential poll of 22 October which was boycotted by leading opposition parties.

In early November, negotiations between the Government and these rival groups led to an agreement under which controversial electoral lists would be revised. As a result, the boycott was lifted and the ruling Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI) was challenged by nine parties for the 175 seats at stake. A number of independents, some of whom had left the PDCI, were also in the running.

The main opposition parties were grouped under the banner of the Republican Front (FR). Prominent among these was the Rally of Republicans (RDR), led by Mr. Djény Kobina, and the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), headed by Mr. Laurent Gbagbo. The campaign opened on 16 November in some confusion as the list of candidates had still not been made public.

Voting on polling day, monitored by foreign observers, went off peacefully as a whole in contrast to the tension that had surrounded the presidential elections. Nevertheless, polling was rescheduled in three constituencies due to disturbances. Final results, announced on 29 November, once again gave the PDCI an overwhelming majority; analysts to a great extent attributed the opposition's poor showing to disunity and its failure to present coalition candidates. The ruling party, for its part, was undoubtedly helped by President Bédié's ability, like his predecessor, to produce favourable economic results. A new Cabinet was named on 26 January 1996; it is headed by Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan.


Round no 1: Distribution of seats  
Political Group Total
Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI) - African Democratic Rally (RDA) 150
Rally of Republicans (RDR) 25

  Distribution following by-elections of 29 December 1996 for seven seats which remained unfilled

Distribution of seats according to sex:  
Men: 161
Women: 14

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