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Parliament name (generic / translated) Conseil national / National Council
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 3 February 2008
Purpose of elections Elections were held for all the seats in the National Council on the normal expiry of the members' term of office.
The February 2008 elections were the first to be held under the reign of HRH Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco who succeeded his father Prince Rainier upon the latter's death in April 2005.

In the previous elections held in February 2003 the opposition coalition the Union for Monaco (UPM) led by Mr. Stéphane Valéri comprising the Union for the Principality (UP) the National Union for the Future of Monaco (UNAM) and the Promotion of the Monegasque Family (PFM) had won 21 of the 24 seats in the National Council. The National and Democratic Union (UND) which had dominated the country's politics for 40 years had taken only three seats. Its leader and outgoing Speaker Mr. Jean Louis Campora had lost his seat. Mr. Valéri was subsequently elected Speaker of the National Council.

Prior to the 2008 elections the PFM the Monegasque Synergy and the Association of Non Attached Monegasques formed an alliance called "Monaco Together". Another opposition coalition Rally and Issues for Monaco (REM) comprised the Values and Issues party of Mr. Laurent Nouvion and the Rally for Monaco party (RPM) of Mr. Guy Magnan.

In all 63 candidates - 24 each from the UPM and the REM and 15 from "Monaco Together" - stood for the 2008 elections. All the coalitions pledged to uphold the values of the Principality.

The UPM led by Speaker Valéri called for voters' support for continuous "evolution". Its programmes focused on enhancing the quality of life pursuing economic development and implementing a highly advanced social policy. The UPM's main rival REM criticized what it termed as "a drift towards parliamentarism" claiming that the UPM was trying to transform the monarchy into a parliamentary system. Mr. Valéri dismissed the criticism reaffirming his loyalty to the Sovereign Prince and to the institutions of the Principality. The "Monaco Together" alliance promised to provide more jobs and facilitate the setting up of companies.

In all 76.85 per cent of the 6 316 registered voters turned out at the polls.

Observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) declared the elections free and fair. They nevertheless recommended early publication of political programmes as well as more public debates so that voters could acquire a better understanding of the platforms of each political party.

The UPM retained its 21 seats winning nearly 53 per cent of the valid votes. Only the conservative opposition party REM secured enough votes (40 %) under the proportional system for three of its representatives to take up seats in parliament. The "Monaco Together" alliance failed to win any parliamentary representation with obout 7 per cent of valid votes. In all six women were elected.

The newly elected National Council held its first session on 14 February and re-elected Mr. Valéri (UPM) as its Speaker.
Voter turnout
Round no 13 February 2008
Number of registered electors
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
4'854 (76.85%)
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
Union for Monaco (UPM) 24 53'523 1151.03
Rally and Issues for Monaco (REM) 24 41'512 892.73
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
Union for Monaco (UPM) 21
Rally and Issues for Monaco (REM) 3
Distribution of seats according to sex
Percent of women
Distribution of seats according to age
31 to 40 years
41 to 50 years
51 to 60 years
61 to 70 years
Over 70 years
Distribution of seats according to profession
Finance management or business 6
Other 4
Physician dentist 4
Entrepreneur 3
Civil service and local authority administration 2
Legal profession 2
Home-maker care-taker 1
Education profession 1
Architect surveyor engineer 1
National Council (25.02.2009 01.01.2010 01.01.2012)

Note on the number of votes
Each voter casts one ballot paper containing up to 24 candidates. The number of votes won by each political party thus exceeds the total number of voters.

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