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The unicameral National Assembly of Zambia is the country's legislative body.

The current National Assembly, formed following elections held on 27 December 2001, has a total of 158 members. 150 members are directly elected in single-member constituencies using the simple majority (or First-past-the-post) system. The remaining 8 seats are filled through presidential appointment. All members serve five-year terms.

Political party distribution among the 150 directly elected seats is as follows:

e • d  Summary of the 28 September 2006 National Assembly election results
Parties Votes % Seats
The Movement for Multiparty Democracy 74
Patriotic Front 44
United Democratic Alliance 27
United Liberal Party 2
National Democratic Focus 1
Independent 2
Appointed members 8
Total (including by-election 26 October 2006   158
Source: African Elections

Amusaa Mwanamwambwa is the current Speaker of the National Assembly.

Previous National Assembly election results

Political Party Election Year
1964 1968 1991 1996
United National Independence Party (UNIP) 55 81 25 -
Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) - - 125 131
African National Congress (ANC) 10 23 - -
National Progressive Party (NPP) 10 - - -
National Party (NP) - - - 06
Agenda for Zambia (AZ) - - - 02
Zambian Democratic Congress (ZDC) - - - 02
Independents - - - 10
Others - 01 - -
Total 75 105 150 150

Notes: Zambia was a one-party state with the United National Independence Party (UNIP) as the sole legal party from 1972 to 1990.

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