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The National Assembly is the name of both chambers of the Bahraini parliament when sitting in joint session, as laid out in the Constitution of 2002.

It has eighty seats formed from the forty elected members of the Council of Representatives (the lower house) and the forty royally-appointed members of the Consultative Council (the upper house).

It is chaired by the Speaker of the Consultative Council, or by the Speaker of the Council of Representatives if the former is absent.


Latest election

e • d  Summary of the 25 November and 2 December 2006 Bahraini parliamentary election results
Candidates/Parties Votes % Seats
Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society (Jam'iyyat al-Wifaq al-watani al-islamiyya)) 17
National Democratic Action 1
Al-Menbar Islamic Society 7
Al Asalah 8
Future Bloc 4
National Unity Bloc 0
independent 3

The National Assembly under the 1973 Constitution

Under the 1973 Constitution (Article 43), the National Assembly was a single chamber parliament consisting of forty members elected by "universal suffrage". However, the then Amir, Shaikh Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah decreed that women would not be considered as "universal suffrage" and were not allowed to vote in the 1973 parliamentary elections.[1]

History of the National Assembly of Bahrain

The first ever National Assembly in Bahrain was elected in 1973 under the statutes of the first constitution which was promulgated of that same year. In 1975 the Assembly was dissolved by the then Emir Shaikh Isa ibn Salman al-Khalifa because it refused to pass the government sponsored State Security Law of 1974. The Emir subsequently did not allow the Assembly to meet again or hold elections during his lifetime.


Members of the 1973 National Assembly

  1. Hassan Al Jishi (Speaker of National Assembly)
  2. Abdul Amir Al-Jamri
  3. Ali Qasim Rabea
  4. Isa Ahmed Qasim
  5. Abdulhadi Khalaf
  6. Rasool Al-Jishi
  7. Abdullah Ali Al-Moawada
  8. Mohammed Jaber Al-Sabah
  9. Ali Bin Ebrahim Abdul Aal
  10. Jassim Mohammed Murad
  11. Isa Hassan Al-Thawadi
  12. Ibrahim Mohammed Hassan Fakhro
  13. Khalifa Ahmed Al BinAli
  14. Abdullah Mansoor Isa
  15. Alawi Makki Alharkhat
  16. Khalid Ibrahim Al-Thawadi
  17. Mustafa Mohammed Al-Qassab
  18. Abdullah Al-Shaikh
  19. Mohammed Al-Madani
  20. Abbas Mohammed Ali
  21. Yousif Salman Kamal
  22. Abdul Aziz Mansoor Al-Aali
  23. Hassan Ali Al-Mutawaj
  24. Salman Al shaikh Mohammed
  25. Ibrahim bin Salman al Khalifa
  26. Khalifa Al Dhahrani
  27. Mohammed Salman Ahmed Hammad
  28. Mohammed Abdullah Hormes
  29. Mohsin Hameed Al-Marhoon
  30. Ali Saleh Al-Saleh
  31. Hamad Abdullah Abel

After the death of Isa ibn Salman al-Khalifa in 1999, his son Shaikh Hamad ibn Isa al-Khalifah, the new ruler of Bahrain promulgated the Constitution of 2002. That same year elections were held for the Council of Representatives and he appointed the members for the Consultative Council, forming the first National Assembly since 1975.

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