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Structure of Parliament: Unicameral

Are there legislated quotas...

  • Yes for the Single/Lower House?
  • No at the Sub-national level?

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • No adopted by political parties?

Is there additional information?



(Republic of Angola)

Single/Lower house

Assembleia nacional / National Assembly

Total seats:220
Total women:75
% women: 34%
Election year:2012
Electoral system:List PR
Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas
Election details: IDEA Voter Turnout
IPU Parline
Legal sourceDetails
Quota type:
Legislated Candidate Quotas
Electoral law The charter of political parties must include ‘rules which encourage the promotion of equal opportunities and equity between men and women, as well as a gender representation of not less than 30% in their governing bodies at all levels’ (Article 20 (2-m) of Law 22/10 on Political Parties).
Legal sanctions for non-compliance: No No data available
Rank order/placement rules: No No data available

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Last updated 2014-04-01

Additional information

In the 2008 election, the ruling party, the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), which won 81 per cent of the seats, had 77 women elected out of its 191 members of parliament (MPs). The main opposition party, National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), elected four women out of its 16 MPs.

The MPLA adopted a 30 per cent quota for women candidates. This has resulted in a dramatic rise in women's representation in the National Assembly, from 9.5 per cent in the 1992 elections, to 34 per cent in 2012.

Last updated 2014-03-19



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