Rwanda: Women Poised to Retain Majority in Parliament

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Rwanda: Women Poised to Retain Majority in Parliament

With constitutional quotas for interest group seats in their favour and all political parties legally bound to respect women's quota of at least 30 per cent of their parliamentary nominees, women may retain or even widen their majority in the Chamber of Deputies after the upcoming September elections.

The constitution ring-fenced 27 seats in the 80-member parliament for special interest groups, with 24 seats reserved for women who are elected in exclusively woman polls. The other three interest-group seats are shared amongst the youth (2) and persons with physical impairments (1).

Just as they are eligible candidates for the 53 openly contested seats, women are also eligible to contest for the three seats reserved for the youth and persons with disabilities. 

We invite our users to read the full article published July 25 2012

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