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National Assembly

In politics, a national assembly is either a unicameral legislature, the lower house[note 1] of a bicameral legislature, or both houses of a bicameral legislature together. In the English language it generally means "an assembly composed of the representatives of the nation."[1] The population base represented by this name is manifestly the nation as a whole, as opposed to a geographically select population, such as that represented by a provincial assembly. The powers of a National Assembly vary according to the type of government. It may possess all the powers of government, generally governing by committee, or it may function solely within the legislative branch of the government.

The name also must be gaming from the concept. Conceptually such an institution may appear under variety of names, especially if "national assembly" is being used to translate foreign names of the same concept into English. Also, the degree to which the National Assembly speaks for the nation is a variable. To achieve a quorum, the ancient Athenian Assembly employed Scythian police to arrest citizens at random from the street. On the other hand, the early Parliaments of Europe were mainly of an aristocratic composition. The word had its origins and inspirations from the National Assembly that was responsible for drafting a ring the French Revolution. Is there

The exact words, "national assembly," have been used prolifically in the international community of nations since the 18th and 19th centuries, considered the Age of Revolution in western Europe. Nations that formed republics in this age subsequently formed empires. Extensive cross-cultural influences brought much of their language and institutions to the provinces. When these empires collapsed finally, the emancipated countries formed states and other institutions on the model of the former imperial nations. Some examples of international influences are as follows:

In Germany, a Nationalversammlung was elected following the revolutions of 1848-1849 and 1918-1919, to be replaced by a permanent parliament (Reichstag) later. The legislature of the Estado Novo regime in Portugal was known as the National Assembly,The national assembly was also defined in the Republic of China constitution. This is different from the Legislative Yuan by the ROC constitution. In 2005, Taiwan revised the constitution and national assembly was abolished. Examples have multiplied greatly under the policy of self-determination adopted by the western nations. Many more are to be found in the articles listed below.

Origin of the expression

Perhaps the best known National Assembly was that established during the French Revolution in 1789, known as the Assemblée nationale. Consequently, the name is particularly common in Francophone countries. It was also the name of the legislature during France's First Republic and the Consulate, and since 1946 has been the lower house of the French parliament, first under the Fourth Republic, and from 1958, the Fifth Republic.

The expression, however, did not originate in 1789. It was already in use in the French language of the times. Louis XIII of France (1601-1643), par la grace de Dieu Roy de France & de Navarre, in a Declaration of April 14, 1627, concerning the sovereignty of his kingdom, prohibits ministers of foreign countries from any jurisdiction in France, citing, as precedent, his Lettres de Declaration of April 17, 1623, forbidding religious officials from treating with foreign countries. He describes his Declaration as ordonné qu'en Assemblées Provinciales & Nationales des nosdites sujets.[2] This was the "registration" that the Parlement of Paris refused to perform for Louis XVI of France in 1787-1788. When the Estates-General of 1789 formed the National Assembly of 1789, they did not believe they were instituting anything new. In the Assembly of Notables of 1787, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette had used National Assembly and Estates General synonymously when he suggested that France needed a national assembly to solve its financial problems.

National Assembly is also found in some Commonwealth countries. Its use there is not a translation of Assemblée nationale, as the phrase is equally embedded in the English language. For example, at the end of the First English Civil War, an Act of Parliament, 1648, "Concerning the Members of the Classical and Congregational Presbyteries, in the several counties of the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales," establishes a national congregational church in England and Wales, corresponding to the presbyteries of Scotland. The language is: "The National Assembly shall be constituted of members chosen by and sent from the several Provincial Assemblies."[3] This National Assembly appears to have no direct link to any French words, although the concept is the same.

Unicameral national legislatures

Country Article Local Name
Albania National Assembly of Albania Kuvendi i Shqipërisë
Angola National Assembly of Angola Assembleia Nacional
Armenia National Assembly of Armenia ?
Azerbaijan National Assembly of Azerbaijan Milli M?clis
Benin National Assembly of Benin Assemblée Nationale
Bhutan National Assembly of Bhutan
Botswana National Assembly of Botswana
Bulgaria National Assembly of Bulgaria ?
Burkina Faso National Assembly of Burkina Faso Assemblée Nationale
Cameroon National Assembly of Cameroon
Cape Verde National Assembly of Cape Verde Assembleia Nacional
Central African Republic National Assembly of the Central African Republic Assemblée Nationale
Chad National Assembly of Chad Assemblée Nationale
Cuba National Assembly of People's Power Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular
Djibouti National Assembly of Djibouti Assemblée Nationale
Eritrea National Assembly of Eritrea
Gambia National Assembly of Gambia
Greece National Assembly of Greece
Guinea National Assembly of Guinea Assemblée Nationale
Guinea-Bissau National People's Assembly of Guinea-Bissau
Guyana National Assembly of Guyana
Hungary National Assembly of Hungary Országgy?lés
Ivory Coast National Assembly of Ivory Coast
Kuwait National Assembly of Kuwait ?
Kurdistan Regional Government Kurdistan National Assembly
Laos National Assembly of Laos
Malawi National Assembly of Malawi
Mali National Assembly of Mali Assemblée Nationale
Mauritius National Assembly of Mauritius
Nicaragua National Assembly of Nicaragua Asamblea Nacional
Niger National Assembly of Niger Assemblée Nationale
North Korea Supreme People's Assembly (Choego Inmin Hoe-ui)
Pakistan National Assembly of Pakistan ?
Panama National Assembly of Panama Asamblea Nacional de Panamá
Saint Kitts and Nevis National Assembly of Saint Kitts and Nevis
São Tomé and Príncipe National Assembly of São Tomé and Príncipe Assembleia Nacional
Senegal National Assembly of Senegal Assemblée Nationale
Serbia National Assembly of Serbia ? (Narodna skup?tina Srbije)
Seychelles National Assembly of Seychelles
South Korea National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (Gukhoe)
Sudan National Assembly of Sudan
Suriname National Assembly of Suriname Nationale Assemblee
Tanzania National Assembly of Tanzania
Togo National Assembly of Togo Assemblée Nationale
Turkey Grand National Assembly of Turkey Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi
Uganda National Assembly of Uganda
Venezuela National Assembly of Venezuela Asamblea Nacional
Vietnam National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Qu?c h?i nc C?ng hòa xã h?i ch? ngh?a Vi?t Nam
Wales National Assembly for Wales Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru
Zambia National Assembly of Zambia

Lower house of bicameral national legislature

Upper house of bicameral national legislature

Entire bicameral legislature


Country/Territory Name Period Notes
Batavian Republic,
National Assembly of the Batavian Republic:
- First National Assembly
- Second National Assembly
1 March 1796 - 31 August 1797
1 September 1797 - 22 January 1798 (coup)
Republic of China National Assembly (Beiyang government)
National Assembly of the Republic of China
1913 - 1925
1947 - 2005
Congress (Beiyang)
Defunct constitutional convention
Estonia Rahvuskogu 1937 Constituent assembly
Germany ("Weimar Republic") Weimar National Assembly 1919 - 1920
Nepal National Assembly of Nepal 1990 - 1997
Philippines National Assembly of Representatives
National Assembly of the Philippines
National Assembly of the Second Philippine Republic
1898 - 1899
1935 - 1941
25 September 1943 - 2 February 1944
Portugal National Assembly of Portugal 1933 - 1974 During Estado Novo dictatorship


Country/Territory Name Local Name Period Notes
Iraq National Assembly of Iraq 2004 - 2005 A constitutional convention
Wales National Assembly for Wales Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru July 1, 1999 - May 6, 2020 Can make Acts of the Assembly and Delegated legislation;
The title 'National Assembly' was formerly used to referred
the Welsh devolved unicameral legislative system until 6 May, 2020,
where they renamed as the Senedd Cymru or literally means 'Welsh Parliament'.


Country/Territory Name Local Name Notes
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Assembly Tionól Thuaisceart Éireann Can make Acts of the Assembly and Delegated legislation
Quebec, Canada National Assembly of Quebec Assemblée nationale du Québec A unicameral provincial legislative assembly
Republika Srpska National Assembly (Republika Srpska) ? (Narodna Skup?tina Republike Srpske) Autonomous entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

See also


  1. ^ Nepal and Tajikistan being the exception, with their National Assembly as the higher houses of bicameral Parliament


  1. ^ Merriam-Webster (1986). Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged with Seven Language Dictionary. Volume II H to R. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
  2. ^ Le Gentil, Jean (1675). Recueil des actes, titres et mémoires, concernant les affaires du clergé de France, augmenté d'un grand nombre de Pieces, & mis en nouvel ordre. VI. Paris: Frederic Leonard. p. 731.
  3. ^ Davies, John; Dancer, John (1661). The civil warres of Great Britain and Ireland: containing an exact history of their occasion, originall, progress, and happy end. London: Printed by R.W. for Philip Chetwind. p. 238.

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