People's Council of Syria

People's Council of Syria
Parliament of Syria
مجلس الشعب
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Type Unicameral
Speaker Dr. Mahmoud al-Abrash, Arab Socialist Baath Party
since 2007-2011
Members 250
Political groups NPF (169)
Independents (81)
Last election Syrian parliamentary election, 2007
Meeting place
Parliament of Syria, Damascus, Syria
Parliament of Syria (Arabic)

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"People's Council" redirects here. For the American peace organization of 1917-18, see People's Council of America for Democracy and Peace.

The People's Council (Arabic: مجلس الشعب‎, Majlis al-Sha'ab, is Syria's legislative authority. It has 250 members elected for a four year term in 15 multi-seat constituencies, in which 167 seats are guaranteed for the National Progressive Front. Syria is a single-party state. This means that only one political party, the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party is legally allowed to hold effective power. Although minor parties are allowed, they are legally required to accept the leadership of the dominant party and are members of the front. The presidential candidate is appointed by the parliament and needs to be confirmed for a seven year term in a referendum.

Latest elections

e • d Summary of the 22 April 2007 People's Council of Syria election results
Parties Votes % Seats Seats inside NPF
National Progressive Front (al-jabha al-waTaniyyah at-taqaddumiyyah) 169
  • Arab Socialist Baath Party (Hizb al-ba'th al-'arabi al-ishtiraki)
  • Communist Party of Syria (al-Hizb ash-shuyu'i as-suri, Yusuf Faisal faction)
non-partisans 81
Total (turnout 56.12 %)   250
Source: Syrian parliament

See also

  • List of Presidents of the Parliament of Syria

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