National Legislature (South Sudan)

National Legislature of South Sudan
التشريعية الوطنية في جنوب السودان
Houses Council of States (upper house)
National Legislative Assembly (lower house)
Speaker (Assembly)
James Wani Igga
Since 9 July 2011
Deputy Speaker (Assembly)
Lawrence Lual Lual
Since 9 July 2011
Seats distribution of the Council of States as of 2010
Council of States political groups

     NCP (25)
     SPLM (21)

     Vacant constituency (4)
Seats distribution of the 1st National Assembly

     SPLM (160)
     SPLM - DC (4)

     Independents (6)
Sudanese general election, 2010 (elections to predecessor body)
Meeting place
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The National Legislature of South Sudan[1] is the legislature of South Sudan. The National Legislature consists of:

The National Legislature has its seat in Juba, South Sudan.


The legislative competences of the National Government of South Sudan are vested in the National Legislature in respect of all matters assigned to it in Schedules A, C and D of the Transitional Constitution (read together with Schedule E of the Transitional Constitution).[2] The National Legislative Assembly exercises the following functions[3]

Approving budgets;


A candidate for membership of the National Legislature must:

Members of the National Legislature and the Council of Ministers are eligible for membership of state legislatures or state councils of ministers. A member of the National Legislative Assembly cannot also be a member of the Council of States (and vice versa). The term of the National Legislature shall be four years from July 9, 2011.[4] The Constitution is a transitional Constitution and the terms relating to future general elections are not contained in it. However, there are provisions included for by-elections should vaccancies arise during the first four-year period.


The establishment of the National Legislature is one of the new institutions created upon the independence of South Sudan in 2011. In substance, it is also a successor to the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly, itself established in 2005 by the Constitution of Southern Sudan.


  1. Art. 55(1) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan gives the body its name stating - "There shall be established a National Legislature..."
  2. Art. 55(2) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan
  4. Art. 66 of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan

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