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Al-Majlis Al-Watani (National Assembly), Majlis Al-Nuwab (Council of Representatives)

The IPU data corresponds to the lower chamber if the parliament is bicameral. For information about upper chambers, refer to Parline

Women in parliament
of MPs are women
Youth in parliament
of MPs are under 45
MPs' human rights
cases currently treated by the Committee on the Human Rights of MPs
  • Population 1.75 million people
  • Number of MPs 40 MPs
  • Legislature bicameral
  • Last election Nov 2022
  • IPU Membership
  • Common principles signatory
  • Website
  • More data from Parline

This page contains the latest IPU news and data for this parliament. The percentage of women in parliament and the percentage of youth participation correspond to the lower chamber if the parliament is bicameral. The number of MP human rights cases corresponds to the latest decisions of the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.

Innovation stories

Bahrain emerges more resilient from the pandemic

In Innovation Tracker #7 (December 2020), we explored the how the Shura Council of Bahrain had responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we revisit the Council to look at the lessons learned and new focus areas, including AI.
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Bahrain’s Shura Council takes precautionary measures during the COVID 19 pandemic

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic created new challenges and a need for remote working and operations in Bahrain, as it has elsewhere. The implementation of new systems and innovative frameworks is now of vital importance to support the parliament in achieving its goals. Ready access to technology – especially communications technology – is essential. By previously planning and developing systems that could help Members of Parliament (MPs) work remotely, the Shura Council of Bahrain was able to keep running and overcome the challenges of physical distancing and remote working.
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News in brief
Blas Llano and Patrick Kemper

Do you say yes to youth? 1 year of the IPU’s campaign

On this International Youth Day, the IPU congratulates all the young MPs making a mark in their respective parliaments. They are the future of democracy but with less than 3% of MPs under 30, young people remain severely under-represented. Increasing
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News in brief
130th anniversary

Video highlights of the 130th anniversary

Watch how IPU members around the world celebrated the IPU's milestone anniversary.
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Press releases
Women in parliament

New IPU report shows well-designed quotas lead to significantly more women MPs

According to the IPU’s yearly analysis, the share of women in national parliaments increased by nearly one percentage point last year, from 23.4 per cent in 2017 to 24.3 per cent in 2018. This 0.9 percentage point increase confirms the continuing rise of women in parliament, at a slightly faster rate of change compared to previous years. Countries with well-designed gender quotas elected significantly more women to parliament than those without, respectively, 7 points more in single or lower chambers, and 17 points more in upper chambers.
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News in brief
A Tunisian teacher works with her students on March 8, 2011 in Tunis

SDGs as agents of change in the Arab world

Gender equality and good governance were the main themes discussed at the first Regional Seminar on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Gender Equality to take place in the North Africa Middle East region. Organized jointly by the IPU, the Arab IPU, and the House of Representatives of Egypt, the seminar was attended by MPs from 15 countries in the Library of Alexandria, Egypt last week.
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Recent human rights cases

Find out more about the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians

In the region