The Parliament of Cameroon

Population 19,711,291 (est2011)
Seat of Parliament Yaounde
Date of Independence 1960
Constitution Republic
CPA Branch Formed 1995
Voting Age 21
First Parliament 10 Apr 1960
Local Information The National Assembly of Cameroon is run by a Bureau composed of: - A Speaker - One (1) Senior Deputy Speaker - Five (5) Deputy Speakers - Four (4) Questors - Twelve (12) Secretaries
Branch Profile Current constitution: The current constitution is that of 1972, under which the federal system was replaced by a unitary republic, but extensively modified in 1990, to allow for a return from one-party rule to a multiparty system. In 1996 the presidential term was extended from five to seven years; provision was also made for the establishment of a second legislative chamber, but this has not been implemented. The constitution was amended in early 2008 to remove the limit on presidential terms. Cameroon became a member of the Commonwealth in November 1995. Political makeup of government: The Cameroon People?s Democratic Movement (RDPC), led by President Biya, retained its overall majority of seats in the National Assembly in the 2007 elections. President Biya was last re-elected in October 2004. Shortly afterwards Ephraim Inoni became prime minister in an extensive reshuffle on 8 December. The new cabinet was dominated by the RDPC as before, and also retained members of the National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP) and the Union of the Peoples of Cameroon (UPC). The minister for water and energy was dismissed on 22 February 2006, after allegations of corruption. The cabinet was reshuffled on 22 September 2006, and on 7 September 2007. Inoni was dismissed as prime minister on 30 June 2009 and replaced by Philemon Yang with a reshuffled cabinet. Several items of information were provided by People in Power.
Website http://www.spm.gov.cm/

Chamber 1

Chamber National Assembly
No of Seats 180
No of Women 25
Date of Last Election 22 Jul 2007
Term 5 years
No of Parties 5

Chamber 2

Chamber
No of Seats 0
No of Women 0
Date of Last Election
Term
No of Parties 0

Committees

Number of Departmental/Ministry Oversight Committees: Nine
Number of Joint Committees (if bicameral): NA
Names of House Management (such as Privileges or Procedure) Committees: Finance and Budget; Foreign Affairs; Economic Affairs, Planning and Regional Development; Education, Vocational Training and Youth; Cultural, Social and Family Affairs; Production and Trade; Resolutions and Petitions; National Defense and Security; and Constitutional Laws, Human Rights and Freedoms, Justice, Legislation, Standing Orders, and Administration.

Reports

Are reports or recommendations from committees debated in the Chamber: Yes
Must Ministers provide substantive responses to committee reports/recommendations and, if so, what is the time limit for providing responses? Ministers must provide substantive responses to committee reports/recommendations. There is no time limit as focus is on questions and no time.

Budgets

Does Parliament or a committee have formal input into the formulation of the budget? Yes
What is the normal time between the presentation of the budget to Members and its passage by Parliament? 30 days is the normal time between the presentation of the budget to Members and its passage by Parliament.

Committee staffing

How much Chamber and committee time is normally spent in scrutinizing the budget prior to passage? 1 or 2 days in the Chamber and several days in committees.
Number of Clerks to service committees: One per committee
Do committees have access to subject specialist researchers from parliamentary staff? No
Do committees have access to funds to hire external subject specialist advisors? No

Members of Parliament/Legislature

Name Position Address Title Contact Info
Mr Joseph Njang Mbah-Ndam Branch Vice-President National Assembly of Cameroon
CPA Cameroon Branch
PO Box 4808
Yaounde
CAMEROON
Chairman of the Opposition Parliamentary Group P: (+237) 778 80967
F: (237) 223 1535, 222 0979
E: secgen@assemblee-nationale.cm
Cavaye Yeguie Djibril, MP Branch President National Assembly of Cameroon
CPA Cameroon Branch
PO Box 4808
Yaounde
CAMEROON
Speaker of the National Assembly P: (+237) 2222 5416/5724
F: (237) 2222 09 79
E: cpacameroon@assembleenationale.cm
Mr Victor Yene Ossomba Branch Secretary National Assembly of Cameroon
CPA Cameroon Branch
PO Box 4808
Yaounde
CAMEROON
Secretary-General P: (+237) 778 80967
F: (237) 223 1535, 222 0979
E: cpacameroon@assembleenationale.cm