Senate (Cameroon)

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Marcel Niat Njifenji, CPDM
since 12 June 2013
Seats100 members
Length of term
5 years
Indirect election
Meeting place
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The Senate is the upper house of the Parliament of Cameroon.

Senate type of legislative body, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature

A senate is a deliberative assembly, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature. The name comes from the ancient Roman Senate, so-called as an assembly of the senior and therefore allegedly wiser and more experienced members of the society or ruling class. Thus, the literal meaning of the word "senate" is Assembly of Elders.

An upper house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the lower house. The house formally designated as the upper house is usually smaller and often has more restricted power than the lower house. Examples of upper houses in countries include the Australian Senate, Brazil's Senado Federal, the Canadian Senate, France's Sénat, Germany's Bundesrat, India's Rajya Sabha, Ireland's Seanad, Malaysia's Dewan Negara, the Netherlands' Eerste Kamer, Pakistan's Senate of Pakistan, Russia's Federation Council, Switzerland's Council of States, United Kingdom's House of Lords and the United States Senate.

Parliament of Cameroon

The Parliament of Cameroon is the legislature of Cameroon. A bicameral body, it consists of the Senate and the National Assembly.



The Senate was created in 1996 after an amendment to the constitution created the upper chamber. [1] However, power to convene the Electoral College and call elections for the Senate remained with the President. President Paul Biya chose not to do so until he signed decree 2013/056 on 27 February 2013, which set 14 April as the election date. [1]

Constitution of Cameroon

The Constitution of Cameroon is the supreme law of the Republic of Cameroon. Adopted in 1972, it is Cameroon's third constitution. The document consists of a preamble and 13 Parts, each divided into Articles. The Constitution outlines the rights guaranteed to Cameroonian citizens, the symbols and official institutions of the country, the structure and functions of government, the procedure by which the Constitution may be amended, and the process by which the provisions of the Constitution are to be implemented.

Paul Biya 2nd President of Cameroon

Paul Biya is a Cameroonian politician serving as the President of Cameroon since 6 November 1982.

Electoral system

The Senate has 100 seats, of which 70 are elected and 30 appointed by the President, with each region having 10 Senators. [1] The elected seats are elected by the 10,636 members of the 360 municipal councils. [1]

Regions of Cameroon

The Republic of Cameroon is divided into ten regions:

Elections to the Senate were held for the first time on 14 April 2013. [1] Marcel Niat Njifenji was elected as President of the Senate on 12 June 2013. The President of the Senate is the constitutionally designated successor to the President of the Republic in case of a vacancy in the latter office. [2]

Marcel Niat Njifenji CAmeroonian politician

Marcel Niat Njifenji is a Cameroonian politician who has been President of the Senate of Cameroon since 2013. A member of the ruling Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (RDPC), he previously served for years as Director-General of the National Electricity Company, and he was also a minister in the government during the early 1990s.

Presidents of the Senate

NameEntered officeLeft officeNotes
Marcel Niat Njifenji 12 June 2013Incumbent [3]

Current members of the Senate

The Senate consists of 70 members directly elected by their regions and 30 nominated by the president of Cameroon. [4] [5]

RegionElected membersAppointed members
Adamawa Aboubakar Siroma
Maikano Abdoulahi
Haman Paul
Maande Paul
Nguiebe Joël
Haoua Madeleine
Ahmadou Tidjiani
Baba Hamadou
Moussa Sabo
Mohaman Gabdo
Centre Naah Ondoa Sylvestre
Mama Jean Marie
Anong Adibimé Pascal
Bell Luc René
Nicole Okala
Essomba Tsoungui Elie
Nnemdé Emmanuel
Nkodo Laurent
Ondoua Pius
Pongmoni Jean Marie
East Salé Charles
Tokpanou Isabelle
Ouli Ndongo Monique
Ndanga Ndinga Badel
Amama Amama Benjamin
Moampea Marie Calire
Mboundjo Jean
Matta Joseph Roland
Zé Nguelé René
Aboui Marlyse
Far North Abba Boukar
Alioum Alhadji Hamadou
Julienne Djakaou
Mahamat Abdoulkarim
Mme Zakiatou
Abdoulaye Wouyack Marava
Amrakaye Martin
Mahamat Bahar Marouf
Baskouda Jean Baptiste
Dakolé Daïssala
Littoral Geneviève Tjoues
Tobbo Eyoum Thomas
Din Bell Armande
Mbassa Ndine Roger Victor
Kingué Simon
Ebongue Jean Jules
Kemayou Claude  [ d ]
Madiba Songue
Etame Massoma Siegfried
Ngayap Pierre Flambeau
North Youssoufa Daoua
Namio Pierre
Mme Asta Yvonne
Ahmadou Alim
Amidou Maurice
Mme Adamou
Bebnone Payounni
Aboubakary Abdoulaye
Hayatou Aicha Pierrette
Hamadou Abbo
Northwest Achidi Achu Simon
Wallang David Akwo
Dinga Ignatius
Mme Enoh Lafon
Wanlo John
Awanga Zacharie
Jikong Stephen Yerima
Fon Doh Gayonga III
Nkwain Francis
Fon Teiche Nje II
South Medjo Delphine
Zang Oyono
Obam Assam
Mba Mba Grégoire
Eloumba Medjo Thérèse
Nnanga Ndoume
Mbita Mvaebeme Raymond
Ngalli Ngoa Pierre Henri
Menye Ondo François Xavier
Bisseck Paulette
Southwest Tabe Tando Ndiep Nso
Ankie Affiong Rebecca Amah
Njifua Lucas Fontem
Matute Daniel
Mme Ntube Agnès Ndode
Otte Andrew Moffa
Mbella Moki Charles
Mafany Musonge Peter
Fun Mukete Essimi Ngo Victor
Chief Anja Simon Onjwo
West Tsomelou Jean
Tantse Tagne Bernard
Tatchouang Paul
Metiedje Nguifo Tchetagne Delphine
Sonkin Etienne
Tchomnou Raoul
M. Nono
Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya
Honoré Djomo Kamga
Marcel Niat Njifenji

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