Rwanda cements top position in global ranking of women in parliament

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Women now make up 64% of MPs in Rwanda IPU©Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly

Rwanda has cemented its top position in the Inter-Parliamentary Union's global ranking of women in parliament.

The IPU says that Rwandan women Members of Parliament now account for nearly two thirds of all legislators in the country's lower house of parliament following this week's election.

Citing the country's National Electoral Commission, the IPU says nearly 64 per cent of all seats in the lower house are now held by women MPs.

It says this is a significant jump from 56.3 per cent in the previous parliament.

According to the IPU, Rwanda continues to have the only parliament in the world where women MPs are the majority.

The IPU says the African country has held this No.1 position in its global ranking of women in parliament since the 2008 elections.

It points out that although 30 per cent of parliamentary seats are reserved for women under a quota system, Rwanda has far exceeded this percentage in the last two elections.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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