Somaliland Legislative Branch

The country has a bicameral parliament.

The House of Representatives is elected and is the main legislative body – see Article 40 of the Somaliland Constitution and the House of Elders (Guurti, in Somali) is currently indirectly elected by the various communities and is the revising chamber for legislation (except for financial bills) – see Article 58 of the Somaliland Constitution.


Both Houses consist of 82 members each, but the House of Elders also includes honorary members who are either former holders of the offices of president, vice- president or speakers of both Houses and who serve for life or up to 5 persons chosen by the President on their basis of their “special significance to the nation” and who serve for the term of the House they are appointed to.