The House of Representatives
) is the lower house
of the Parliament of Yemen
. It shares the legislative power with the Shura Council, the upper house
The Assembly of Representatives has 301 members, elected for a six-year term in single-seat constituencies
The House of Representatives was established in 1990 after the unification of Yemen for a transitional period.
An election hasn't been held for the body since 2003. An election was set for 27 April 2009, but president Saleh
postponed it by two years on 24 February 2009.
However, the election did not take place on 27 April 2011, and was again postponed until the next presidential election
, sometime in February 2014.
In January 2014, the final session of the National Dialogue Conference
(NDC) announced that both elections had been delayed, and would occur within 9 months of a referendum on a new constitution which had yet to be drafted.
However both the GPC
representatives on the National Authority for Monitoring the Implementation of NDC Outcomes have refused to vote on the new constitution drafted by the constitution drafting committee, which submitted it in January 2015.
In February 2015, the Houthis
briefly dissolved parliament before reportedly agreeing to reinstate the 301-member assembly in UN
-brokered talks. Under the agreement, it will be augmented by a "people's transitional council" serving as the upper house