The role of Parliament, and the respect of the monarchy for its integrity, has increased considerably since 1999, when Mohammed VI took the throne. However, the power of Parliament is still being limited as it is the King who appoints the prime minister and on proposition from the latter, the members of government. The Parliament of Morocco is located in Rabat, the capital of Morocco.
Since 1996, the national legislature has become bicameral and has therefore two parliamentary chambers: The House of Representatives or the lower house has 395 members elected directly for a five-year term. The House of Councillors is elected indirectly for a nine-year term by two sets of electoral colleges. The Members of Parliament come from Morocco and the Moroccan-held parts of Western Sahara.