The National Congress is the legislative branch of the government of Honduras. The Honduran Congress is a unicameral legislature. The current President of the National Congress of Honduras is Juan Orlando Hernández. Its members are 128 deputies, who are elected on a proportional representation basis, by department, to serve four-year terms.
Prior to 1997, deputies were elected indirectly, with congressional party strengths determined by the proportion of votes cast for the corresponding candidates in the concurrent presidential election. Since that date, however, separate elections have been held for the legislature and for national and local executives, and the countrys deputies have been elected directly. Congress meets in a purpose-built legislative palace (Palacio Legislativo) in the centre of Tegucigalpa. Of a modernist design, it is painted in an array of bright colours and rests on a series of concrete pillars that separate it from the ground.