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Palamene o Tuvalu (Parliament of Tuvalu)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Palamene / Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Title Speaker of the Parliament of Tuvalu
Term - duration: 4 years (Term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution of the Parliament, Speaker's responsability called into question, Speaker appointed Prime Minister, Minister, Head of State or Judge of the Hight Court
Appointment - elected by all Members of the Parliament
- after the Members' mandates are validated, and before Members are sworn in
Eligibility - any candidate must have formally submitted his candidature
Voting system - formal vote by secret ballot
- simple majority
Procedures / results - the Clerk presides over the Assembly during the voting
- the Clerk and other members of his staff supervise the voting
- the Clerk announces the results without any delay
- the election must be confimed by the Head of the State
- the results cannot be challenged
Status - ranks third in the hierarchy of the State
- may be called upon to replace the Head of the State in the event of the latter's absence
- represents the Parliament with the public authorities
- is ex officio member of the local Government
- represents the Parliament in international bodies
- is ex officio president of committees or other bodies
- in the absence of the Speaker, the Acting Speaker can assume his/her role and functions
Material facilities - annual salary: $10,572.00
- domestic allowance: $1,800.00
- entertainment allowance: $1,800.00 (local)
$2,000.00 (overseas)
- official residence
- official motorbike
- incidental allowance of $60 per day when he travels overseas
- parliamentary Secretariat
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes sessions, in exceptional cases only
- establishes and modifies the agenda
- examines the admissibility of bills and amendments
- refers texts to a committee for study
- is entitled to appoint committees and their presiding officers
Chairing of public sittings - can open, adjourn and close sittings
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- makes announcements concerning theParliament
- takes disciplinary measures in the event of disturbance, and lifts such measures
- establishes the list of speakers, gives and withdraws permission to speak
- calls for a vote, decides how it is to be carried out, verifies the voting procedure and cancels a vote in the event of irregularities
- checks the quorum
- authenticates the adopted texts and the records of debates
- interprets the rules or other regulations governing the life of the Parliament, according to precedents
Special powers - is responsible for establishing the Parliament's budget, after consultation with the Clerk
- is responsible for relations with foreign Parliaments
- is responsible for safety, and in this capacity, can call the police in the event of disturbance in the Chamber
Speaking and voting rights, other functions - provides guidelines for the interpretation or completion of the text under discussion
- takes part in voting on exceptional matters such as amending the Constitution of Tuvalu
- proposes bills or amendments
- intervenes in the parliamentary oversight procedure
- must be consulted in certain circumstances (dissolution...)

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