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Assembleia Nacional (National Assembly)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Assembleia Nacional / National Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Title Speaker of the National Assembly
Term - duration: 5 years (term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution
Appointment - elected by all the members whose mandate has been validated
- election is held at the first sitting of the newly elected Assembly or when a vacancy occurs
- after members are sworn in
- after validation of mandates
Eligibility - any member may be a candidate
- candidatures must be supported by a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 20 members
- candidatures must be deposited at least one hour before the election
Voting system - formal vote by secret ballot
- absolute majority in the first round, second round between the two leading candidates from the first round
Procedures / results - the outgoing Speaker presides over the Assembly during the voting
- a Committee established for the occasion and composed of members representing all parties supervises the voting
Status - ranks second in the hierarchy of the State
- represents the Assembly with the public authorities
- represents the Assembly in international bodies
- in the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speakers (by order of their ranks) can assume his/her role and functions
Board - is regulated by the Standing Orders
- consists of the Speaker, two Deputy Speakers and two Secretaries
Material facilities - allowance : 95% of the salary of the President of the Republic
- expense allowance : 387 600 US dollars
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes sessions
- establishes and modifies the agenda, in the framework of the Standing Orders
- organizes the debates and sets speaking time
- examines the admissibility of bills and amendments
- refers texts to a committee for study
- examines the admissibility of request for setting up committees and/or committees of inquiry, proposes or decides on the setting up of such committees
Chairing of public sittings - can open, adjourn and close sittings
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- makes announcements concerning the Assembly
- takes disciplinary measures in the event of disturbance, and lifts such measures
- establishes the list of speakers, gives and withdraws permission to speak
- establishes the order in which amendments are taken up and selects which amendments are to be debated
- 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 Assembly
- has discretionary power to give the floor outside the agenda and thus organizes impromptu debates
Special powers - recruits, assigns and promotes staff
- appoints the Clerk
- organizes the services of the Assembly
- the Board is responsible with regard to :
* the establishment of the budget
- 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

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