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Assemblée nationale (National Assembly)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Assemblée nationale / National Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Title Speaker of the National Assembly
Term - duration: 4 years (term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution
Appointment - elected by all the Members of the National Assembly (quorum : 2/3)
- election is held at the first meeting of the newly elected Assembly or when a vacancy occurs
- after the roll-call of the Deputies
Eligibility - any Deputy can be a candidate
- candidatures must be deposited at least one hour before the election
Voting system - formal vote by secret ballot
- absolute majority in the first round, relative majority in the second round
Procedures / results - the eldest Deputy presides over the Assembly during the voting
- the two secretaries of the provisional Board composed by the eldest Members oversee the voting, with the help of two Deputies appointed by the Assembly
- the eldest Deputy announces the results without any delay
Status - represents the Assembly with the public authorities
- in the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker (by order of rank) can assume his/her role and functions
Board - consists of the President, four Vice Presidents, four Secretaries, a Quaestor and a Deputy-Quaestor
Material facilities - the President has a Cabinet composed of a principal private Secretary, a Chargé de Mission, a private Secretary, three technical advisers, an executive Secretary, typist, three Secretary agents including a aide de camp, two protocol officers, two press officers, two divers and a orderly.
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes sessions
- establishes and modifies the agenda
- organizes the debates and sets speaking time
- refers texts to a committee for study
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
- 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
- authenticates the adopted texts and the records of debates
Special powers - is responsible for establishing the budget
- organizes the services of Parliament (jointly with the Clerk and the Questor)
- 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 NA (no information received)

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