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Assemblée nationale (National Assembly)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Parlement / Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Assemblée nationale / National Assembly
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Sénat / Senate
Title President of the National Transitional Council
Term - duration: 5 years (term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution of the Assembly, new election, vote of no confidence in the President, change of majority during the legislature
Appointment - elected by the Members whose mandate has been validated (or who have received a proxy in accordance with the Standing Orders), at the inaugural session, when the election of the Board of the Assembly is elected
- following the validation of mandates
Eligibility - any Member whose mandate has been validated must formally be a candidate
- notification of candidature is made when the election of the Board of the National Assembly
is elected
Voting system - formal vote by secret ballot
- an absolute majority is required in the first round, a relative majority in the second
- in case of a series of votes, only the two candidatures with the largest number of votes may continue
- in case of a tie in the second round additional rounds are held
Procedures / results - the oldest Member presides over the Assembly during the voting
- a college of tellers representing the entire political configuration of the Assembly supervises the voting
- the oldest Member announces the results without delay
- the results cannot be challenged
Status - ranks third in the hierarchy of State, after the President of the Republic and the President of the Senate
- ranks second in the order of precedence between the Presidents of the two Chambers
- the President of the Assembly presides over joint meetings of both Houses
- represents the Assembly at official or solemn events
- represents the Assembly in international bodies
- in the absence of the Speaker, the First Vice-President can assume his/her role and functions, followed by the Second Vice-President or, if applicable, by the Third Vice-President
Board - the Board of the Assembly is established by the Constitution and regulated by the Standing Orders of the Assembly
- It consists of seven MPs: one President, three Vice-Presidents, two secretaries, one questor
- duration of their mandate: same as that of the legislature
- meets once weekly at the President's initiative
- true collegial presidency
Material facilities - allowance
- official residence
- official car
- domestic personnel
- secretariat or Cabinet
- additional staff
- bodyguards
- security
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes sessions
- organizes the debates and sets speaking time
- examines the admissibility of bills and amendments, which it may subsequently find to be inadmissible
- refers texts to a committee for study
- examines the admissibility of requests for setting up committees and/or committees of enquiry, 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
- 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
- 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 - is responsible for establishing the Assembly's budget
- recruits, assigns and promotes staff
- appoints the Clerk
- organizes the services of Assembly
- 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 Assembly
Speaking and voting rights, other functions - takes the floor in legislative debates
- provides guidelines for the interpretation or completion of the text under discussion
- takes part in voting, and has the casting vote in case of a tie
- proposes bills or amendments
- intervenes in the parliamentary oversight procedure
- appoints one member of the Constitutional Council
- must be consulted for the dissolution of the Assembly by the President of the Republic

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