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Vouli Antiprosopon (House of Representatives)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Vouli Antiprosopon / House of Representatives
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Title President of the House of Representatives
Term - duration: 5 years (term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: written resignation, conviction of an offence involving dishonesty or moral turpitude, being disqualified by a competent court for any electoral offence, holder of another public office - death
Appointment - elected by all the Members of the House at the first sitting after the elections, after members' mandates are validated and after they are sworn in
Eligibility - any Member can be candidate, no formal notification is required
Voting system - formal vote by public ballot ( show of hands) - possibility of organizing several rounds, maximum 3
- for the 1st ballot, 50% + 1 of those present and voting is required - for the second, 40% - for the third, the candidate who receives the largest number of votes is elected
Procedures / results - the most senior Representative presides over the House during the voting
- the presiding officer supervises the voting
- the presiding officer announces the results without any delay
- the results may be challenged
Status - ranks second in the hierarchy after the President of the Republic, is the acting Head of State during the absence of the President of the Republic
- represents the House with the public authorities
- represents the House in international bodies
- may preside over any committee, is ex officio president of the Committee of Selection
- in the absence of the President of the House, the most senior Representative can assume his/her role and functions
Material facilities - salary (CY£ 15.318)
+ expense allowance
- official car
- secretariat + additional staff
- police protection
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes sessions
- establishes and modifies the agenda
- organizes the debates and sets speaking time, within the limits of the Constitution and Rules of Procedure
- refers texts to a committee for study
- may propose the setting up of committees of enquiry
Chairing of public sittings - can open, adjourn and close sittings
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- may make announcements concerning the House
- 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, in conformity with the Rules of Procedure
- 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, in conformity with the Rules of Procedure
- checks the quorum
- authenticates the adopted texts and the records of debates
- may have discretionary power to give the floor outside the agenda and thus organizes impromptu debates
Special powers - gives instructions for establishing the budget
- organizes the services of Parliament

Others powers :
- 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 - takes the floor in legislative debates
- provides guidelines for the interpretation or completion of the text under discussion
- in practice, takes no part in voting, but may vote if so he/she so wishes
- proposes bills or amendments
- intervenes in the parliamentary oversight procedure

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