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Cámara de Diputados (Chamber of Deputies)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Congreso Nacional de la República / National Congress of the Republic
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Cámara de Diputados / Chamber of Deputies
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senado / Senate
Title President of the Chamber of Deputies
Term - duration: 2 years
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution
Appointment - elected by all the Deputies
- after validation of mandates
- before Deputies are sworn in
Eligibility - any Deputy can be a candidate
Voting system - formal vote by secret ballot
- absolute majority in the first round, relative majority in the second round : in the event of a tie in the second round : lots will be drawn
Procedures / results - the outgoing President, or the eldest Deputy in the case of a newly elected Assembly, presides over the Chamber during the voting
Status - in the absence of the President, the Vice President can assume his/her role and functions
Board - consists of the President, a Vice President and two Secretaries
- elected for one year
Material facilities NA (no information received)
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes extraordinary sessions
- establishes and modifies the agenda
- organizes the debates and sets speaking time
- examines the admissibility of bills and amendments
- 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
- 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
Special powers - is responsible for establishing the budget
- heads up and oversees all of the Senate Departments
- 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, provided that he leaves his/her seat and does not resume it until the debate has ended
NA (no information received)

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