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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 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 Deputies who are present
- election is held at the first sitting of the newly elected Assembly or when a vacancy occurs
- following the validation of mandates
Eligibility - any Deputy may be a candidate
Voting system - formal vote by secret ballot
- 2/3 majority in the first round, absolute majority in the second round, relative majority in the third round, in the event of a tie in the third round, the oldest Deputy is elected
Procedures / results - the oldest Deputy presides over the Assembly during the voting
- the two youngest Deputy act as Secretaries until the President has been elected
Status - in the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speakers (by order of their rank) can assume his/her role and functions
- It is the Board that :
* represents the National Assembly with the public authorities
Board - is regulated by the Standing Orders
- consists of the Speaker, six Deputy-Speakers, six Secretaries and two Questors
Material facilities NA (no information received)
Organization of parliamentary business - establishes and modifies the agenda, within the framework of the Conference of Presidents
- examines the admissibility of bills and amendments
- refers texts to a committee for study
Chairing of public sittings - can open 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
- checks the quorum
Special powers - is responsible for establishing the budget
- heads up and oversees all of the Assembly Departments
- is responsible for safety, and in this capacity, can call the police in the event of disturbance in the Assembly
- appoints three Members to the Constitutional Court and to the National Board of Communication
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

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