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Parliament name Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name National Assembly
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) National Council
Title Speaker of the National Assembly
Term - duration: 5 years (term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution of the Assembly
Appointment - elected by all Members of the Assembly
- the election is held on the first sitting day of the first session immediately after election of the new Assembly
- after members' mandates have been validated and they have been sworn in
Eligibility - any Member of the Assembly can be a candidate
Voting system - secret ballot
- simple majority
Procedures / results - the Secretary General presides over the Assembly during the voting
- the clerks supervises the voting
- the Secretary General announces the results without any delay
- the results cannot be challenged
Status - ranks third in the hierarchy of State
- represents the Assembly in international bodies
- presides over joint sessions of the Chambers
- in the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker can assume his/her role and functions
Material facilities - allowance
- official car
- household staff
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes 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
- examines the admissibility of requests for setting up committees and/or committees of enquiry
- may appoint committees and their Chairmen
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
- 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 - recommends the budget of the Assembly
- recruits, assigns and promotes staff
- appoints the Secretary General
- organizes the services of the 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 - may not take part in voting but has a casting vote
- signs laws and transmits them to the Head of State for enactment
- ensures the constitutionality of laws

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