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Stortinget (Parliament)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Stortinget / Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Title President of the Storting
Term - duration: 1 year, renewable;
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, if at least 1/5 of the Members of the Storting send the President a written demand for a new election
Appointment - elected by all MPs, at the beginning of a new Session of the Storting, after the Members' mandates are validated
Eligibility - any MP may be a candidate
Voting system - formal vote by secret ballot
- there may be 1, 2 or 3 rounds: in the first and second ballots, ordinary majority is required, if such a majority is not obtained, another re-election is held between the 2 candidates having obtained the largest number of votes
Procedures / results - the former President presides over the Assembly during the voting
- the former President as well as the Assembly supervise the voting
- the former President announces the results without any delay
- the results can be challenged immediately by any present Member of the Assembly
Status - ranks next to the Royal Family
- represents the Assembly with the public authorities
- in the absence of the President, the Vice-President can assume his/her role and functions
Board - the Presidium of the Storting is regulated by Rules of Procedure
- consists of 6 members: the President and the Vice-President of the Storting, the President and the Vice-President of the Lagting, the President and the Vice-President of the Odelsting
- meets usually once a week on the initiative of the Speaker
- is a collegiate presidency
Material facilities - allowance
- official car
- secretariat
Organization of parliamentary business - may to a certain extent organize the debates
- may raise question, but cannot take any decision
- may propose to refer a text to a committee for study
- may propose the setting up of committees and/or committees of enquiry,
The Presidium
- convenes sessions
- establishes and modifies the agenda
Chairing of public sittings - can open, adjourn and close sittings (alternatively with the Vice-President)
- 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 and verifies the voting procedure, the Assembly decides how it is to be carried out and cancel a vote in the event of irregularities
- checks the quorum
- authenticates the adopted texts and the records of debates
- interprets the rules or other regulations governing the life of the Assembly
Special powers - the Presidium puts forward a proposal on the budget of the Assembly
- is the main responsible, on behalf of the Presidium of the Storting, 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 when the Vice-President chairs the meeting
- takes part in voting
- provides guidelines for the interpretation or completion of the text under discussion
- proposes bills or amendments

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