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Parliament name National Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Title Speaker of the National Parliament
Term - duration: 5 years (term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution
Appointment - elected by all the Members of the Parliament
- the election is held at the first sitting of the newly elected Parliament or when a vacancy occurs
- after Members are sworn in and after validation of mandates
Eligibility - any Member of the Parliament can be a candidate
- candidatures must be submitted by a third party who is himself a Member of the Parliament
- once submitted, candidatures must be supported by another Member of the Parliament
Voting system - if only one candidature is submitted : the candidate is elected without a vote or debate
- if two candidatures are submitted : a vote by secret ballot is held. The candidate who obtain the majority is elected
- if more than two candidatures are submitted : a vote by secret ballot is held. The candidates who obtain the majority is elected. In the event of a tie, the candidate having obtained the least votes is eliminated and a new round of voting is held
Procedures / results - the Clerk presides over the Parliament during the voting
- the Clerk supervises the voting
- the Clerk announces the results without any delay
Status - in the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker can assume his/her role and functions
Board - consists of the Speaker, one Deputy Speaker and four assistants
Material facilities NA (no information received)
Organization of parliamentary business - establishes and modifies the agenda, in the framework of the Standing Orders
Chairing of public sittings - can open, adjourn and close sittings, in the framework of the Standing Orders
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- makes announcements concerning the Parliament
- 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 Parliament

Special powers - is responsible for safety, and in this capacity, can call the police in the event of disturbance in the Parliament
Speaking and voting rights, other functions - takes part in voting, only in the event of a tie

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