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Parliament name National Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
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 Members of the Assembly
- the election is held at the first sitting of the newly elected Assembly or when a vacancy occurs
- before the Members are sworn in
Eligibility - any Member of the Assembly can be elected
- candidatures must be submitted by a third party who is himself a Member of the Assembly
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 obtaining the majority is elected
- if more than two candidatures are submitted : a vote by secret ballot is held. The candidates obtaining a greater proportion of the votes cast than the aggregates of votes obtained by the other candidates is elected.
Procedures / results - the Clerk presides over the Assembly during the voting
- the Clerk assisted by the two eldest Members of the Assembly 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
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 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
Special powers - 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 - takes part in voting, in the event of tie only

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