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Majlis al-Mustasharin (Chamber of Councillors)

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Parliament name -
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Majlis al-Mustasharin / Chamber of Councillors
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Majlis Al-Nuwab / Chamber of Deputies
Nature of the mandate Represents regions, professional organizations, national sectors and groups
Start of the mandate Upon validation of the vote by the Constitutional Council
Validation of mandates
End of the mandate Date of legal termination of mandate (six-year mandate)
Can MPs resign? Yes
Can MPs lose their mandate? Yes
Rank in hierarchy 1. President
2. First Vice-President
3. Second Vice-President
4. The 7 Chairpersons of the Standing Committees
5. The 7 Rapporteurs of the Standing Committees
6. The assistant Rapporteurs of the Standing Committees
7. Other members
Indemnities, facilities and services - Basic indemnity + reimbursement of expenses
- Retirement pension and social security
- No exemption from taxes
- Diplomatic passport
- Other facilities: meals at Chamber restaurant; hotel accommodation during parliamentary activities; free public transport
Obligation to declare personal assets No
Parliamentary immunity - parliamentary non-accountability - The notion is enshrined in Articles 26 and 27 of the Constitution.
- Parliamentary non-accountability on grounds of: opinions expressed in the Chamber in the exercise of mandate, action taken and proposals issued therein.
- Members of the Chamber cannot be prosecuted or arrested for crimes or offences so long as the Chamber has not lifted their immunity.
- Lifting of immunity is decided in plenary sitting.
Parliamentary immunity - parliamentary inviolability
Training - Parliamentary orientation day prior to the beginning of each ordinary session
Participation in the work of the Parliament - Members of the Chamber must attend plenary sittings and committee sittings (Articles 13 and 31 of the Standing Orders).
- Sanctions foreseen for non-compliance with this obligation (Articles 13 and 31 of the Standing Orders): warning; reprimand with loss of parliamentary indemnity; loss of parliamentary status
- Competent authority to judge such cases and apply sanctions: President of the Chamber of Councillors, plenary assembly.
Discipline - The rules governing discipline within the Chamber of Councillors are provided for in the Standing Orders.
- Disciplinary sanctions provided for: call to order; withdrawal of right to take the floor; denial of access to the room for the duration of the sitting; other.
- Competent authority to judge such cases and apply sanctions (call to order; withdraw of right to take the floor; denial of access to the room for the duration of the sitting): the President
- Other sanctions: decided by the Chamber of Councillors on the Bureau's recommendation.
Code (rules) of conduct
Relations between MPs and pressure group

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