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Cámara de Representantes (House of Representatives)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Asamblea General / General Assembly
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Cámara de Representantes / House of Representatives
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Cámara de Senadores / Senate
Title President of the House of Representatives
Term Duration: one year
- for the first year of the five-year term of the legislature, the Speaker occupies the post from 15 February until the end of February of the next year;
- for the rest of the legislature, the Speaker occupies the post from 1 March until the end of February of the next year.

Reasons of interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution of the Chamber
Appointment - elected by all Members of the Chamber
- the election is held at the beginning of every annual session
- before validation of mandates
Eligibility - any Member may be a candidate
Voting system - formal public vote in one round
- a simple majority of the Members is required
Procedures / results - the Secretary presides over the Chamber during the voting
- the Secretary supervises the voting
- the Secretary announces the results without delay
- the results cannot be challenged
Status - the President of the Senate presides over joint sittings of both Houses
- in the absence of the Speaker, one of the four Vice-Presidents elected using the same procedure as the President can assume his/her role and functions

Material facilities - same allowance as other Members of the Chamber
- expense allowance
- official car
- secretariat
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes sessions
- establishes and modifies the agenda
- organizes the debates
- examines the admissibility of bills and amendments
- refers texts to a committee for study
- examines the admissibility of requests for setting up committees of enquiry, proposes or decides on the setting-up of such committees
- is empowered to appoint committees and their presidents
Chairing of public sittings - can open, adjourn and close sittings
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- takes disciplinary measures in the event of disturbance, and lifts such measures
- establishes the list of speakers, gives and withdraws permission to speak
- verifies the voting procedure
- checks the quorum at the indication of the Secretary
- authenticates the texts adopted and the records of debates with the Secretaries of the Chambers
- interprets the rules or other regulations governing the life of the Chamber
Special powers - is responsible for establishing the budget
- recruits, assigns and promotes staff with the agreement of the Committee for Chamber Affairs and the Secretariat
- organizes the services of Parliament
- is responsible for relations with foreign Parliaments
- is responsible for safety, and in this capacity, can call in the police in the event of disturbance in the Chamber
Speaking and voting rights, other functions - takes the floor in legislative debates by leaving his seat
- gives directives for the interpretation or completion of the text under discussion
- takes part in voting
- proposes bills or amendments
- intervenes in the parliamentary oversight procedure
- transmits laws to the Head of State for promulgation

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