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Cámara de Senadores (Senate)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Asamblea General / General Assembly
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Cámara de Senadores / Senate
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Cámara de Representantes / House of Representatives
Title President of the General Assembly & of the Senate
Term - duration: 5 years (term of House)
- normal date of expiry: the 14th of February preceding the inauguration of the new Chamber
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution of the Senate
Appointment - the Vice-President of the Republic is ex officio President of the Senate
- last Sunday of November every five years
- prior to validation of mandates and swearing-in
Eligibility - any citizen over 30 years of age, of Uruguayan nationality or naturalized at least 7 years ago may be a candidate (except for judges, prosecutors, police officers and servicemen)
- notification of candidature: 30 days prior to elections
Voting system - formal vote by secret ballot
- simple majority, one round
Procedures / results NA (no information received)
Status - as both President of the Senate and Vice-President of the Republic, he ranks second in the order of precedence after the President of the Republic
- presides over joint meetings of both Houses
- represents the Senate with the public authorities
- represents the Senate in international bodies
- in the absence of the President, the Senator representing the party with the most votes in the last national elections can assume his/her role and functions
Material facilities - salary double that of the other MPs
- official car
- secretariat
- bodyguards
- military attaché
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes sessions
- refers texts to a committee for study
Chairing of public sittings - can open, adjourn and close sittings
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- makes announcements concerning the Senate, as does the Legislative Secretary
- takes disciplinary measures in the event of disturbance, and lifts such measures
- establishes the list of speakers, gives and withdraws permission to speak
- checks the quorum
- authenticates the texts adopted and the records of debates, together with the Legislative Secretary
- interprets the rules or other regulations governing the life of the Senate, relying on precedents
Special powers - presents a draft budget to the Senate
- recruits, assigns and promotes staff
- appoints the Clerk
- organizes the services of the Senate
- is responsible for relations with foreign Parliaments
- is responsible for safety, and in this capacity, can call the police in the event of disturbance in the Senate
Speaking and voting rights, other functions - takes the floor in legislative debates, by leaving his seat
- provides guidelines for the interpretation or completion of the text under discussion, like any Senator
- takes part in voting
- proposes bills or amendments
- intervenes in the parliamentary oversight procedure
- can propose members of the Supreme Court, the Tribunal for Administrative Disputes, the Audit Office and the Electoral Court, like the other Senators

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