April 14, 2024 2:39 pm
Senate approves direct election of prime minister

The Senate’s Constitutional Affairs Commission has approved the government’s amendment to Article 92 of the Constitution, introducing the direct election of the President of the Council of Ministers. This change in the election process ensures a more democratic system in selecting the head of government, as it allows for direct suffrage for the Prime Minister.

The government is made up of the Prime Minister and ministers, who together constitute the Council of Ministers. The Prime Minister is elected by universal and direct suffrage for five years, for no more than two consecutive legislatures, raised to three if he held the office for less than seven years and six months in previous ones. Elections for Chambers and Prime Minister take place at the same time, with a national basis prize guaranteeing a majority of seats in each Chamber to lists and candidates linked to the Prime Minister.

Once elected, the Prime Minister is elected in his presenting Chamber and receives from the President of Republic a task to form Government. The President also appoints and revokes ministers on Prime Minister’s proposal. This amendment streamlines government formation by giving authority to appointed Prime Minister to appoint and revoke ministers. Overall, this amendment represents a step towards a more representative and responsive government structure that aims to increase transparency and accountability in political system through direct suffrage for head of Government position.

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