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Senate Approves Direct Election of Prime Minister as Reform

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Apr 2, 2024

The Constitutional Affairs Commission of the Senate has approved an amendment proposed by the government to modify article 92 of the Constitution. This amendment introduces the direct election of the President of the Council of Ministers. According to the approved text, the government is composed of the Prime Minister and the ministers, collectively forming the Council of Ministers. The Prime Minister will now be elected through universal and direct suffrage for a term of five years, with a limit of two consecutive terms, which can be extended to three terms if the previous ones were served for less than seven years and six months. Elections for both the Chambers and the Prime Minister will now occur simultaneously.

The law further dictates that the Prime Minister is to be elected in the Chamber in which they presented their candidacy. Once elected, the President of the Republic will confer on the Prime Minister the task of forming the government, appointing and revoking ministers based on the Prime Minister’s proposal. Additionally, the law outlines a system for the election of the Chambers and the Prime Minister, ensuring a majority of seats in each Chamber to the lists and candidates affiliated with the Prime Minister.

This amendment to the Constitution aims to bring about direct elections for the position of the President of the Council of Ministers, aligning with the principles of democracy and representativeness in government. It signifies a significant change in the electoral process and the composition of the government, emphasizing the role of the Prime Minister as a central figure in the political landscape. The approval of this amendment by the Constitutional Affairs Commission reflects a step towards a more inclusive and democratic governance structure in the country.

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