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, which allows for direct election of the President of the Council of Ministers. Under the new law, the government is made up of the Prime Minister and ministers, who together constitute the Council of Ministers. The Prime Minister is elected through universal and direct suffrage for a term of five years, with no more than two consecutive legislatures, or three if they held office for less than seven years and six months in previous ones. Elections for Chambers and Prime Minister will take place at the same time.

The law also specifies that the Prime Minister is elected in the Chamber where they presented their candidacy, and that the President confers on them the task of forming their Government. The President has power to appoint and revoke ministers on behalf of the Prime Minister. This significant change aims to increase transparency and accountability in selecting the head of government while streamlining government formation by giving elected Primes Minsters authority over appointments and revocations. Overall, this amendment represents a step towards a more representative and responsive government structure.

By Samantha Johnson

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