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Chamber of Deputies

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

Oversight

Data on parliament’s oversight role and activities

Oversight tools

Parliament has the power to summon members of the government
Yes
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Constitution, art. 37.2; art. 52.1. b
Parliament has the power to summon senior government officials
Yes
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Constitution, Art. 52.1; Organic Law of the National Congress, Article 10.
Parliament has the power to approve key government appointments Key government appointments include, for example, ambassadors or the head of the central bank.
No
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Constitution
Approximate number of government appointments subject to parliamentary approval
0
Parliament has power to carry out inquiries
Yes
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Constitution, art. 52.1.c)

Head of State and/or Government

Head of State and/or Government
Parliament’s role in the designation of the Head of Government Some parliaments elect the Head of Government or approve the nomination for the Head of Government. Others do not play a role.
Parliament does not play a role
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Constitution
The Head of Government is also the Head of State
Yes
Parliament’s role
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Constitution, art. 24

Impeachment and confidence motions

Procedure for parliament
There is a procedure for parliament to dismiss or impeach the following persons/institution There is a procedure to dismiss or impeach the following persons/institution: Not applicable (there is no procedure); The whole Government; The Head of Government; The Head of State; Individual members of the Executive; Other (please specify)
The Head of Government
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Constitution, art. 52.2
Chambers that play a role in the dismissal or impeachment In bicameral parliaments: Chambers that play a role in the dismissal or impeachment: Lower chamber; Upper chamber; Not applicable
Upper chamber
Impeachment Role
There is a procedure for parliament to express no confidence in the following persons/institution There is a procedure for parliament to express no confidence in the following persons/institution: Not applicable (there is no procedure); The whole Government; The Head of Government; Individual members of the Executive; Other (please specify)
Not applicable (there is no procedure)
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Constitution
Chambers that play a role in motions of no confidence In bicameral parliaments: Chambers that play a role in motions of no confidence: Lower chamber; Upper chamber; Not applicable
Not applicable
Parliament is automatically dissolved when a motion of no confidence is adopted In some countries, the adoption of a motion of no confidence in the Government automatically leads to the dissolution of Parliament in certain countries. In other cases, a new government can be formed.
Not applicable