Political system
Presidential system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

Oversight

Oversight tools

Parliament/Chamber has the power to summon members of the government
Yes

Sources: 1987 Constitution

Parliament/chamber has the power to summon senior government officials
Yes

Sources: Amended 1987 Constitution

Parliament has the power to approve key government appointments
Yes

Sources: Amended 1987 Constitution

Approximate number of government appointments subject to parliamentary approval
30
Parliament/chamber has the power to approve key government appointments
Yes
Number of written questions asked, per year
No information available
Number of written questions answered by the government, per year
No information available
Percentage of written questions answered by the government, per year
No information available
Parliament/chamber has power to carry out inquiries
No

Sources: Senate Standing Orders + amended 1987 Constitution defining the oversight role of parliamentarians

Number of parliamentary inquiries, per year
No information available

Head of State and/or Government

Parliament’s role in the designation of the Head of Government
Parliament approves a nomination for the Head of Government

Sources: Subsequent ratification as per the amended 1987 Constitution

The Head of Government is also the Head of State
No
Parliament’s role in the designation of the Head of State
Parliament does not play a role

Sources: The Head of State takes office after his election when he is sworn in before the Assembly (amended 1987 Constitution)

Impeachment and confidence motions

Parliament is automatically dissolved when a motion of no confidence is adopted
No
Chambers that can be dissolved when a motion of no confidence is adopted
No information available

Impeachment procedure

There is a procedure for parliament to dismiss or impeach the following persons/institution
The whole Government
The Head of Government
Individual members of the Executive
Chambers that play a role in the dismissal or impeachment
Lower chamber
Upper chamber

Sources: Constitution of 1987, amended

No confidence processes

There is a procedure for parliament to express no confidence in the following persons/institution
The whole Government
The Head of Government
Individual members of the Executive
Chambers that play a role in motions of no confidence
Lower chamber

Sources: Constitution of 1987, amended

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No