Senate approves direct election of prime minister

The Constitutional Affairs Commission of the Senate has approved the government’s amendment, which modifies Article 92 of the Constitution and introduces the direct election of the President of the Council of Ministers. The Government, as per the approved text, 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 in the previous ones he held the office for a period of less than seven years and six months. The elections of the Chambers and of the Prime Minister take place at the same time. This significant change in the election process ensures a more direct and democratic system in selecting the head of government.

By introducing direct suffrage for the Prime Minister, the government aims to increase transparency and accountability in the political system. The amendment also aims to streamline

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