Vote of no confidence and the constitution
Vote of No Confidence & The Constitution
Article 61: Eighth:
A. The Council of Representatives may withdraw confidence from one of the
Ministers by an absolute majority and he shall be considered resigned
from the date of the decision of withdrawal of confidence. A vote of no
confidence in a Minister may not be held except upon his request or on the
basis of a request signed by fifty members after the Minister has appeared
for questioning before the Council. The Council shall not issue its
decision regarding the request except after at least seven days from the
date of its submission.
1- The President of the Republic may submit a request to the Council of
Representatives to withdraw confidence from the Prime Minister.
2- The Council of Representatives may withdraw confidence from the
Prime Minister based on the request of one-fifth of its members. This
request shall not be submitted except after an inquiry directed at the
Prime Minister and after at least seven days from the date of
submitting the request.
3- The Council of Representatives may decide to withdraw confidence
from the Prime Minister by an absolute majority of the number of its
C. The Government is deemed resigned in case of withdrawal of confidence
from the Prime Minister.
D. In case of a vote of withdrawal of confidence in the Council of Ministers
as a whole, the Prime Minister and the Ministers continue in their
positions to run everyday business for a period not to exceed thirty days
until a new Council of Ministers is formed in accordance with the
provisions of Article 76 of this Constitution.
Second: Council of Ministers
First: The President of the Republic shall charge the nominee of the largest
Council of Representatives bloc with the formation of the Council of Ministers
within fifteen days from the date of the election of the President of the Republic.
Second: The Prime Minister-designate shall undertake the naming of the members
of his Council of Ministers within a period not to exceed thirty days from the date
of his designation.
Third: If the Prime Minister-designate fails to form the Council of Ministers
during the period specified in clause “Second,” the President of the Republic shall
charge a new nominee for the post of Prime Minister within fifteen days.
Fourth: The Prime Minister-designate shall present the names of his members of
the Council of Ministers and the ministerial program to the Council of
Representatives. He is deemed to have gained its confidence upon the approval,
by an absolute majority of the Council of Representatives, of the individual
Ministers and the ministerial program.
Fifth: The President of the Republic shall charge another nominee to form the
Council of Ministers within fifteen days in case the Council of Ministers did not
win the vote of confidence.