RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

XV. RELATIONS BETWEEN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND THE GOVERNMENT

1. Election of the Government

Article 268

The name of the candidate nominated for a Prime Minister shall be communicated immediately upon its reception by the Speaker of the National Assembly to MPs.

Article 269

When the candidate for a Prime Minister presents his/her programme and proposal of the Government composition at a sitting of the National Assembly, a debate on the candidate for a Prime Minister, the programme presented and the candidates for Government members shall be opened.

Article 270

Immediately upon the conclusion of the debate, the Speaker of the National Assembly shall schedule a Voting Day on the programme of the Government and the election of a Prime Minister and Government members.

The National Assembly shall vote on the proposal referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article in its entirety, by secret ballot vote, unless it decides on an open ballot vote. If the National Assembly decides on an open ballot vote, a roll-call vote shall be taken.

The Government shall be deemed elected if it obtains the majority vote of the total number of MPs.

Article 271

After the Government has been elected, the Prime Minister and Government members shall take the oath of office before the National Assembly by reading out loud the legally-prescribed text of the oath of office. After taking the oath of office, the Prime Minister and Government members shall sign the text of the oath and submit it to the Speaker of the National Assembly.

2. Representation of the Government in the National Assembly

Article 272

In the process of debating all issues from within the scope of work of the Government, the Prime Minister shall have a right and duty to represent the Government in the National Assembly.

The Government shall designate Government members who represent it in individual items on the agenda of the sittings of the National Assembly, or sittings of its committees.

Government representatives at sittings of the National Assembly and its committees may only be members of the Government and the Director of the State Secretariat for Legislation when a Bill prepared for the Government by the State Secretariat for Legislation is on the agenda of the sitting of the National Assembly.

Government representatives shall participate in the work of the National Assembly in accordance with their powers specified by the law.

Article 273

For the purpose of providing expert and other explanations, the Government may designate its commissioners at sittings of committees of the National Assembly.

Article 274

Together with Bills and proposals of other general acts, or with other materials it submits to the National Assembly, the Government shall notify the National Assembly of the names of its representatives and commissioners attending the sittings of the National Assembly and its committees.

Article 275

For the purpose of exercising the rights and duties of the Government in the National Assembly, the National Assembly and its committees shall notify the Government and competent Ministries of their sittings and the issues to be considered at these sittings.

3. Confidence in the Government

Article 276

The Government may require from the National Assembly, in writing, to vote on its confidence in the Government and shall be entitled to reason its request.

The request referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article shall be submitted on behalf of the Government by the Prime Minister.

The procedure of deciding on a motion of no confidence in the Government initiated by the Government shall be subject to provisions of these Rules of Procedure relating to the procedure of deciding on the motion of no confidence in the Government or a Government member.

Article 277

If the National Assembly votes in favour of the motion of no confidence in the Government, the Speaker of the National Assembly shall immediately notify the President of the Republic thereof.

4. Resignation of the Prime Minister, a Government Member and Dismissal of a Government Member

Article 278

The Prime Ministers shall tender a resignation in writing to the Speaker of the National Assembly and shall be entitled to reason it.

The Speaker of the National Assembly shall immediately notify the President of the Republic and MPs of the resignation of the Prime Minister.

At its first subsequent sitting, the National Assembly shall note without a debate that the Prime Minister has resigned, and no vote shall be taken on this matter.

On the date the National Assembly has noted that the Prime Minister has resigned, the mandate of the Government shall be terminated.

Article 279

A resignations tendered by a Government member shall be communicated to the Speaker of the National Assembly by the Prime Minister.

The Speaker of the National Assembly shall notify MPs of the resignation of a Government member.

At its first subsequent sitting, the National Assembly shall note without a debate that a Government member has resigned and no vote shall be taken on the matter.

On the date the National Assembly has noted that a Government member has resigned, the mandate of this Government member shall be terminated.

Article 280

Proposals to dismiss a Government member shall be submitted by the Prime Minister to the Speaker of the National Assembly in writing, and the Prime Minister shall be entitled to reason the proposal.

The National Assembly shall debate and vote on the proposal to dismiss a Government member at its first subsequent session.

The mandate of the Government member shall be terminated on the date the decision on his/her dismissal is adopted.

The Speaker of the National Assembly shall notify the Prime Minister of the decision referred to in paragraph 3 of this Article.

Article 281

A motion of no confidence in the Government and a proposal to dismiss a Government members may be withdrawn until the vote on the motion of no confidence in the Government and the proposal to dismiss a Government member.

Each of the MPs who signed the motion of no confidence in the Government or a Government member shall be entitled to withdraw his/her proposal until the vote on it. Where the number of MPs who proposed a vote of no confidence in the Government or a Government member decrease below 60, the proposal shall be deemed withdrawn.

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Thursday, 19 October
  • 12.00 - press conference of MP Meho Omerovic (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, Central Hall)

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