Motion of censure: What is it and what is provided by the Constitution and the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament

The onslaught of bad weather Elpis and the serious problems it leaves behind raise the political thermometer with the opposition and the official opposition being transferred from Friday afternoon to the Plenary Hall of the Parliament and culminating on Sunday night, after the proposal rebuke filed by the president of SYRIZA – Progressive Alliance, Alexis Tsipras. 
The leader of the official opposition ascended the podium of the Plenary on Thursday afternoon, emphatically repeating all those parameters that made him ask for the floor today, as he said, and with a direct attack on the government and Kyriakos Mitsotakis filed a motion of censure against government from the post-colonial period onwards “.

Motion of censure: What is it?

The political developments in the country are rapid, with the president of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras announcing a motion of censure against the government. 

The term “motion of censure” refers to the motion submitted by an opposition party to the Greek Parliament , in order for the House to withdraw its confidence in the government or a member of it.

The regime that governs the procedure of the motion of censure is described primarily in article 84 of the Constitution and in a more detailed way in article 142 of the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament.

Pursuant to Rule 84, the motion of censure is tabled if it bears the signature of 1/6 of the total number of Members (ie 50 Members) and must clearly include the matters on which Members withdraw their confidence in the Government. in whole or in part.

The deputies submit the motion of censure to the Speaker of the Parliament during a public session of the House.

In case the proposal is signed, as mentioned above, by the required minimum number of deputies, then the Parliament suspends its work for two days, unless the government requests that the debate on the motion of censure be started immediately.

Regarding the time limits, the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament point out that the debate in the Plenary Session is completed no later than the twelfth night of the third day from the beginning with a roll call vote.

According to Article 142 of the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament, the debate on the motion of censure begins with the speech of at least two deputies from those who signed it.

At the same time, until the end of the speech of the two deputies, the complete list of the speakers that will be placed before the Plenary is drawn up.

In order for the motion of censure against the government as a whole or against a member to be accepted , it must have been voted in favor by an absolute majority of the total number of deputies (151 deputies) .

It is emphasized, lastly, that a motion of censure may not be tabled again unless six months have elapsed since the previous similar motion was rejected , unless it is signed by an absolute majority of the total number of Members.


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