Great National Assembly
|Great National Assembly
Marea Adunare Naţională
|Romanian People's Republic (1948-1966)
Socialist Republic of Romania (1966-1989)
|Preceded by||Romanian: Reprezentanţa Naţionalǎ1 (Adunarea Deputaţilor2)|
|Succeeded by||Parliament of Romania (Chamber of Deputies and the Senate)|
|Voting system||open single party list|
|Palatul Adunǎrii Deputaţilor|
|1the name under witch the Parliament of Romania was defined by the 1866 and 1923 Constitutions;
2after the war the Constitution of 1923 was reestablished; due to the communist occupation of the country the Senate was suspended;
The Great National Assembly (Romanian: Marea Adunare Naţională; MAN) was the legislature of the Romanian People's Republic and the Socialist Republic Romania. When Communism was overthrown in Romania in December 1989, the National Assembly was replaced by a bicameral parliament, made up of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.
The Great National Assembly was elected every four years and each of its members represented 60,000 citizens. Despite of this, many in capitalist countries believe that the Assembly was merely a façade which helped perpetuating the illusion of democracy.
Its role is given by article 43 of the 1965 Constitution of Romania and it includes 24 powers, which range from changing the constitution to the naming and deposing of the Supreme Commander of the Romanian Army. The resolutions required a simple majority to be passed through.
The Assembly convened twice a year for ordinary sessions and for extraordinary sessions as many times as required by the Council of State or by at least one third of the members of the Assembly. It elected its own chairmen and four deputies to preside each session.
 1980 elections
According to the official results of the March 9, 1980, election, which elected 369 deputies, 99.99% of the registered voters cast their votes. Of them, 98.52% voted for the official candidates, 1.48% voted against and just 44 votes were declared invalid.
192 seats of the Assembly were occupied by women and 47 seats belonged to national minorities (mainly Hungarians and Germans).
 Presidents of the Great National Assembly
The numbering continues from the old Assembly of Deputies presidents.
|No.||Name||Portrait||Born-Died||Took office||Left office||Party|
|Great National Assembly
1948 - 1989
|41||1||Gheorghe Apostol||1913 - 2010||7 April 1948||11 June 1948||PMR|
|42||2||Constantin Agiu||11 June 1948||27 December 1948||PMR|
|43||3||Constantin Pârvulescu||1895 - 1992||27 December 1948||5 July 1949||PMR|
|44||4||Dumitru Petrescu||5 July 1949||28 December 1949||PMR|
|45||5||Alexandru Drǎghici||28 December 1949||26 January 1950||PMR|
|(44)||(4)||Dumitru Petrescu||26 January 1950||29 May 1950||PMR|
|46||6||Constantin Doncea||29 May 1950||6 September 1950||PMR|
|(41)||(1)||Gheorghe Apostol||1913 - 2010||6 September 1950||5 April 1951||PMR|
|47||7||Ioan Vinţe||1910 - 1996||5 April 1951||26 March 1952||PMR|
|(41)||(1)||Gheorghe Apostol||1913 - 2010||26 March 1952||6 June 1952||PMR|
|48||8||Gheorghe Stoica||2 June 1952||30 November 1952||PMR|
|(43)||(3)||Constantin Pârvulescu||1895 - 1992||23 January 1953||5 March 1961||PMR|
|49||9||Ştefan Voitec||1900 - 1984||20 March 1961||28 March 1974||PMR/PCR|
|50||10||Miron Constantinescu||1917 - 1974||28 March 1974||18 July 1974||PCR|
|51||11||Nicolae Giosan||26 July 1974||12 December 1989||PCR|