Assembly of Madrid

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Assembly of Madrid

Asamblea de Madrid
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
HousesUnicameral
Leadership
Juan Trinidad Martos, Cs
since 11 June 2019
Vice President
Paloma Adrados, PP
since 11 June 2019
Second Vice President
Diego Cruz, PSOE-M
since 11 June 2019
Third Vice President
José Ignacio Arias, Vox
since 11 June 2019
Secretary
María Eugenia Carballedo, PP
since 11 June 2019
Second Secretary
Encarnación Moya, PSOE-M
since 11 June 2019
Third Secretary
Esther Ruiz, Cs
since 11 June 2019
Structure
Seats136
Composition of the Madrid Assembly
Political groups
Government (65)
  •   PP (65)

Supported by (13)

Opposition (58)

Elections
Last election
4 May 2021
Meeting place
Debate del Estado de la región 2009.jpg
Chamber of the Madrid Assembly
Plaza de la Asamblea, Madrid, Community of Madrid
Website
www.asambleamadrid.es

Coordinates: 40°22′55.15″N 3°39′44.29″W / 40.3819861°N 3.6623028°W / 40.3819861; -3.6623028

The Assembly of Madrid or Madrid Assembly (Spanish: Asamblea de Madrid) is the unicameral regional legislature of the Autonomous Community of Madrid since the approval of the Madrid Charter of Autonomy in 1983.

It is elected every four years during the Spanish Regional and Municipal elections, as the Community of Madrid Charter of Autonomy does not recognise the right to call early elections (as in the Basque Country, Catalonia, Galicia and Andalusia), save for exceptional situations like the scandal that deadlocked the May 2003 Assembly and forced fresh elections in October 2003. According to the Charter, the Assembly is empowered to draw the Madrid Regional legislation, to control the Regional Government's actions and to elect the President of the Community of Madrid.

The Assembly meets in the district of Vallecas of Madrid in a hall inaugurated in 1998 specifically designed to host the Madrid Assembly.

Membership[edit]

The legislature is currently (as of 2019) made up of 132 deputies,[1] elected all at once in closed party lists for terms of 4 years. Seats are allocated using the proportional D'Hondt method in one constituency, which makes the Madrid Assembly one of the biggest parliaments in the world with one only constituency. In 2007, this fact moved President Esperanza Aguirre to propose splitting the Community of Madrid into twelve constituencies[2] of 9 to 15 AMs each. The alleged benefit was increasing the contact between statesmen and their electors, but the reform was rejected by the rest of parties in the Assembly on the grounds that it was not a pressing matter, and it would alter the composition of the assembly in favour of the most voted party. Eventually, the proposal was abandoned even though President Aguirre had the majority to pass it through the Assembly, because it would be defeated in the Cortes Generales as it had to be done through a process of reform of the Charter of Autonomy.

Parties that obtain more than 5AMs can form a parliamentary group, in order to organise and participate in the debates and committees of the assembly. Parties that do not reach that number of seats will be part of the mixed group. Currently the threshold for obtaining seats in the Madrid Assembly is 5% of the total votes cast including votes "en blanco" i.e. for "none of the above", thus making it mathematically impossible for a party to obtain less than five seats.

Results of the elections to the Assembly of Madrid[edit]

Deputies in Assembly of Madrid since 1983
Election Distribution President
1983
9 51 34
Joaquín Leguina (PSOE)
1987
7 40 17 32
1991
13 41 47
1995
17 32 54
Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón (PP)
1999
8 39 55
May 2003
9 47 55
Oct 2003
9 45 57
Esperanza Aguirre (PP) (2003-2012)

Ignacio González (PP) (2012-2015)

2007
11 42 67
2011
13 36 8 72
2015
27 37 17 48
Cristina Cifuentes (PP)(2015-2018)

Ángel Garrido (PP) (2018-2019)

2019
7 20 37 26 30 12
Isabel Díaz Ayuso (PP)
2021
10 24 24 65 13


Leadership[edit]

The Madrid Assembly's Leadership resides in the Bureau of the Assembly comprising a President (Speaker), three Vice Presidents who chair debate when the President is absent, and three Secretaries, elected in the first session of each newly elected Assembly. The Bureau is tasked with managing the Assembly schedule and interpreting its rules of order, including the power to expel members from the sessions.

The seat of the Assembly of Madrid
Composition of the Bureau of the Madrid Assembly for the 11th Assembly of Madrid
Position Name Party
President (Speaker) Juan Trinidad Martos Cs
1st Vice President María Paloma Adrados Gautier PP
2nd Vice President Diego Cruz Torrijos PSOE-M
3rd Vice President José Ignacio Arias Moreno Vox
1st Secretary María Eugenia Carballedo Berlanga PP
2nd Secretary María Encarnación Moya Nieto PSOE-M
3rd Secretary Esther Ruiz Fernández Cs

There is also a second, consultative body, the Spokespersons' Council (Spanish: Junta de Portavoces), which is made up of the leaders and spokespersons from each parliamentary group[3] in the Assembly and has the right to be "heard"[4] before the Bureau takes some decisions such as scheduling debates and votes. In the Spanish system, however, ruling parties usually do not hold a tight grip over the Parliament's schedule, nor do they use it to turn down the opposition proposals without debate: they are just voted down in committee or by the full house after the shortest debate allowed by the rules of order. Thus, while control of the Bureau and the Spokespersons' Council is definitely important, it is not a critical matter as it sometimes becomes in other systems.

Committees[edit]

The Assembly organises its work in different committees. Committees are constituted by the bureau of the Assembly on the advice of the Spokespersons' Council. The number and grouping of its members is also determined at the same time. The election of the membership of the committees is a role of the parliamentary groups that have to be always represented in the committees. The committees are directed by a Bureau composed of a Chair, a vice-chair and a secretary and each group is to designate a Spokesperson and an adjutant spokesperson for the committee, that will usually take care of that matters also in the plenary.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Madrid election results (in Spanish) Historiaelectoral.com, accessed 26 November 2012
  2. ^ "El Ejecutivo de Aguirre insiste en dividir la región en 12 circunscripciones electorales, frente a la única actual" (in Spanish). El País. 2007-06-15. Retrieved 2007-06-15.
  3. ^ Each representative's vote counts as the full power of his/her parliamentary group, so the majority of the ruling party or coalition can't be overturned by a more numerous (in terms of parliamentary groups) opposition.
  4. ^ Literally, in the Spanish legal jargon, some decisions are to be taken "oída la Junta de Portavoces", that is, "having heard the Spokespersons' Council's opinion".

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