President of the National Assembly of Venezuela
|President of the National Assembly|
|Appointer||Elected by the National Assembly|
|Term length||5 years|
|Inaugural holder||Willian Lara|
|Deputy||First Vice President|
The President of the National Assembly (Spanish: Presidente de la Asamblea Nacional) is the presiding officer (speaker) of the National Assembly, the country's unicameral legislature. The president's term coincides with the term of the legislature (five years as per constitutional convention). The post has existed since the election of the first National Assembly in 2000. Before the creation of the National Assembly with the adoption of the 1999 constitution, the country's legislature was the bicameral Congress, which contained the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. The last president of the Senate was Luis Alfonso Dávila, and the last president of the Chamber of Deputies was Henrique Capriles Radonski.
The current President of the National Assembly, since 5 January 2016, is Henry Ramos Allup, a member of the Democratic Action (AD) party and the Democratic Unity Roundtable coalition, from the Capital District and leader of AD since 2000.
The President of the National Assembly's authority resides in Article 194 of the Venezuelan constitution (section 2, chapter 1, Title V: "On the Organization of the National Public Authority"), which states the Deputies are to elect a President and two Vice-Presidents from among themselves to administer and represent the National Assembly. Alongside the President and the two Vice-Presidents, the Deputies also elect a Secretary and an Under-Secretary. The President of the National Assembly is second in the line of succession of the President of Venezuela after the Vice President, as stated in Article 233 of the constitution.
List of presidents of the National Assembly
|Term of Office||State||Legislature||Party|
|10 August 2000||5 January 2003||Guárico||1st||Fifth Republic Movement|
|5 January 2003||5 January 2005||Carabobo||Fifth Republic Movement|
|5 January 2005||7 August 2006||Capital District||2nd||Fifth Republic Movement|
|15 August 2006||5 January 2011||Capital District||Fifth Republic Movement|
|United Socialist Party|
|5||Fernando Soto Rojas
|5 January 2011||5 January 2012||Falcón||3rd||United Socialist Party
|5 January 2012||5 January 2016||Monagas||United Socialist Party
|7||Henry Ramos Allup
|5 January 2016||Incumbent||Capital District||4th||Democratic Action
- "Henrique Capriles Radonski". Tal Cual (in Spanish). Caracas: Editorial La Mosca Analfabeta. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
- "Henry Ramos Allup será el nuevo presidente de la AN". El Universal (in Spanish). Caracas. 3 January 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2015.