President of the National Assembly of Venezuela

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President of the National Assembly
Coat of arms of Venezuela.svg
Henry Ramos Allup Portrait.jpg
Incumbent
Henry Ramos Allup

since 5 January 2016
Appointer Elected by the National Assembly
Term length 5 years
Inaugural holder Willian Lara
Formation 1999
Deputy First Vice President
Website Official Website

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.[1]

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.

Constitutional role[edit]

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[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office State Legislature Party
1 Coat of arms of Venezuela (1954-2006).svg Willian Lara
(1959–2010)
10 August 2000 5 January 2003 Guárico 1st Fifth Republic Movement
2 Coat of arms of Venezuela (1954-2006).svg Francisco Ameliach
(1963–)
5 January 2003 5 January 2005 Carabobo Fifth Republic Movement
3 Nicolas Maduro in Brasilia.jpg Nicolás Maduro
(1962–)
5 January 2005 7 August 2006 Capital District 2nd Fifth Republic Movement
4 Cilia Flores 2013.jpg Cilia Flores
(1953–)
15 August 2006 5 January 2011 Capital District Fifth Republic Movement
United Socialist Party
5 Coat of arms of Venezuela.svg Fernando Soto Rojas
(1933–)
5 January 2011 5 January 2012 Falcón 3rd United Socialist Party
(GPP)
6 Diosdado Cabello 2013.jpg Diosdado Cabello
(1963–)
5 January 2012 5 January 2016 Monagas United Socialist Party
(GPP)
7 Henry Ramos Allup Portrait.jpg Henry Ramos Allup
(1943–)
5 January 2016[2] Incumbent Capital District 4th Democratic Action
(MUD)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Henrique Capriles Radonski". Tal Cual (in Spanish). Caracas: Editorial La Mosca Analfabeta. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Henry Ramos Allup será el nuevo presidente de la AN". El Universal (in Spanish). Caracas. 3 January 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 

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