National Assembly (Belize)

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National Assembly
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Type
Type
Houses Senate (upper house)
House of Representatives (lower house)
Leadership
President of the Senate
Lee Mark Chang
Since 18 November 2015
Vice President of the Senate
Godwin Hulse, UDP
Since November 2015
Leader of the Opposition
John Briceño, PUP
Since 29 January 2016
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Laura Longsworth
Since 13 January 2017
Structure
Seats 43 members
31 representatives
13 senators
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Senate political groups
     UDP (6)
     PUP (3)
     Other (4)
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House of Representatives political groups
     UDP (19)
     PUP (12)
Elections
appointed by the Governor-General
Meeting place
Belmopan
Website
www.nationalassembly.gov.bz
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The National Assembly is the bicameral legislature of the nation of Belize. It is divided into the House of Representatives, with 31 members, elected by universal suffrage, and the Senate, with 13 members, appointed by the Governor-General in consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. The presiding officer of the House is the Speaker, while the Senate is presided over by the President.

History[edit]

The National Assembly of Belize, then known as British Honduras was first introduced on 31 December, 1963, replacing the unicameral Legislative Assembly.

The National Assembly has the power to debate and create laws based on the Constitution. It typically meets, both House and Senate, once a month, with other meetings called as necessary.

National Assembly Building, Belmopan[edit]

Since the relocation of the capital to Belmopan, the Parliament has sat at National Assembly Building, Belmopan since 1970.

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