Second day of the seminar on the functions of the Senate

On Tuesday, May 26, the Seminar on the Monitoring and Information Function and the Institutional Management Function of the Senate continued, after opening on May 25, in the International Conferences Center of Ngolo (Bata), by the President Teresa Efua Asangono.

The first issue addressed was that of the Senate Relations with institutional bodies of the State and the intervention of the Senate in the appointment of officials and Authorities

The speaker Javier Sanchez stressed that the Senate, together with the Chamber of Deputies, exercises legislative power, and holds the legislative initiative and that of reviewing the Basic Law for its adoption. Other functions are appointing the Ombudsman, and monitoring and controlling the action of the Government and the Public Administration and, without the consent of the Chamber, can: approve its own spending budget and its regulations; propose the appointment of a member of the Constitutional Court and the President of the Republic, the appointment of the member representing this institution in the Superior Judicial Council, and the election of its Chairman and officers. In short, the Senate of Equatorial Guinea is moving away from the traditional systems of the upper chambers, as bodies of territorial representation.

The Senate in the Agreements and International Treaties and the Parliamentary Diplomacy was another of the matters discussed at the meeting. As Javier Sanchez explained, the rules of the High Chamber addresses parliamentary diplomacy and the activity of the Senate in its relations with parliaments, congresses, legislatures of other countries and international organizations to which they belong, through visits of parliamentary delegations, Heads of State or Government and representatives of international organizations as well as official visits of its members abroad.

Text and photos: Pilar Cecilia Ayecaba Ndong (Senate Press Office)

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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