Parliament to Convene on Saturday, Elect New President on Sunday

Parliament to Convene on Saturday, Elect New President on Sunday

The Parliament elected on September 20 will convene for its first session this coming Saturday, when the MPs will be sworn in during a ceremony held at 11:00 on Saturday morning. The MPs will then return at 11:00 on Sunday in order to elect the new Parliament president, in a session to be chaired by Nikitas Kaklamanis, the most senior of the re-elected vice-presidents of the previous Parliament.
The new Parliament president will then read out his policy statement to the House and a session to elect the Parliament vice-presidents and other Parliamentary officials will be held on Sunday evening. The candidate proposed by the ruling SYRIZA-ANEL coalition is SYRIZA MP Nikos Voutsis, a former minister.
On Monday, Parliament will convene to hear the government's policy statements, with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as sole speaker for the first day of the three-day process. The sessions will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday, with presentations by individual ministers and MPs, followed by the speeches of all the political party leaders in Parliament. The process will conclude with a vote of confidence in the government at midnight on Wednesday evening, to be conducted in a roll-call vote.

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