- The post of prime minister will be created, with the holder having the authority to co-ordinate and supervise the execution of government functions.
- The prime minister will be an elected member of parliament and the parliamentary leader of the largest party in the National Assembly, or of a coalition if the largest party does not command a majority in parliament.
- Two deputy prime ministers to be appointed, one to be nominated by each member of the coalition.
- The prime minister and deputy prime ministers can only be removed if the National Assembly passes a motion of no-confidence with a majority vote.
- A cabinet to consist of a president, vice-president, prime minister, two deputy prime ministers and other ministers.
- The removal of a minister of the coalition will be subject to consultation and agreement in writing by the leaders.
- The composition of the coalition government will at all times take into account the principle of portfolio balance, and reflect the parties' relative parliamentary strengths.
- The coalition will be dissolved if the current parliament is dissolved; or if the parties agree in writing; or if one coalition partner withdraws from the coalition.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Here's the Deal
Below are the details of the power-sharing deal signed by the government and opposition last week. It's hard to believe that getting both parties to agree to these eight points cost the country so dearly.