The President of the Assembly of the Republic has the powers vested in him by the Constitution, the Law and the Rules of Procedure. The President directs and coordinates the work of the Assembly, oversees its administration, and exercises authority over all its staff and agents and the security forces placed at its service.
The President of the Assembly of the Republic is elected by an absolute majority of the Members of Parliament at the legislative assembly’s first plenary meeting. The President's mandate is of the same length (four years).
The President of the Assembly of the Republic is also responsible for admitting or rejecting bills, draft resolutions, draft decisions, motions and requests, after determining that they comply with the Rules of Procedure, without prejudice to the right of appeal to the Assembly. The President of the Assembly of the Republic does not usually take part in votes cast during the plenary assemblies, but may do so should he/she wish.
To sum up, the President of the Assembly of the Republic is responsible for guaranteeing compliance with the Assembly’s Rules of Procedure and decisions, and for watching over the parliamentary work at different levels.
The President of the Assembly of the Republic is the acting substitute of the President of the Republic in the event of temporary absence, or if the position should become vacant before the next elected President takes over.
The President of the Assembly of the Republic is automatically a member of the Council of State and occupies second place in the Portuguese State Order of Protocol.
An Official Residence is available, adjacent to the São Bento Palace.