The National Council (Esperanto: Nacia Konsilantaro) is one of the two houses in the bicameral National Assemby of Bijan. It is frequently referred to as The Council (La Konsilantaro). The other house is the Chamber of Deputies.
The composition and functions of the Council are established in Chapter 6, Part 4 of the Constitution of Bijan. The major power of the Council is to evaluate and revise legislation approved by the Chamber of Deputies. The Council may not initiate legislation; that power is solely reserved for the Chamber of Deputies, but bills must be passed by both Chambers and approved by the President before becoming law.
The Council is not directly elected like its counterpart the Chamber of Deputies. Its 40 members are chosen by various methods. Its members, called Councilors (Konsilantoj), serve four-year terms, though the President has the power to dissolve the Council and call early elections.
Membership, qualifications and selection
Comparison to the Chamber of Deputies
Salary and benefits
Last formation results and current party standings
List of Councils
|1st||Apr 1949||26 Apr 1949||26 Apr 1949||06 Feb 1953||10 Mar 1953||1,414 days||Norvo Desi (BNP)|
|2nd||Feb 1953||10 Mar 1953||17 Mar 1953||Norvo Desi (BNP)|