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Status of members of the Council of the Republic

Members of the Council of the Republic exercise their mandate in the Parliament either on a full-time basis (7 members: Chairperson, his/her deputy and chairpersons of the Standing Committees) or concurrently with their permanent office. During exercise of their mandate members of the Council of the Republic are relieved of their duties at the place of their permanent office.

The President of the Republic of Belarus, deputies of the House of Represen­tatives and working judges may not be members of the Council of the Republic.

Members of the Council of the Republic enjoy parliamentary immunity when making statements or exercising their mandate except for cases when their statements are slanderous or insulting. During the whole term of their office members of the Council of the Republic may be arrested or otherwise deprived of their personal liberty only upon a prior consent of their chamber, except for cases when they commit high treason or other grave crime, or if they are caught flagrante delicto.

A criminal case in relation to a member of the Council of the Republic may be initiated only by the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus and considered by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus.

Members of the Council of the Republic have the right to a deciding vote on all the issues considered in the chamber. They also have the right to elect and to be elected to the bodies of the chambers of the National Assembly, move proposals for subject items to be considered by the chambers of the Parliament, put forward proposals and remarks concerning the agenda of the session, the procedure of consideration of items under discussion and their essence, submit proposals and express ideas on the personal composition of the bodies, formed by the chambers of the Parliament and candidatures of the officials to be elected, appointed or approved by the chambers of the Parliament. They have the right to participate in the debate, carry out inquiries, ask questions, issue references, bring their viewpoints and those of their voters to the notice of the MPs, fulfill other functions envisaged by the Constitution and regulations of the chambers of the National Assembly.

While deputies of the House of Representatives have the right to a legislative initia­tive, members of the Council of the Republic do not possess this right, but pursuant to the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus the power of legislative initiative belongs to the Council of the Republic as a whole.

To make the best of their performance members of the Council of the Republic have the right to place their queries with the Prime Minister of the country, members of Government and heads of administrative bodies established or elected by the Parliament. A response to such queries is to be given within 20 session days.

 

Territorial representation
Mogilev region
Mogilev region - the most eastern region of Belarus - is bordered by the Russian Federation. The length of the region from north to south - 150 km, and from east to west over 300 km. Floor area of 29.1 thousand sq. m. km.
Brest region
Brest is one of the six regions of the Republic of Belarus. Located in the southwest of the state and covers an area of 32.7 thousand sq. Km. Population - 1,388,000. Man in Brest is home to about 300 thousand people.
Vitebsk region
Vitebsk region - one of the most picturesque corners of Europe. Beauty, unique fauna and flora, according to the riches of protected places hard to find her equal. The centuries-old coniferous forests occupy 60% of the total forested area. The highest forest cover different Rosson, Polotsk, Lepel, Dokšycy, Gorodokski areas.
Grodno region
The regional center - Grodno (population 309 thousand. People). The region consists of 17 districts, 194 rural councils, 12 towns including 6 of regional subordination, 21 urban-type settlement. It is home to 11.7% of the population.
The region was formed September 20, 1944. Covers an area of ​​25.1 thousand. Km., The population of 1 million. 184 thousand. Man.
The distance from west to east - 213 km from north to south - 247 km. The surface area of ​​mostly flat, in the central part of the Neman is nisin. There Marin hill - Grodno, Volkovysk, Slonim, Novogrudok and Oshmyany.
Gomel region
Gomel region is located in the south-east of Belarus and borders on the Bryansk region of Russia, as well as Kiev, Chernigov and Zhitomir regions of Ukraine.
Land area - 40.4 thousand sq. M. kilometers, accounting for one-fifth of the country. The region consists of 21 districts and 4 districts in Gomel, 17 cities, 18 urban villages, and 2608 villages.
Minsk
Minsk - a city with almost a thousand years of history, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Belarus, the site of the official residence of interstate bodies of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Minsk is divided into nine urban areas. The city has its own charter, emblem and anthem.
Minsk region
Minsk region - Central, the largest region in the territory of the Republic of Belarus, bordered with all areas of the country. Area - 39.9 thousand sq. Km, the largest length from north to south - 315 km, from east to west - 240 km. Footprint (with Minsk) is 19.4% of the area of Belarus.
Appointed by Presidential Decree
Appointed by Presidential Decree

Brest Vitebsk Gomel Grodno Minsk Mogilev

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