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The Constitutional proposals drafted by the Joint Opposition to abolish the Executive Presidency within a 100-day timeframe, envisages the formation of a Parliamentary Affairs Committee to manage the business of Parliament, political sources revealed.

This Committee will replace the present system of control of Parliament by the Cabinet.

Other than the Leader of the House, other representative of the Committee cannot be members of the Cabinet, according to the draft proposals, the sources said.

The document titled "Moving away from the adversarial system", says that in a consensus-oriented political system, the Parliament becomes the primary organ.

The Westminster Model is to be replaced by the Bundestag model - from a speaking Parliament to a working Parliament. All bills are to be considered by the Oversight Committees before the Second Reading, it has been further proposed.

The Annual Legislative Programme approved by Parliament is to be basis of determining the business of Parliament. The ratio for allocation of Parliament days between the Government and the Opposition will be -Government 6: Opposition 1: Private Members 1, which adds up to eight days, according to the proposals.

In addition, the Committees will be allocated four days, which means Parliament will sit for 12 days per month in comparison to eight days at present.

Under the sub title "Powers of Parliament", the proposals recommend:


* Legislative Power and Control of Finance.


* Exercise of Judicial powers through Courts.


* Control and Oversight of Executive.

All Members of Parliament, other than the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker will either be Ministers and Deputy Ministers exercising control over the government or Members of Oversight Committees exercising supervision over government and finances.

The Cabinet of Ministers will be collectively responsible to the House. The Oversight Committees will report to Parliament. The Ministers and the Chairmen of the Oversight Committees will be important in the exercise of executive power, the document says.