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Section 7.2. Section 7.2. The First Minister will be elected by Parliament from its Members, by open ballot and a simple majority vote.
Dualistic parliamentary system and election changes
Section 7.2. The First Minister will be elected by Parliament by secret ballot from among persons eligible for Parliament, as provided in sections 7.2A., 7.2B and 7.2C.
A First Minister elected from the Members of Parliament must vacate his or her Parliamentary seat upon being elected First Minister.
Section 7.2. This amendment facilitates a more detailed procedure to elect the First Minister (comparable in length and detail to the equivalent procedures in Germany and Estonia) - described by the new sections 7.2A., 7.2B and 7.2C, proposed in the other comments - and also provides that the First Minister cannot serve as an MSP simultaneously, similarly to Scandinavian and Benelux practice, to ensure separation of powers between the legislature and executive.
Section 7.2. New Section 7.2A:
7.2A. The Head of State will nominate a First Minister-designate, after consulting representatives of the Parties having seats in Parliament, to ensure the nominee is supported by an absolute majority in Parliament. Once nominated, Parliament decides whether or not the First Minister-designate will be elected by absolute majority vote.
If the First Minister-designate nominated by the Head of State fails to be elected, the right to nominate the First Minister passes to Parliament.
Section 7.2. New Section 7.2B:
7.2B. Once the right to nominate the First Minister passes to Parliament, any group of 5 members or more may propose a candidate for First Minister. The First Minister will be elected by absolute majority vote. If no First Minister is elected within fourteen days after the passing to Parliament of the right to nominate the First Minister, a plurality of the votes cast will suffice for election subsequently.
Section 7.2. New Section 7.2C:
7.2C. If a First Minister is elected by less than an absolute majority vote, his or her election must be confirmed by the Head of State, after consulting representatives of the Parties having seats in Parliament, to ensure the First Minister is supported by an absolute majority in Parliament.
If the Head of State does not confirm the election, or fails to confirm it in time, Parliament will be considered dissolved.