CHAPTER XI National Security Council Article 95
There shall be a National Security Council presided over by the President of the Republic and composed of the presidents of the Senate and of the Supreme Court, of the Commanders-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and of the General, Director of the Armed Police.
Ministers of the Interior, Foreign Relations, National Defense, Economy and Finance shall also participate as members of the Council, but without the right to vote. The Chief of the General Staff of National Defense shall act as Secretary.
The National Security Council may be convoked by the President of the Republic or on request of two of its Members and it shall require a quorum of an absolute majority of its Members in order to hold sessions. To the effects of convoking the Council and of the quorum for holding sessions, only its Members with the right to vote shall be considered.Article 96
- The functions of the National Security Council shall be:
- To advise the President of the Republic on any matter linked to the National Security when he should so request;
- To express to any authority established by the Constitution, its opinion regarding any fact, action or matter which in its judgement gravely attempts against the foundations of institutionality or which might affect the national security;
- To report previously on matters referred to in No 13 of Article 60;
- To seek from authorities and officials of the Administration all the background information related to the external and internal security of the State. In such case, the person to whom the request has been made, is obliged to furnish them, and his refusal shall be punished in the manner established by law; and
- To exercise the other powers entrusted thereto, by this Constitution,
- The agreements or opinions referred to in letter (b) may be public or reserved, as determined by the Council in each particular case.
- A regulation issued by the Council itself shall state the other provisions concerning its organization and functioning.