The Cabinet

Article 53:
The Cabinet shall determine and direct the political institutions of the Nation, the armed forces, and their administration.

Article 54:
The Cabinet is responsible before the National Assembly according to the conditions and following the procedures established by Articles 78 and 79.

Article 55:
The Prime Minister is the Head of the Cabinet: with this title he shall direct and coordinate governmental action. He shall assure the execution of the laws. With respect to the provisions of Article 46, he shall exercise his ruling power. He is responsible for the execution of the political institutions and the national defense. He may delegate certain powers to the other Ministers. He shall stand in for, if such should be the case, the President of the Republic in the presidency of the Council and of the Committee as defined by Article 44. He shall stand in for the president of the Council of Ministers, by virtue of an express delegation or an order of business.

Article 56:
The actions of the Prime Minister shall be countersigned, if such should be the case, by the Ministers charged with their execution.

Article 57:
Before entering into service, the Prime Minister must deliver to the Supreme Court a written declaration of the Cabinet’s intentions. This declaration shall be the object of an annual announcement. The elements of Article 35 above shall be applicable to the members of the Cabinet.

Article 58:
A member of Cabinet shall not act by any parliamentary mandate, any function of professional representation, at the national or local level, any public endeavor, or any professional or lucrative activity. One comprehensive law shall establish the conditions in which provisions for the replacement of officers of each office, occupation, or position. The replacement of members of Parliament shall be made by the Cabinet with conformity to the provisions of Article 63.