The Business of the Government

Article 1
A Government Chancery shall exist for the preparation of Government business.  This Chancery shall comprise ministries for different fields of activity.  The Government distributes business between the ministries.  The Prime Minister appoints the heads of the respective ministries from among the Ministers.
Article 2
In the preparation of Government business the necessary information and opinions shall be obtained from the authorities concerned.  Associations and private individuals shall be given an opportunity to express their views where necessary.
Article 3
Decisions concerning Government business shall be taken at Cabinet meetings.  Government business relating to the implementation of statutory instruments or special Government decisions within the armed forces may however be approved by the head of the ministry responsible for such matters, under the supervision of the Prime Minister and to the extent laid down in law.
Article 4
The Prime Minister shall summon the other Ministers to attend Cabinet meetings and shall preside at such meetings.  At least five Ministers shall be present at a Cabinet meeting.
Article 5
At Cabinet meetings the head of a ministry presents business falling within the purview of his ministry.  The Prime Minister may, however, order an item or group of items belonging to a particular ministry to be presented by a Minister other than the head of the ministry concerned.
Article 6
Minutes shall be kept of Cabinet meetings.  Dissenting opinions are to be recorded in the minutes.
Article 7
Laws and other statutes, Bills for submission to the Parliament, and any other despatches of Cabinet decisions must be signed by the Prime Minister or another Minister on behalf of the Government in order to be valid.  The Government may, however, decree that in particular cases an official may sign a Government despatch.
Article 8
The Prime Minister may nominate one of the other Ministers to deputize for him in the event that he is unavoidably prevented from carrying out his duties himself.  If a deputy has not been nominated by the Prime Minister, or if the deputy is also prevented from carrying out the duties of Prime Minister, these duties shall be assumed by that Minister among those in office who has been a member of the Government longest.  Where two or more Ministers have been members of the Government for the same length of time the oldest shall have precedence.