Sarah A. Wescot-Williams

Based on article 57, paragraph 1 of the Constitution and article 6 of the Rules of Order, Parliament appoints a President and Vice Presidents amongst its Members.

As long as such an appointment has not taken place yet, the President or the Vice President as appointed for the preceding period acts as President, if he forms part of the new Parliament. In the absence of such a person, the Member of the new Parliament who, amongst the Members has had the longest Membership in the body, the Member who is oldest in age acts as President, if there is no such person, the Member who is oldest in age acts as President.  Parliament can relieve a sitting President or Vice President prematurely of his duties and appoint another Member as President or Vice President.