President of Carloso
|President of the Executive Council of the Federal Republic of Carloso|
|Department of the President|
|Status||Head of government|
Ex officio head of state
|Member of||Executive Council|
|Term length||5 years maximum per term, but can hold an unlimited number of terms while commanding the confidence of the majority of Parliament.|
The President of the Executive Council of the Federal Republic of Carloso, commonly referred to simply as the President of Carloso is the prime minister, head of the Executive Council of Carloso and commander-in-chief of the Carlosian Armed Forces. Carloso differs from the vast majority of other countries that have the Westminister system of government in that it does not have a separate head of state. Instead, the President of Carloso serves ex officio as head of state, as well as being head of government. In addition, the constitutional powers allocated to the President can be considered to be much more generous when they're compared to other countries that have prime ministers. The President can appoint and dismiss ministers at will, without the approval of Parliament, though a minister may still be dismissed by a popular motion of no confidence. The President of Carloso is similar to the position of prime minister in that they are still a Member of Parliament during their term and are ultimately answerable to the legislature.
When the new parliamentary term begins at 12:00 noon on 11 February after a general election, the Members of Parliament's first order of business is to elect the Head of Parliament, who acts as speaker. Following this, a ballot is held to elect the President and Deputy President. The President who served in the previous parliamentary term may nominate themselves to be re-elected; presuming they held onto their seat at the election, or else they must be nominated by two other Members of Parliament. The candidates for President and Deputy President are put forward together and are voted on secretly by Members of Parliament in order of preference in a room adjacent to the main chamber of Parliament. Nominees with the lowest number of votes at the end of each count are eliminated and their votes are redistributed. In the end, the pair that attain more than 50% of the votes first are declared to be elected President and Deputy President respectively by the Head of Parliament. The President then swears allegiance to God and the Carlosian constitution and will then usually announce his appointments to the Executive Council.
The President then serves for the entirety of the parliamentary term, unless a successful motion of no confidence is passed against them. In this scenario, the President is removed from office and their Deputy President automatically becomes President. They must then immediately nominate their own Deputy President, who will be voted on.
In the case of the death or incapacity (decided by a joint sitting of the High Court and Supreme Court) of the President, the Deputy President is also automatically elected as President and will serve the remainder of the parliamentary term. To ensure the continuity of government in the event of a disaster, if the sitting Deputy President also dies, the role is passed down the chain of command per the Contingency (Continuation of Government) Act 1959.