Senate of Venezuela

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The Senate of Venezuela was the upper house of Venezuela's legislature under its 1961 constitution. Under the 1999 constitution, the bicameral system was replaced by the unicameral National Assembly of Venezuela. However, since 1999 the former chamber of senators has been used by the National Assembly for solemn meetings and other special functions.

In Venezuela, lifetime Senate seats existed from 1961 to 1999. The former Presidents who held this position were: Rómulo Betancourt (1964-1981), Raúl Leoni (1969-1972), Rafael Caldera (1974-1994, 1999), Carlos Andrés Pérez (1979-1989, 1994-1996), Luis Herrera Campins (1984-1999) and Jaime Lusinchi (1989-1999).

At the Senate's last election in 1998, it had 54 elected members (48 elected two per state plus 6 additional to get a more proportional result) and 3 lifetime senators.

Presidents of the Senate[edit]

Primary sources:[1][2]

President Tenure Party
Carlos R. Travieso 1958-1959
Raúl Leoni 1959-1962 Acción Democrática
Luis Beltrán Prieto Figueroa 1962-1965 Acción Democrática
Luis Augusto Dubuc 1965-1968 Acción Democrática
Armando Vegas 1968-1969 COPEI
José Antonio Pérez Díaz 1969-1974 COPEI
Gonzalo Barrios 1974-1979 Acción Democrática
Godofredo González 1979-1984 COPEI
Reinaldo Leandro Mora 1984-1989 Acción Democrática
Octavio Lepage 1989-1990 Acción Democrática
David Morales Bello 1990-1991 Acción Democrática
Pedro París Montesinos 1991-1993 Acción Democrática
Octavio Lepage 1993-1994 Acción Democrática
Eduardo Gómez Tamayo[3] 1994-1996 Movimiento al Socialismo
Cristóbal Fernández Daló[4] 1996-1998 Movimiento al Socialismo
Pedro Pablo Aguilar[5] 1998-1999 COPEI
Luis Alfonso Dávila 1999 Movimiento V República

References[edit]

  1. ^ Venezuela (1983). "25 Años de legislación democrática".
  2. ^ Sereno, Herminia Cristina Méndez (January 1997). "5 siglos de historia de Venezuela: Desde 1492 hasta 1996 : Guía para estudiantes".
  3. ^ "Bulletin of the Inter-parliamentary Union". 1994.
  4. ^ "Bulletin of the Inter-parliamentary Union". 1995.
  5. ^ "Bulletin of the Inter-parliamentary Union". 1998.

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