) Legislature: Bicameral. Senate (upper house) has the power to delay legislation passed by a lower house and to veto proposed constitutional amendments. National Assembly (lower house) can pass legislation and force government to resign by passing a certain motion. Judiciary: A system of administrative, criminal and civil courts. At the top, a nine-member independent constitutional council named for nonrenewable nine-year terms; President of republic names three members, President of each house of parliament names three. The constitutional council exercises right of judicial review. Party system: Multiparty. The Chancellor is the strongman in the German System. His election to the post is through a difficult process, but once he is there, the Chancellor cannot be dismissed by a vote of no confidence. This is the essential difference between the French and German system of governments. But the Chancellor is elected upon the proposal of the President. After the national elections, the newly elected members of the Bundestag elect the Chancellor by a majority vote. Not on the basis of the majority of the members present, but a majority of all elected members needs to be achieved. In six decades, Germany had only 8 Chancellors, which indicates the stability of this procedure of election.
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