Leadership of the Senate
The leadership of the Senate is an elective body consisting of the chairman and his/her deputies who are
elected at the first plenary session of the upper chamber which is held no later than one month from the formation
of the Senate. Election of the Chairperson of the upper chamber
and his/her deputies is the first item on the agenda of the first
plenary session of a newly formed Senate.
Election of the Senate leadership happens in three stages:
candidates for Senate chairperson and his/her deputies (vicechairperson)
are nominated by the President of the Republic of
Uzbekistan from among senators. One of the Senate chairperson’s
deputies is elected from among senators representing the Republic
of Karakalpakstan. Accordingly, one of the Senate chairperson’s
deputies represents the Republic of Karakalpakstan which is part
of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The number of deputies the Senate’s chairperson has is
decided during the first session; today two senators act as the
Senate chairman’s deputies. The procedure of electing the Senate
leadership includes secret voting of candidates nominated by the
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan as a result of which the chairperson of the upper chamber and his/her
deputies are elected by simple majority of votes (i.e. More than half of votes of total number of senators). The
outcome of the leader’s election is fixed by a special Senate resolution signed by the chair presiding over the
first Senate plenary session who is usually the chairman of the Central Election Committee of the Republic of
The chairperson of the upper chamber and his/her deputies are elected for the legislative term of the
Chamber i.e. for 5 years. During their term in office they suspend membership in political parties and movements
and can not be elected to Senate committees.
The Senate chairperson issues instructions. In case of his/her absence or inability to perform his/her duties
functions of the Chairperson are performed by his/her deputies.
The Senate chairperson may be dismissed by a decision of a qualified majority of senators (i.e. more than two third of votes of total number of senators), and of his/her deputies - by simple majority of the upper chamber.
Such a decision may be made through secret voting. The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan or one third of the total number of senators has the right to initiate a motion to dismiss the Senate chairperson and his/her deputies.
• calling of sessions of the Senate, its Kengash, and presiding over