Parliament of the Islamic Emirate of Acre
The Parliament of the Islamic Emirate of Acre, more commonly referred to as the Akkan Parliament is the legislative body of the Akkan government. It is unicameral, with just one chamber of the same name. Members are elected using a party-list ballot in nationwide elections, with each member allocated a constituency proportional to an area's degree of support for their party. Thirty-seven members currently sit in Parliament, all of whom are elected.
Opposition Parties (19):
Parliament is responsible for enacting and repealing laws. The Shura Council is able to declare a law unconstitutional, though the legislature enjoys parliamentary supremacy, allowing them to nullify the Council's decision through a second vote. By convention, bills are expected to receive the Emir's assent prior to their passing, though this is not legally required.
The Parliament is currently in its second sitting; the Conservative Party, Labor Zionist Party and the Movement for the Homeland form a minority government, with eighteen seats out of a total of thirty-seven.
Acre's Parliament enjoys parliamentary supremacy, according to which it has absolute sovereignty and is superior to the other branches of government. Parliament is capable of overruling decisions made by the Emir, the Shura Council, or inferior legislatures, and can change and repeal any prior legislation passed by earlier sessions of Parliament. In effect, this means it is not bound by constitutional law. The Shura Council is able to declare a law unconstitutional, mandating a second reading by Parliament; if they again pass the bill, any conflicting earlier acts of Parliament are declared to be unconstitutional, and rendered null and void.
In practice, not unlike other legislatures which enjoy parliamentary supremacy, Acre's Parliament constraints itself according to the particular dynamics of the day. The assent of the Emir is traditionally sought before passing a law, and a ruling by the Shura Council is usually granted significant weight by legislators. Parliament's power often ebbs and flows based on its partisan makeup, the Emir's interest in exerting his will at any given time, and the level of support for each institution from the general public. In this way, the Emir and the Shura Council are often able to utilise soft power despite Parliament's supremacy.
Fixed terms do not exist in Acre, and Parliament is free to dissolve itself whenever it wishes to. As a matter of convention, national elections are held twice a year, though their precise dates can vary; elections can be more common if a government loses a vote of no confidence.
Seven parties are currently represented in Parliament.
|Party Name||Logo||Leader||Ideologies||Confession||Position||Seats in Parliament|
|Conservative Party||Israeli||Centre-Right to Right|
|Liberal Union||Non-confessional||Centre-Left to Centre-Right|
|People's Democratic Union||Arab||Left|
|Labor Zionist Party||Israeli||Centre-Left to Left|
|Movement for the Homeland||Israeli (Russian-speaking)||Right|
|Peace & Equality Party||Arab (Minorities)||Centre-Left to Centre-Right|
Composition and Seats
Parliament is composed of thirty-seven seats, and has been since its creation. There is no law binding the number of seats in Parliament, which can be increased or reduced through a normal vote. Acre uses a form of party-list proportional representation. Voters cast their ballot for a political party, with seats then allocated to parties proportionally, who choose candidates to fill their allocated seats. This form of party-list proportional representation is also used in Albania, Argentina and Israel. Additionally, members of Parliament are allocated a constituency proportional to an area's degree of support for their party.
Unlike countries such as Greece, there is no minimum vote share legally required to enter parliament, though with the current thirty-seven-seat makeup, a minimum vote share of 2.7% is needed.