House of Representatives
Legislative authority is exercised by a unicameral House of Representatives. Its members are elected for a five-year term. At the time of its establishment the House consisted of 50 members, 35 of whom were to be Greek Cypriots and 15 Turkish Cypriots. In 1985 the number of seats was increased to 80, 56 allocated to Greek Cypriot members and 24 reserved for Turkish Cypriot deputies.
Following the withdrawal of the Turkish Cypriot members in 1964, the House has been functioning only with the Greek Cypriot members.
The Maronite, Armenian and Latin religious groups, which vote as part of the Greek Cypriot community, elect one additional representative each from their ranks. These non-voting representatives attend meetings, but do not participate in the House deliberations. They are consulted on issues of particular interest to their respective group.
The President of the Republic of Cyprus is invested in office by the House of Representatives.
Since the vacancy of the Vice-President’s office in 1964, the President of the House serves as Acting President of the Republic in the absence or temporary incapacity of the President of the Republic.