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The President, who has unusually wide executive powers, is elected by direct popular vote for a 7 year term.

Legislative power is held by a bicameral parliament: the 577 member National Assembly, elected for a 5 year term, and the 321 member Senate. Senators are elected for 9 years with one third of the seats coming up for re-election every 3 years.
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