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F Separation of Powers: the Sphere and Authority of Each One of the Three Powers of the State

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The Constitution of Cyprus is founded on the principle of separation of powers. The sphere, competence and jurisdiction of each one of the three powers of the State and matters incidental thereto are earmarked in separate Parts of the Constitution. Article 61 assigns the legislative power of the Republic in all matters to the House of Representatives. The Constitution entrusts the manning (appointment, promotion, transfer and discipline) of the public service to an independent body, the Public Service Commission (Article 122). The classification of powers for the purpose of ascertaining the respective domain of each of the three powers has been a subject repeatedly addressed by the Supreme Court. The interpretation of law is the exclusive province of the Judiciary.

Keywords: Cyprus; House of Representatives; Judiciary; Public Service Commission; separation of powers; Supreme Court



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