Federal Government

Article 62  Composition
The Government consists of the Chancellor and the Ministers.
 
Article 63  Election of Chancellor
(1) The Chancellor is elected, without debate, by the House of Representatives upon the proposal of the President.
(2) The person obtaining the votes of the majority of the members of the House of Representatives is elected. The person elected is appointed by the President.
(3) Where the person proposed is not elected, the House of Representatives may elect within fourteen days of the ballot a Chancellor by more than one half of its members.
(4) Where no candidate has been elected within this period, a new ballot takes place without delay in which the person obtaining the largest number of votes is elected. Where the person elected has obtained the votes of the majority of the members of the House of Representatives , the President appoints him within seven days of the election. Where the person elected did not obtain such a majority, the President, within seven days, either appoints him or dissolves the House of Representatives .
 
Article 64  Appointment of Ministers
(1) The Ministers are appointed and dismissed by the President upon the proposal of the Chancellor.
(2) The Chancellor and the Ministers, on assuming office, take before the House of Representatives the oath provided for in Article 56.
 
Article 65  Governmental Powers
The Chancellor determines and is responsible for the general policy guidelines. Within the limits set by these guidelines, each Minister conducts the affairs of his department independently and on his own responsibility. The Government decides on differences of opinion between Ministers. The Chancellor conducts the affairs of the Government in accordance with rules of procedure adopted by it and approved by the President.
 
Article 65 A [Command Over Armed Forces]
Power of command in respect of the Armed Forces is be vested in the Minister of Defense.
 
Article 66  Incompatibilities
The Chancellor and the Ministers may not hold any other salaried office, nor engage in an occupation, nor belong to the management or, without the consent of the House of Representatives , to the board of directors of an enterprise carried on for profit.
 
Article 67  Lack of Confidence
(1) The House of Representatives can express its lack of confidence in the Chancellor only by electing a successor with the majority of its members and by requesting the President to dismiss the Chancellor. The President complies with the request and appoints the person elected.
(2) Fortyeight hours must elapse between the motion and the election.
 
Article 68  Dissolution of Parliament
(1) Where a motion of the Chancellor for a vote of confidence is not carried by the majority of the members of the House of Representatives , the President may, upon the proposal of the Chancellor, dissolve the House of Representatives within twentyone days. The right of dissolution lapses as soon as the House of Representatives elects another Chancellor with the majority of its members.
(2) Fortyeight hours must elapse between the motion and the vote thereon.
 
Article 69  Members of Government
(1) The Chancellor appoints a Minister as his deputy.
(2) The tenure of office of the Chancellor or a Minister end in any event on the assembly of a new House of Representatives ; the tenure of office of a Minister also end on any other termination of the Chancellor's tenure of office.
(3) At the request of the President, the Chancellor or at the request of the Chancellor or of the President, a Minister - is bound to continue managing the affairs of his office until the appointment of a successor.