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President’s speech - What’s it for under the Constitution?

Members of both Houses have their positions – and they will not change them because of a speech, particularly from a lame duck President.

In Summary

• The State of the Nation address idea is inspired by the American President’s annual speech usually called the State of the Union address.

• In fact, these provisions were in the various constitution drafts, not having changed since the Bomas draft in 2004. 

What is the point of what tends to be called the State of the Nation address?

Is it a form of accountability to Parliament? Or to the people? Is ii intended to build relationships with ...