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Government of Wales Act 2006

Ministers, staff, etc

Section 46: The First Minister

221.This section provides for the First Minister to be appointed by Her Majesty. Section 47 deals with how the First Minister is chosen. The First Minister may tender resignation to Her Majesty at any time and ceases to hold office when the resignation is accepted. The First Minister would also cease to hold office on the appointment of another person as First Minister.

222.If the office of the First Minister is vacant (for example through resignation or death of the First Minister) or if the First Minister has ceased to be a Member of the Assembly or is for any reason unable to act, the functions of First Minister will be exercisable by a member of the Assembly designated for that purpose by the Presiding Officer. Except where the Assembly has been dissolved or where for any other reason all ministerial posts are vacant (e.g. because all the Welsh Ministers have resigned), the Presiding Officer must designate such a person on the recommendation of the Welsh Ministers. A person so designated as “acting” First Minister will be capable of continuing to exercise the functions of the First Minister even if the Assembly is subsequently dissolved.

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