Archiv: parliaments (legislative branch)


28.08.2021 - 16:08 [ France24 ]

Peruvian congress approves president’s cabinet after lengthy debate

Peru’s under fire leftist President Pedro Castillo staved off a political crisis on Friday as the right-wing dominated congress approved his first cabinet.

In a bitter debate that began on Thursday, the cabinet headed by Guido Bellido was approved by 73 votes to 50 against.

08.08.2021 - 10:48 [ France24 ]

Tunisia ’state of exception‘ hits halfway with no govt in sight

Halfway into Tunisia’s 30-day „state of exception“ announced by President Kais Saied last month, he has yet to lay out a road map or appoint a government.

04.08.2021 - 18:20 [ Xinhuanet ]

Malaysian PM to seek confidence vote in parliament

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Wednesday that he will seek a confidence vote in September to decide if he commands majority support among members of the country’s lower house of parliament.

Muhyiddin said in a televised speech that he still held the support of a majority of members of parliament (MPs) and had informed the country’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

28.07.2021 - 16:23 [ Xinhuanet ]

3rd political group quits Oct. parliamentary elections in Iraq

Iraq is scheduled to hold early elections on Oct. 10, in response to the anti-government protests against corruption and lack of public services. The previous parliamentary elections in Iraq were held on May 12, 2018, and the next elections were originally scheduled to take place in 2022.

26.07.2021 - 19:42 [ France24 ]

Lebanese billionaire Najib Mikati picked as new PM-designate

France’s plan includes a government of specialists capable of initiating enough reforms to attract foreign aid.

Mikati, who has been prime minister twice before and unlike many Lebanese leaders does not hail from a political bloc or dynasty, received 72 votes out of a total of 118 members of parliament.

26.07.2021 - 15:25 [ France24 ]

Clashes erupt outside parliament after Tunisian president ousts PM, suspends legislature

Saied sacked Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and ordered parliament closed for 30 days, a move the biggest political party Ennahdha decried as a „coup“

02.05.2021 - 17:00 [ UN News ]

UN chief welcomes return to electoral agreement in Somalia

The “Special Law on Federal Elections” was adopted by the Lower House in April, allowing for the extension of term of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed for a period of two years, after the term officially ended in February.

02.05.2021 - 16:48 [ France24 ]

Somalia’s parliament unanimously votes to cancel presidential extension

Somali lawmakers voted unanimously on Saturday to cancel a two-year presidential term extension they had approved last month, after clashes in the capital Mogadishu between factions of the security forces, which are divided over the issue.

21.04.2021 - 11:55 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Netanyahu defeated in bid to control critical Knesset committee

(19.04.2021)

The Arrangements Committee is the first parliamentary committee to be formed after an election and controls the legislative agenda in the new parliament until the formation of a new government including determining what other parliamentary committees will be formed and their composition.
Likud’s bid to head the committee was foiled by the Islamist Ra’am party which voted against the motion and threw its support behind Yesh Atid.

12.04.2021 - 23:38 [ Voice of America ]

Somali Lower House of Parliament Extends President’s Term for Two Years

Somali politics were thrown into a state of confusion Monday as the two houses of parliament clashed on the status of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. The lower house of parliament voted to extend the term of the president and his government by two years, while the upper house said the move was unconstitutional.

12.04.2021 - 15:10 [ Reuters ]

Mogadishu police chief suspends Somali parliament, gets fired moments later

Mogadishu’s police chief announced he had suspended parliament on Monday, saying he was acting unilaterally to prevent lawmakers from extending the president’s term, only to be fired moments later by the police commissioner.

05.04.2021 - 15:14 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Covid passports are authoritarian, illogical, vile

The Covid passport is a revolting idea. Authoritarian. Discriminatory. Un-British. The PM will give us more details in a press conference today but it’s a mark of how far lockdown has warped our values that it’s already being hailed as a “freedom pass”. The public is all for it, of course: these are the people who call the cops when they see a queue outside a church. We’ve become so used to control that being permitted to do something that in ordinary times would be quite normal, like go to the theatre or attend a football match, is treated as a benign act of mercy by an all-loving state.

05.04.2021 - 15:10 [ Graham Brady / Telegraph.co.uk ]

Vaccine passports show the state is reaching too far into our lives

There are, though, some people who can’t take the vaccine or, like pregnant women, are advised against it.

Banning these people from concerts and football matches would be divisive and discriminatory. As we plan for the peace, we should be vigilant in defence of liberty, where the state has reached too far into our lives, we should kick it out. No government in future should have the power to tell you whether you can see your children or grandchildren, nor should it be able to force you to publish your medical records as a condition for living a normal life.

05.04.2021 - 15:07 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris ‚wants vaccine passports up and running by JUNE 21‘ but could fail to get legislation past Parliament as he ‚promises Tory rebels they WILL get a vote‘ and Labour says scheme is like using ‚a sledgehammer to crack a nut‘

Boris Johnson wants domestic Covid passports in place by June 21 – but faces the prospect of an embarrassing Commons defeat after promising Tory rebels a vote on their introduction.

Michael Gove is said to have made the offer to furious backbenchers appalled at the idea of forcing Britons to prove their vaccination status to enter pubs and other social hubs.

Boris Johnson wants the scheme to be up and running for June 21, when the last social distancing measures are expected to be swept away.

05.04.2021 - 10:40 [ France24 ]

Vietnam’s pandemic response leader sworn in as president

Phuc was the only candidate nominated for president, as Trong — who had held the presidency since 2018 after the sudden death of his predecessor — stepped down.

04.04.2021 - 12:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Boris Johnson to give go-ahead for trials of Covid passports

News of the trial events comes as senior Tories among a cross-party group have declared they will oppose the use of vaccine certificates, with 72 MPs signing a pledge to oppose the “divisive and discriminatory” scheme. Some have described their use as the creation of “checkpoint Britain”. A government scientific adviser has also warned that they could give people a false sense of security.

The size of the rebellion could create problems for the government, should it conclude that legislation is needed to introduce Covid passports

03.04.2021 - 16:19 [ huck / Twitter ]

the crowd here in london is slowly making its way towards buckingham palace and then on to parliament.

people here are loud and energised, chanting “kill the bill”

02.04.2021 - 11:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

FORTY rebel Tories including six ex-Cabinet ministers join forces with opposition MPs in bid to block ‚divisive and discriminatory‘ vaccine passports

– Unlikely alliance condemned vaccine passports as ‚divisive and discriminatory‘
– Members of coalition were organised by the pressure group Big Brother Watch
– Signed a pledge to oppose the idea if it is brought forward by ministers
– Signatories include Jeremy Corbyn, Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Esther McVey

01.04.2021 - 16:07 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

‚Behaving like a monarch‘: Emmanuel Macron under fire over lockdown U-turn as MPs boycott vote

Emmanuel Macron came under heavy fire on Thursday over his lockdown U-turn as opposition groups pledged to boycott a parliamentary vote on tougher restrictions saying they would not rubber-stamp the whims of “a monarch”.

14.02.2021 - 23:23 [ Radio Prague ]

Government declares new state of emergency

Although the lower house refused to extend the state of emergency it in a vote on Thursday, the government acted in response to a request from the governors of the country’s 14 regions who argued that a state of danger would not give them adequate powers to enforce the necessary restrictions needed to keep the coronavirus epidemic in check.

30.11.2020 - 18:48 [ France24 ]

French parliament drops draft law curtailing right to film police

The French parliament has dropped a controversial bill that would have curbed the right to film police officers in action, the speaker of parliament and leader of President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party announced on Monday.

18.11.2020 - 17:22 [ ABC News ]

Berlin police forcefully disperse protest over virus rules

German police fired water cannons at demonstrators protesting coronavirus restrictions after saying the crowd ignored warnings to wear masks and to keep their distance from one another

18.11.2020 - 17:20 [ BBC ]

Berlin Covid protest broken up near Brandenburg Gate

Police have used water cannon to break up a protest by thousands of people in the centre of Berlin against changes to the law on coronavirus measures.

Berlin authorities said protesters had ignored requests to wear masks.

24.10.2020 - 13:06 [ France24 ]

Egypt starts voting in first stage of parliament elections

Egyptians voted Saturday in a parliamentary election in which there was little doubt of a sweeping victory for supporters of hardline President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

23.10.2020 - 13:40 [ Xinhuanet ]

Acting Kyrgyz president signs law to postpone parliamentary elections

The date of conducting parliamentary elections will be set after the constitutional reform in accordance with the law, but no later than June 1, 2021.

23.10.2020 - 03:04 [ Xinhuanet ]

Acting Kyrgyz president signs law to postpone parliamentary elections

Acting President and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov on Thursday signed a constitutional law to postpone the date of repeat parliamentary elections, his press service reported.

15.09.2020 - 19:30 [ teleSUR ]

AMLO Will Seek a Referendum To Prosecute Former Presidents

Since August, activists from different political parties have been asking people to sign a petition to demand that former presidents Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Felipe Calderón, and Enrique Peña Nieto be judge over corruption charges.

19.08.2020 - 21:12 [ The International News ]

Govt decides to summon joint sitting of parliament tomorrow

The government has decided to summon joint sitting of the Parliament tomorrow (Thursday) evening. The session is expected to continue for one day and it would be prorogued after address of the president. With this third parliamentary years of the National Assembly will also be commenced on the same day.

14.08.2020 - 01:55 [ Al Jazeera ]

Lebanon parliament approves sweeping powers for the army

The state of emergency allows the army to curb free speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of the press, as well as to enter homes and arrest anyone deemed a security threat.

18.07.2020 - 04:22 [ NCA ]

Federal parliament sitting canned as Victoria and NSW battle coronavirus outbreaks

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the August 4 sitting would not go ahead following advice from the acting Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Professor Paul Kelly.

10.07.2020 - 01:13 [ Keep Talking Greece ]

Police fires tear-gas at protesters against bill to curtail public gatherings rights

With 187 votes, Greek MPs put the nails on the coffin of Democracy in the country.

PS How many protesters were injured by police and suffered from tear-gas, we will probably never learn.

02.07.2020 - 23:06 [ Reuters ]

Thousands of Greeks protest against bill to regulate demonstrations

Thousands of Greek protesters rallied in central Athens on Thursday against government plans to regulate frequent street demonstrations which often cause disruption in the city.

11.06.2020 - 01:26 [ Al Jazeera ]

Ethiopian parliament allows PM Abiy to stay in office beyond term

The vote on Wednesday – 114 in favour, four against and one abstention – came two days after a leading opposition politician resigned as speaker in an apparent protest against the decision to delay the election.

14.05.2020 - 02:00 [ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ]

Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down Tony Evers‘ stay-at-home order that closed businesses, schools to limit spread of coronavirus

Without legislative review, “an unelected official could create law applicable to all people during the course of COVID-19 and subject people to imprisonment when they disobeyed her order,” the majority wrote.

07.05.2020 - 04:10 [ The National ]

Iraqi Parliament confirms Mustafa Al Kadhimi as new Prime Minister

The Iraqi Parliament voted on Wednesday night to approve the government of Mustafa Al Kadhimi, ending weeks of political deadlock.

More than 250 members attended the session in Baghdad and passed 15 ministers while rejecting five – those for trade, justice, culture, agriculture and migration.

30.04.2020 - 03:29 [ CNN ]

UK House of Lords cuts livestream after accidentally broadcasting personal phone numbers

The House of Lords began conducting limited virtual proceedings last week using the Microsoft Teams system to enable video conferencing.

17.04.2020 - 16:36 [ National Governors Association ]

Governors‘ Powers & Authority

– Legislative—including budget and veto—authority

17.04.2020 - 16:31 [ the Hill ]

Pennsylvania State Senate votes to override governor’s stay-at-home order

Wolf has not said whether he will sign the measure but has said he will consider it.

16.04.2020 - 10:08 [ LA Times ]

Democracy beats the coronavirus in South Korea as voters turn out in record numbers

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic puts civic life on hold in many countries around the world, South Koreans turned out in record numbers to vote in their country’s parliamentary elections Wednesday, setting aside fears of the coronavirus in a democratic show of force.

16.04.2020 - 05:13 [ teleSUR ]

Netanyahu and Gantz Fail Again: No Unity Gov’t in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz failed to reach a deal after they met Wednesday for the third time since Monday, in a last-moment attempt to form a national unity government to confront the ongoing health emergency and the upcoming economic crisis.

07.04.2020 - 01:20 [ The Hill ]

Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor’s effort to delay election

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday overturned Gov. Tony Evers’s (D) executive order to postpone Tuesday’s elections, sowing confusion and chaos around a critical election featuring a Democratic presidential primary and a pivotal state Supreme Court seat.

30.03.2020 - 20:13 [ National Post ]

U.S. House not expected to meet sooner than April 20, Hoyer says

“Members are further advised that if the House is required to take action on critical legislation related to the coronavirus response or other legislative priorities, members will be given sufficient notice to return to Washington, DC,” said the advisory from Hoyer’s office.

28.03.2020 - 09:20 [ LawAndCrime.com ]

Trump Axed Congressionally-Mandated Pandemic Recovery Oversight with Stimulus Bill Signing Statement

Trump, by way of a signing statement, noted that his administration would quite simply override a provision in the nearly 900-page stimulus bill that would require the country’s newest inspector general–just created and tasked with overseeing the disbursement of the stimulus funds–to report to Congress any time the administration stonewalled about where or how those funds were being spent.

28.03.2020 - 08:41 [ Wikipedia ]

Signing statement

The Supreme Court has not squarely addressed the limits of signing statements.

28.03.2020 - 08:30 [ Huffington Post ]

Trump Claims Power To Gag Watchdog Overseeing New $500 Billion Bailout

President Donald Trump has issued a signing statement declaring that he can block a watchdog from telling Congress when information is withheld about payouts to businesses in the massive new $2 trillion economic relief law.

Democrats fought hard for provisions in the measure to ensure …

28.03.2020 - 08:19 [ Rand Paul, US Senator / Twitter ]

In times of panic, it is good to have someone with a cool, level MIT head asking the tough questions. Thank you @RepThomasMassie

28.03.2020 - 07:57 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Today I joined the Rush Limbaugh show with guest host @kenmatthews to talk about the unconstitutional attempt by leadership on both sides of the aisle to pass the LARGEST SPENDING BILL EVER without actually voting. Miss the interview? You can listen here:

28.03.2020 - 07:48 [ Mike Lee, US Senator / Twitter ]

I don’t know a member of Congress more principled or dedicated to the Constitution than @RepThomasMassie . @SpeakerPelosi delayed this process repeatedly and sent the House into recess before its job was complete. Big mistake!

28.03.2020 - 07:41 [ theHill.com ]

Massie defiant, criticizes leaders for preventing him from speaking on floor

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday for not allowing him to speak on the floor before the House approved a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package.

Massie had sought to force a roll-call vote on the measure, earning a condemnation from President Trump in the process and criticism from a number of members of Congress.

28.03.2020 - 07:30 [ theHill.com ]

Trump signs $2T coronavirus relief package

The passage did not come without drama: House lawmakers were forced to scramble back to Washington Friday over concerns a conservative lawmaker objecting to the legislation, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), would force a roll call vote.

28.03.2020 - 07:03 [ theHill.com ]

House passes $2 trillion coronavirus package — but not without last-minute drama

“This is a 9/11 moment,” Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) said on the floor. “A time to put partisan differences aside, policy differences aside, and work together as Americans.”

26.03.2020 - 00:29 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Mutiny, Produced and Directed by Netanyahu, Will Live in Infamy

Never before has such a senior public official – Edelstein is second in line to President Rivlin in the state’s official hierarchy – thumbed his nose so directly at Israel’s judicial system, sparking an unprecedented constitutional crisis in the midst of the coronavirus crisis which is plaguing both Israel and the world.

There’s no direct analogy, of course, with the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that spurred FDR to make his famous “infamy speech” while asking Congress to approve a declaration of war against Japan – other than in the potential if not existential threat that Edelstein’s move poses to Israel’s future.

25.03.2020 - 04:20 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Backs Off of Unity With Netanyahu, Eyes Control of Parliament Instead

While last week Gantz agreed in principle to join a unity government with Likud that would be headed by Netanyahu for a limited period until Gantz replaced him, he has pulled back following criticism from supporters.

“First, we will get Israeli democracy back to working – and later we will form a government that will deal with the coronavirus and the other challenges that are on the line,” Gantz wrote on Facebook on Tuesday. “We must not let the coronavirus crisis, which requires thorough attention – medical, social and economic – trample over Israeli democracy. Not on my watch.”

24.03.2020 - 18:37 [ Haaretz ]

Top Likud Ministers Change Tune on High Court Ruling, Back Vote on Knesset Speaker

Hanegbi, who heads the Agriculture Ministry, and Elkin, minister for Jerusalem affairs and environmental protection, are joining Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Likud parliamentarian Gideon Sa’ar, who is known as a Netanyahu rival, in supporting the court’s decision.

Despite also voicing criticism of the ruling, on Monday Erdan said „we must respect the ruling or else resign ourselves to anarchy,“ while Sa’ar stressed that calls not to accept a direct court ruling are „unacceptable.“

24.03.2020 - 17:43 [ Haaretz ]

Lawmaker From Gantz’s Party to Head Main Knesset Committee, Panels Begin Work

A lawmaker from Benny Gantz’s party was appointed as the chairman of a crucial Knesset committee and the Knesset approved two additional committees late Monday night, allowing the parliament to begin its work following Israel’s March 2 election…

23.03.2020 - 22:04 [ Anshel Pfeffer / Twitter ]

Didn’t take long for the High Court to get back to Edelstein and now they’re not “requesting” any more. They’re ordering him in a 19-page ruling to let the vote for his replacement go ahead by Wednesday + accusing him of undermining democracy.

Crazy turn of events.

23.03.2020 - 21:41 [ Ynetnews.com ]

High Court rules Edelstein must allow vote for new Speaker

The High Court ruled in a unanimous decision Monday that Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein must convene the Knesset no later than Wednesday, to elect his replacement.

23.03.2020 - 20:08 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Edelstein poised to answer High Court as Likud members call to defy ruling

Israel’s High Court of Justice approved Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) Speaker Yuli Edelstein’s request to submit his answer today at 9 pm (local time) regarding whether he will convene a parliamentary vote for his replacement.

23.03.2020 - 20:05 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Supreme Court hears petition on replacing Knesset Speaker Edelstein

Throughout Israel’s 72-year existence, the Knesset Speaker had only been replaced once a new government was sworn in. Thus, replacing Edelstein before a government is formed would represent an unprecedented move, even with a majority vote.

23.03.2020 - 20:03 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Israel’s top court orders parliament to clarify speaker vote

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the country’s parliament to reconvene for the selection of a new speaker, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he tries to steer the country through the coronavirus crisis and fend off a looming corruption trial.

The current speaker, Yuli Edelstein of Netanyahu’s Likud party, suspended the parliament’s activities last week, citing procedural issues and restrictions on large gatherings due to the virus.

23.03.2020 - 11:55 [ Alec Pollard / Twitter ]

Lawmakers arrive at first session of Israeli #Knesset greeted by protesters demanding to replace speakers of the parliament @YuliEdelstein . @Likud_Party say if he is replaced they will scuttle unity government .

23.03.2020 - 10:49 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Crisis Accelerates Israel’s Slide Into Erdogan-style Authoritarianism

Monday is an important test for Israeli democracy. The Knesset is due to resume its deliberations amidst the political crisis and the spread of the coronavirus.

If the Knesset chairman Yuri Edelstein, backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political hatchetmen from Likud, continue with their delay tactics to prevent the legislative branch performing its duty, Israel will win the dubious title of the only „parliamentary democracy“ to fail to recognize the results of its last democratic general election and to be governed by an inoperative parliament.

23.03.2020 - 07:58 [ Washington Post ]

Don’t let constitutional rights be a victim of this virus

But the Justice Department’s request doesn’t stop there. Instead, the department has also included an idea that should be immediately rejected: letting federal court chief judges halt all court proceedings during an emergency. This provision would apply to “any statutes or rules of procedure otherwise affecting pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures in criminal and juvenile proceedings and all civil process and proceedings.”

22.03.2020 - 13:15 [ Washington Post ]

With a pandemic as cover, Netanyahu is carrying out a coup in Israel

(19.03.2020)

Under the cover of a pandemic, he is transforming himself from lame-duck prime minister to unelected strongman. He and his henchmen have shut down parliament, enacted extreme “security” measures without legislative oversight and shelved the courts just as Netanyahu was about to go on trial for corruption.

I don’t use the word “coup” lightly. But any weaker description of Netanyahu’s assault on Israeli democracy is a refusal to absorb and report the truth.

22.03.2020 - 12:56 [ Politico ]

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

“Not only would it be a violation of that, but it says ‘affecting pre-arrest,’” said Norman L. Reimer, the executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “So that means you could be arrested and never brought before a judge until they decide that the emergency or the civil disobedience is over. I find it absolutely terrifying. Especially in a time of emergency, we should be very careful about granting new powers to the government.”

22.03.2020 - 10:48 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Speaker Edelstein and His Puppet Master Netanyahu, Free Israel’s Parliament

Since a majority of Knesset members – 61 out of 120 – oppose the government, Edelstein was dispatched to block the activity of the legislature and prevent it from voting in a new speaker. It is inconceivable that a temporary speaker would use his authority to set the agenda in order to prevent the selection of a permanent speaker. It is parliamentary bullying, and it must stop immediately.

20.03.2020 - 21:17 [ Haaretz ]

How to Stop Netanyahu From Destroying What’s Left of Israel’s Democracy

The government is doing all it can to fight the coronavirus, while the premier moves to demolish Israel’s democracy. Only if the center-left parties are in the coalition will they be able to contain Netanyahu

20.03.2020 - 17:10 [ Haaretz ]

Americans Beware: Trump Could Emulate Netanyahu’s Coronavirus Coup

The United States is facing greater coronavirus upheavals than Israel, led by a president who has less respect for democracy and the rule of law

19.03.2020 - 21:57 [ Haaretz ]

Raise the Black Flag at Home. Stand Up to the Tyrant Netanyahu

For years and years, we wondered when the occupation would come home.

It happened this week.

As the settlers once said in a different context: Yesha Zeh Kan – Judea, Samaria and Gaza are here.

One set of laws for the tyrant’s allies. Another set of laws for everyone else. Innocent civilians hounded. Their persecutor – never held accountable.

Raise the black flag. Stand up to the tyrant.

This is the fitting flag for this new Israel.

19.03.2020 - 21:53 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Is Using Coronavirus to Hold Onto Power

Panic over the coronavirus, justified as it may be, mustn’t blind the public from seeing how the temporary prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and members of his party are exploiting the crisis to hold onto power. Through their management of the coronavirus crisis, Netanyahu and his government are neutralizing the justice system and quarantining the legislature.

17.03.2020 - 20:52 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

#Israel’s supreme court rejected a request to halt Shin Bet’s use of cyber-monitoring to track citizens with #COVID-19

17.03.2020 - 20:41 [ i24news.tv ]

Gantz slams decision to track infected citizens for lacking ‚transparency and oversight‘

Taking to Twitter, Gantz wrote that “exceptional times, unfortunately, call for exceptional measures. [However,] Blue & White will insist that the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, along with a special corona sub-committee, the Finance Committee and other sub-committees be enlisted immediately to oversee the process and approve the type of oversight regulation so critical at this juncture.”

He added that “a functional parliament, even and especially in states of emergency, is a hallmark of democracy and we will be steadfast in preserving it.”

17.03.2020 - 20:36 [ Haaretz ]

In Dead of Night, Israel Approves Harsher Coronavirus Tracking Methods Than Gov’t Stated

The Israeli government unanimously passed in the early hours of Tuesday new emergency regulations for tracking the cellphones of coronavirus patients or those suspected of being infected, circumventing the approval of the Knesset in the process.

18.01.2020 - 00:25 [ The Japan Times ]

Opposition grills LDP on risks facing Japan’s SDF mission to Mideast

“Rule of law is extremely important for Japan. (The government) should not accept what the U.S. argues just because it is the U.S. that says so,” Gemba said.

14.01.2020 - 02:02 [ Ron Paul / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

US to Iraq: ‘Vote All You Want, We’re Not Leaving!’

On Thursday Iraqi Prime Minister Mahdi phoned Pompeo to urgently request that Washington enact a US troop “withdrawal mechanism” in Iraq. American troops are in Iraq by invitation of the Iraqi government and the Iraqi government had just voted to revoke that invitation.

The State Department responded with a statement titled “The US Continued Partnership with Iraq,” in which it essentially said that the US would not abide by the request of its Iraqi partners because the US military is a “force for good” in the Middle East and that as such it is „our right“ to maintain „appropriate force posture” in the region.

07.01.2020 - 15:49 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Iran crisis: Germany to withdraw troops in Iraq over security fears after general Soleimani killed by Trump-ordered airstrike

Germany is moving some of its military personnel from Iraq to neighbouring countries over security concerns, the government told lawmakers, days after the killing of a top Iranian military commander in a US drone strike.

About 30 of the 120 German soldiers in Iraq who mainly train Iraqi security forces will be redeployed to Jordan and Kuwait, the government told parliament in a letter on Monday.

07.01.2020 - 15:42 [ Sky News ]

Letter saying US troops will pull out of Baghdad was ‚an honest mistake‘

Our own sources in Baghdad confirmed that the letter was genuine and that they too had seen it.

One source said their understanding of the US position was that a partial withdrawal or repositioning of some troops to Kuwait was taking place.

06.01.2020 - 08:51 [ theHill.com ]

Trump says he’ll sanction Iraq if US troops forced to leave

“If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis, we will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Sunday afternoon when asked about the vote by Iraq’s parliament to end U.S. troop presence in the country.

06.01.2020 - 05:02 [ theGuardian.com ]

Anti-Isis coalition suspends operations as Iraqi MPs vote to expel US troops

A statement on Sunday from Operation Inherent Resolve said the US-led coalition was “fully committed” to protecting its bases in the light of “repeated rocket attacks” from pro-Iranian militias over the past two months.

“This has limited our capacity to conduct training with partners and to support their operations against Daesh [Isis], and we have therefore paused these activities, subject to continuous review,” the coalition said.

06.01.2020 - 04:48 [ Xinhua ]

Iraqi parliament asks gov’t to end presence of foreign forces in Iraq

In an extraordinary session, the lawmakers voted with majority in favor of passing a law requiring the government to cancel the request for assistance from the international coalition to fight Islamic State (IS) group due to the end of military operations and war in Iraq.

05.01.2020 - 21:06 [ RT / Youtube ]

La Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela renueva su directiva: por qué es importante?

Este 5 de enero se instala un nuevo periodo legislativo en la Asamblea Nacional (AN) de Venezuela, parlamento unicameral dominado por una mayoría opositora, tras la victoria electoral de la derecha en diciembre del 2015.

05.01.2020 - 18:36 [ Voice of America ]

Iraqi Parliament Calls For US Troops to Leave

Parliamentary resolutions are nonbinding to the government, but Abdul-Mahdi had earlier urged parliament to take urgent measures and end the presence of foreign troops as soon as possible.

27.12.2019 - 17:59 [ theNational.ae ]

Iraq president Barham Salih offers to step down amid protests

He said that he would rather step down than pick a new prime minister rejected by demonstrators but as the constitution does not allow him to reject a nomination he would resign.

Parliament will now have to meet to discuss and vote on the resignation. If they endorse the move, Mr Salih will step down.

27.12.2019 - 17:54 [ Elijah J. Magnier ]

Iraq at the Crossroads: either Prime Minister al-Suheil or President Salih have to resign

(21.12.2019)

“President Barham Salih has his own candidate, the current head of intelligence Mustafa al-Kadhemi. There is no veto on the personality of Kadhemi; however, the serious problem is the attempt of the President to dismiss the power of the Parliament and his rejection of the will of the largest parliamentary coalition”, said the source.

Sources in Najaf stated “the Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Sistani has repeatedly stated that power emanates from the people and not from the President. It is the people and their representatives who make the decisions and if a new Prime Minister is rejected by the people he will not last long in office”.

30.11.2019 - 02:54 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia: Human Rights Defenders Mission Harrassed Upon Arrival

On Friday, the Mercosur Parliament’s Human Rights Commission also arrived in Bolivia to make contact with the victims of repression and prepare a report, which will be presented at the session of that regional integration mechanism on Dec. 9.

„The Mercosur Parliament decided that its Human Rights Commission will carry out a public hearing to have a broader vision and elaborate a report,“ Argentine parliamentarian Cecilia Merchan said.

14.11.2019 - 21:02 [ teleSUR ]

Argentina: Congress Rejects the Coup d’Etat in Bolivia

Both chambers of the Argentine parliament on Wednesday passed resolutions to condemn the coup d’etat against Bolivia’s President Evo Morales.

13.11.2019 - 18:11 [ teleSUR ]

Argentina’s Congress to Discuss Texts Rejecting Coup in Bolivia

The calls in both houses of the Parliament were motivated by the silence that the Macri administration has maintained so far with regard to the Bolivian events, which Argentinian lawmakers have described as „intolerable facts which cannot be accepted under any circumstances or with any excuse.“

15.10.2019 - 02:23 [ The Sun / Youtube ]

Boris Johnson’s full speech after the State Opening of Parliament

Hours after the Queen put his „do or die“ promise to deliver Brexit at the centre of her speech today, the PM vowed to create an „age of opportunity for everyone“.

01.10.2019 - 18:26 [ Parliament Moldova ‏/ Twitter ]

Speaker Zinaida Greceanîi and @HPFriedrichCSU , Vice-President of the German Bundestag, held a meeting within the pale of the Fourth Meeting of Speakers of the Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments titled “Greater Eurasia: Dialogue. Trust. Partnership.” @CSU

(24.09.2019)

28.08.2019 - 16:31 [ BBC ]

Prorogation: How can the government suspend Parliament?

MPs do not vote to prorogue – it’s a power that rests with the Queen, done on the advice of the prime minister.

28.08.2019 - 16:25 [ Spiked ]

A battle of two evils

Proroguing parliament to force through Brexit is wrong. But using parliament to stop Brexit is far worse.

28.08.2019 - 16:21 [ theSun.co.uk ]

The Queen agrees to let Boris Johnson shut down Parliament and thwart Corbyn’s anti-Brexit plot

THE Queen has approved Boris Johnson’s bombshell request to suspend Parliament and stop Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to block No Deal Brexit.

Her Majesty met with the Privy Council today at Balmoral and an order was greenlit to prorogue Parliament from any date between September 9 to October 14.

09.08.2019 - 15:04 [ Reuters ]

Italy Senate to decide on Monday when to hold no-confidence vote in government

The heads of political groups in Italy’s Senate will meet on Monday to set a date to hold a no-confidence vote in the government, the upper house press office said in a statement on Friday.

06.08.2019 - 12:36 [ GEO TV ]

Amended resolution presented in Parliament against scrapping special status of IoK

A joint session of Parliament began at Parliament House earlier today to discuss the deteriorating situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir, after the Indian government revoked Article 370 of the constitution which granted special status to the disputed valley.

16.06.2019 - 11:51 [ Vietnamnews.vn ]

PM meets RoK-Việt Nam Parliamentary Friendship Group

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam always attaches importance to promoting cooperative relations with the Republic of Korea (RoK) and wants to closely coordinate with the Korean side to develop the strategic cooperative partnership to new heights, said Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.

07.06.2019 - 16:17 [ PoliticsHome.com ]

EXCL Dominic Raab branded a ‚dictator‘ by Tory rival over Parliament shut-down row

Dominic Raab has been branded a „dictator“ as his rivals for the Tory leadership condemned his refusal to rule out shutting down Parliament in order to deliver a no-deal Brexit.

07.06.2019 - 16:09 [ Evening Standard ]

Brexit news latest: The Queen ‚could reject a new PM’s demands to suspend Parliament over no-deal‘

The Queen may reject a Brexiteer Prime Minister’s demand to suspend Parliament to ram through a crash-out from the EU, a Whitehall grandee said today.

Lord Armstrong, who was Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet secretary, said the monarch could decide to consult Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Speaker John Bercow and Lord Speaker Lord Fowler if she believed the Government was asking her to prorogue Parliament to neuter its “rights or duties”.

07.06.2019 - 13:22 [ teleSUR ]

Chile: Congress Refuses to Erase Che’s Feats From Textbooks

After a heated debate, the project was rejected with 70 votes against, 62 in favor and 12 abstentions.

The Chilean Lower Chamber of Congress voted on Tuesday against a right-wing project to have Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s accomplishments erased from school textbooks and to include instead alleged “war crimes” committed in the Cuban Revolution.

27.05.2019 - 18:47 [ New York Times ]

Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Leader, Is Ousted in No-Confidence Vote

After about three hours of debate, a simple majority of lawmakers stood up in a demonstration of their withdrawal of trust from Mr. Kurz, 32, making him the first Austrian leader in more than seven decades to be removed from power by his peers in Parliament.

The removal of Mr. Kurz, just 17 months after he became chancellor, came despite a gain of 8 percentage points for his conservative People’s Party in the European Parliament elections.

23.05.2019 - 04:57 [ Haaretz ]

How Modi Won Reelection as India’s Hindu Nationalist Messiah

Modi and his political party pivoted away from confronting corruption, redesignating the central threat to Indian society instead as „the Muslim threat“ – India’s own Muslim community and neighboring Pakistan. Deliberately stoked religious polarization has deepened to a worrisome extent.

Modi replaced his „development man“ imperative with a new public image: that of the Hindu savior. That shift has also won significant popular support.

23.05.2019 - 04:39 [ Hindustan Times ]

Lok Sabha Election Results Live Updates: Counting of votes today

Lok Sabha Election Results Live Updates:By end of day today, perhaps even earlier, India will have its say on who will administer the country for the next five years. Counting of votes to begin at 8 am. Follow live updates here

17.05.2019 - 17:33 [ Entertainment Guru ]

PTI Govt Sought Opposition’s Support for South Punjab Bill

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, on Wednesday, the government had introduced the South Punjab bill in the National Assembly and sought the help of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to get it passed. During a news conference, Qureshi said the bill moved by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government would require amendments in Articles 1, 51, 59,106,198,218 of the Constitution. “We have to make the amendments to make South Punjab province a reality.”

16.05.2019 - 03:29 [ Gulf News ]

Prime Minister Imran Khan fulfils his promise to the tribal areas of Pakistan

On Monday, May 13, 2019, the National Assembly of Pakistan, unanimous, in a rare show of parliamentarian unity, approved the 26th Constitution Amendment Bill, which recommends an increase in the number of seats for the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in the National Assembly and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. Since the inception of the present National Assembly in August 2018, this is the first amendment in the Constitution that has approved by a united parliament.

10.05.2019 - 10:17 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

MPs get ANOTHER 11 days off: First we failed to leave EU on March 29, then Westminster took the whole of Easter off… now it’s holiday time again

The Whitsun recess will come only a month after MPs returned to Parliament following their 11-day Easter break. The break will mean MPs will not be in Westminster in the aftermath of the European elections on May 23.

26.04.2019 - 06:43 [ Co-op News ]

Report from Caracas by the member of the German Parliament, Andrej Hunko on his meeting with the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro

Report from Caracas by the member of the German Parliament, Andrej Hunko on his meeting with the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro

24.04.2019 - 16:59 [ Irish Times ]

Top Sri Lankan officials withheld intelligence on attacks -minister

He said information on possible suicide attacks on churches, hotels and politicians were received from Indian intelligence on April 4th and a Security Council meeting was chaired by president Maithripala Sirisena on April 7th, but the information was not shared more widely.
“Somebody is controlling these top intelligence officials,” the minister said. “The Security Council is doing politics. We need to investigate into this.”

31.03.2019 - 10:44 [ Haaretz ]

The Law Designed to Close the Cases Against Netanyahu

“You can scream till you’re blue in the face that it’s the end of democracy, but until 2005 this was the law of the land,” Smotrich said. He’s not lying – a law provided immunity from prosecution to MKs, including the prime minister, with the lifting of such immunity requiring a Knesset majority. But he’s playing innocent.

29.03.2019 - 03:27 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

British Troops Are Active in Combat in Yemen

That position collapsed suddenly over the weekend, when media reports revealed that five British special forces operatives were injured in combat in Yemen, supporting the Saudi invasion. The troops were from Special Boat Service.

20.03.2019 - 22:15 [ Global News Canada ]

#Brexit: Theresa May says she doesn’t support another election or a 2nd referendum

British Prime Minister Theresa May scolded the British parliament in the speech Wednesday, saying she was not interested in a calling an election or holding another Brexit referendum and that MPs should „do their jobs“ to avoid damaging England’s democratic institutions.

03.02.2019 - 23:35 [ Ghana Guardian ]

Iraq to Adopt Bill Ending US, Foreign Adviser Presence in Country – Statement

„During the next session, the parliament will work on the bill that would include the end of the security agreement with the United States, as well as the end of the presence of the US and other foreign military trainers and advisers in Iraq“, Kaabi said in a statement released on the parliament’s website.
The statement comes amid US President Donald Trump’s recent comment on the situation in the country. In particular, the US president said that Washington wants to keep its forces in Iraq so that the US could keep a close eye on Iran „because Iran is a real problem,“

17.01.2019 - 06:55 [ Paul Mason ‏/ Twitter ]

So let’s get this right: May offers talks. Corbyn says remove No Deal threat, then we talk. Within an hour, Hammond rings 330 businesspeople and promises to remove No Deal threat because May faces revolt in Cabinet. But Corbyn is the „wrecker“. Tories lie thru their teeth.

17.01.2019 - 06:52 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: The Hammond phone call – full transcript of his conversation with 11 business leaders

The Telegraph has obtained a leaked audio recording of a briefing that Philip Hammond gave 330 business leaders during a conference call in the aftermath of Theresa May’s historic Brexit defeat on Tuesday.

Log-in or subscribe to read the full transcript, including Mr Hammond’s account of how Article 50 could be extended and no deal could be taken „off the table“:

23.12.2018 - 02:10 [ Reuters ]

Guyanese parliament brings down government, triggering elections

One lawmaker defected from Granger’s APNU-AFC coalition, which had a one-seat majority, and sided with an opposition-led motion to cut short his term that would have ended in 2020. The Guyanese parliament had never before called a no-confidence vote.

03.12.2018 - 08:21 [ Royal.uk ]

The Queen and Parliament

After a general election, the appointment of a Prime Minister is the prerogative of the Sovereign.

In appointing a Prime Minister, the Sovereign is guided by constitutional conventions. The main requirement is to find someone who can command the confidence of the House of Commons. This is normally secured by appointing the leader of the party with an overall majority of seats in the Commons, but there could still be exceptional circumstances when The Queen might need to exercise discretion to ensure that her Government is carried on.

21.10.2018 - 14:55 [ Joumanna Bercetche / Twitter ]

PM enters ‘killing zone’ (interesting choice of word by ⁦@thetimes ). Report says that 46 no-confidence letters have now been written; 2 short of those needed for formal no-confidence vote / leadership challenge

01.08.2018 - 15:47 [ Reuters ]

Iran MPs summon Rouhani as U.S. pressure squeezes economy

It is the first time parliament has summoned Rouhani, who is under pressure from hardline rivals to change his cabinet following a deterioration in relations with the United States and Iran’s growing economic difficulties.

25.07.2018 - 14:53 [ Yonhap ]

Probe team raids military unit over martial law allegations

The probe team is seeking to verify who directed the DSC to devise the martial law plans and if the unit really had an intention to put them into action.

The unclassified version of the DSC document included steps to hold sway over media, parliament and the spy agency under martial law. These steps were heavily criticized as a potential threat to the country’s democracy.

01.06.2018 - 14:07 [ El Pais ]

As it happened: Pedro Sánchez becomes new Spanish prime minister

This is the first time in Spanish democratic history that a head of government has been ousted. Rajoy, 63, refused to step down ahead of the vote, saying he had the trust of the people who voted for him at the 2016 election.

Rajoy is being replaced by Socialist (PSOE) leader Pedro Sánchez, whose 84 seats were insufficient for the majority of 176 required in the 350-seat house. This forced the PSOE to seek support from a range of other parties, including regional nationalists in the Basque Country and Catalonia.

18.04.2018 - 10:02 [ AFP news agency / Twitter ]

Protest against Syria strikes held outside UK Parliament

Published on Apr 16, 2018
An anti-war protest is held outside the British Parliament shortly after an address by Prime Minister Theresa May setting out her justification for strikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

16.04.2018 - 20:27 [ Stop the War coalition ]

18 April | Parliament | Emergency Lobby – No More Bombings

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Lobbying at Westminster

You should write to your MP or call their office before the day you intend to lobby to let them know that you will be there, and to see if they will be in Parliament. You can try and arrange a specific time to meet if possible, and you should let them know your name and address (this way they can know you are one of their constituents).

To reach Central Lobby, join the queue at the Cromwell Green visitor’s entrance, and proceed through to Central Lobby.

16.04.2018 - 08:06 [ Reuters ]

After Syria strikes, Britain’s May to face critical parliament

But she will be grilled over why she broke with a convention to seek parliamentary approval for the action, a decision that she and her ministers say was driven by the need to act quickly.

Much of the criticism will come from opposition lawmakers, but the prime minister may also have to work hard to defend her speed of action to members of her own Conservative Party who had wanted parliament recalled.

14.04.2018 - 15:33 [ Jeremy Corbyn ‏/ Twitter ]

I have written to @Theresa_May in response to last night’s legally questionable air strikes on Syria.

Parliament should have been consulted and voted on the matter. The UK Prime Minister is accountable to Parliament, not to the whims of a US President.

11.04.2018 - 09:39 [ NewStatesman.com ]

Why Theresa May would have parliament’s backing over an intervention in Syria

The truth is that in most democracies, the right to go to war is one that is held by the legislature, rather than the executive. Nonetheless, Mercer is half-right in that under the United Kingdom’s unwritten constitution, the recent(ish) convention that Parliament weighs in on whether to go to war isn’t worth the paper it’s not printed on.