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by AGORA moderator
18 May 2017

Next week the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is celebrating Africa Week. From 22 to 24 May the African Member States Group at UNESCO under the chair of Mozambique is going to organize concerts, film screenings, exhibitions and round table debates.

We at AGORA - Portal for Parliamentary Development are also celebrating Africa Week. On the occasion, we will provide you with the latest news on parliamentary development in Africa!

by AGORA moderator
18 May 2017

Reader Anthea Beszant was among those who asked about the voting system using this form for questions about the election, on 8 June. "As a 70+ age citizen of this country and having always voted I have never been directly represented in my entire life," she said.

Currently under first past the post (FPTP), the candidate who receives the most votes in a local constituency wins a seat in the House of Commons. This means the number of seats each political party wins does not reflect its...

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by AGORA member
17 May 2017

Parliaments are at the heart of many debates on how to make democracies work. Yet in many countries they rank near the bottom of all institutions trusted by the public. In only four of 15 established democracies in the Europe and Central Asia region did at least half of voters express trust in parliament.

Parliaments are often the only national institutions directly elected by citizens. By definition, then, parliaments hold the heart of citizens’ hopes for representative, effective,...

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by AGORA moderator
16 May 2017

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday that Japan’s security policies, including its exclusively defensive posture, would “basically remain the same” if the Constitution is revised as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed last week.

Suga’s remark indicates Abe is backing away from a radical constitutional revision proposed by his Liberal Democratic Party in 2012, in an apparent maneuver to lower the political hurdles to his long-held ambition to revise the pacifist postwar...

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by AGORA moderator
11 May 2017

The first legislation that Bulgaria's ruling centre-right GERB party has proposed within the new 44th National Assembly – the introduction of a majoritarian electoral system – is likely to face opposition from the other four parties in parliament.

Following promises it made during the previous legislature and in the campaign ahead of the snap vote on March 26, GERB on Wednesday proposed changes to...

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by AGORA member
10 May 2017

Australian Senator Larissa Waters has become the first politician to breastfeed in the nation's parliament.

Ms Waters, from the left-wing Greens party, fed two-month-old daughter Alia Joy during a vote on Tuesday.

The lower house last year joined the Senate in allowing breastfeeding, but no MPs in either house had done so.

It followed a backlash in 2015 when Kelly O'Dwyer, a government minister, was asked to consider expressing milk to avoid missing parliamentary duties...

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by AGORA moderator
8 May 2017

Emmanuel Macron has gone from political newcomer to French president in just a few years. He has promised a new approach to politics but what exactly will his government look like?

Two days before polling day, Emmanuel Macron let slip on French radio that he had someone in mind for prime minister should he win Sunday's vote.

He did not say who it was, simply tantalising listeners with a vague reference to "someone with experience of politics,...

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by AGORA member
5 May 2017

The gender advisors seconded by the project Pro PALOP-TL SAI were in Guinea-Bissau to conduct a workshop with the aim to strengthen the skills of the network of Women MPs, parliamentarians and specialized committees to oversee gender responsive budgeting. The event took place on April 21-22 and also counted with the presence of civil society organizations working on monitoring public finance and gender equality.

Participants agreed they should further collaborate to guarantee the...

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by AGORA moderator
4 May 2017
The SDGs and LGBT rights constitute two new areas of parliamentary development to which deputies around the world have to adapt their respective legislative proposals, parliamentary budgets and oversight functions....
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