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21 November 2017
A Assembleia da República aprovou nesta quinta-feira(16) a revisão da Lei sobre o Regime Específico de Tributação e Benefícios Fiscais das Operações Petrolíferas que vai permitir as multinacionais ENI e ANARDARKO manterem durante três décadas as isenções fiscais que negociaram secretamente com o Governo de Filipe Nyusi.
 
Tal como o @Verdade havia prognosticado o Parlamento apenas chancelou a proposta de revisão do artigo 40 da Lei nº27/2014 que estabelece o Regime...
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by AGORA moderator
21 November 2017
A grouping of several Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) calling itself Civil Society Platform on Electoral Reforms says the manner in which the process on the proposed electoral reform bill is being handled is not fair and just to Malawians.
 
The sentiments are contained in a joint statement signed by nine representatives of these CSOs stating that the public which parliament represents was not well consulted on the matter.
 
Some notable...
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by AGORA moderator
17 November 2017
In most countries, national parliaments are responsible for the ratification of all international treaties, for the latter to take effect. The Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is no exception. CEDAW was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly and it has been ratified by 187 countries. Commonly described as an international bill of rights for women, it consists of a preamble and 30 articles, which...
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by AGORA moderator
17 November 2017
On 7 November, a cross-party event took place at the European Parliament, in Brussels under the theme: “Democracy in the age of algorithms”. The event was inspired by the background research for the science fiction novel “Disco Sour” about Europe, democracy and algorithm, conducted by Giuseppe Porcaro. 
 
The background research was based on the growing public interest in artificial intelligence and its impact in policy and decision making. Artificial intelligence is...
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by AGORA moderator
16 November 2017

The political lens is zooming in on Sierra Leone as the country is poised to hold its next presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for March 2018. As political debates intensify, a new document launched by civil society is seen as new hope for democracy and peace. Abdul Brima examines its priority areas.

The political atmosphere is heating up in Sierra Leone as the two leading parties, the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) and the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples’...
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by AGORA moderator
14 November 2017

As part of their one-year tenure, 100 national youth parliamentarians will be assigned to constituencies from which they are tasked with conceptualising and executing community-service project.

 
The project to be partially funded by the Government will also see the cohort of youngsters working alongside serving members of parliament.
 
This particular reform of the National Youth Parliament, according to...
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by AGORA moderator
14 November 2017
A week after the start of the COP23 climate summit in Bonn, the thorniest issue has come to the fore during the day dedicated to climate finance. EURACTIV France reports.
 
Organised by the Fiji islands and hosted by Germany, COP23 is expected to highlight adaptation solutions for countries that are the most vulnerable to storms and sea level rise.
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by AGORA moderator
13 November 2017
 
 
Sophie Walker, the quietly-determined leader of the Women’s Equality Party, doesn’t do angry. 
 
Keeping your cool is a major achievement when you consider that, in 2017, she focuses full-time on fighting for a society free from gender bias.
 
The headlines in the last week are enough to make anyone fume:...
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8 November 2017
On Friday 10th November, Members of Youth Parliament will debate a range of topical issues, including the need for a ‘curriculum for life’ and public transport. In addition,  they mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Over 200 Members of Youth Parliament from across the UK will participate in the Commons debate.
 
UK Youth Parliament’s sitting will mark the eighth year that...
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7 November 2017
A democratic parliament should reflect the social diversity of the population in terms of gender, geography, language, religion, ethnicity and any other politically significant characteristics
 
The parliaments within the Commonwealth have recommended ensuring a framework for combating climate change which will be developed and implemented and updates within each region.
 
The countries have also recommended legal reforms and...
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