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by AGORA member
26 September 2017
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Prime Minister Abe announced Monday he will call a snap election for parliament’s more powerful lower house for next month. Abe said at a news conference that he will dissolve the chamber on Thursday when it convenes after a three-month summer recess. The election is to be held Oct. 22. (Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press)
 
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by AGORA member
25 September 2017
A far-right party has won seats in the German parliament for the first time in half a century, in an election that saw Angela Merkel returned as chancellor for the fourth contest straight.
 
The German chancellor pledged to address the concerns of people who voted for the anti-Muslim and anti-immigration AfD after initial results showed it winning 13.5 per cent of the vote – at the higher end of what was expected.
 
Meanwhile, the centre-left SPD...
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by AGORA member
21 September 2017
Three days left for the parliamentarian elections in Germany. This Sunday, 61.5 million Germans will be eligible to cast their vote in parliamentary elections. A bit more than half of them, 31.7 million, are women, 29.8 million are men. Hundreds of thousands have already handed in their vote by mail. There is no online-voting, and there are no voting machines.
 
Voters will be able to choose between as many as 42 parties, some of which are quite exotic, to say the...
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by AGORA member
20 September 2017
On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Open Government Partnership organized an event at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly titled “Rebuilding Trust in Government.” Hosted by the current and incoming OGP Co-Chairs, this event brought together an international coalition of Heads of State and Government, civil society organizations, and civic tech entrepreneurs to promote transparency in public action, citizen participation, and democratic innovation for rebuilding trust in government. ...
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by AGORA member
20 September 2017
Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy has said that the draft state budget for 2018 has already been posted on the website of the Ukrainian parliament.
He said this at a meeting of the parliament's conciliatory council, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
 
"The draft state budget for 2018 has already been published on the website of the Verkhovna Rada, and everyone can examine it," Parubiy said.
 
As reported, on September 15, the...
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by AGORA member
19 September 2017
Iceland will hold a national election on Oct. 28 after the governing coalition collapsed amid a scandal about a proposed pardon for a sex offender.
 
President Gudni Th. Johannesson said Monday it was clear there was no chance of forming a new government from the existing parliament.
 
Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson resigned Saturday after one of the parties in his center-right coalition administration quit over an attempt by the prime...
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by AGORA member
18 September 2017
Kulsoom Sharif, the wife of ex-Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has won a key parliamentary seat, which was left vacant after the ouster of her husband by the Supreme Court amid a corruption scandal in July.
 
Official results from the Sunday by-election are yet to be announced, but officials with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), who also tallied the numbers, said Kulsoom secured about 53.5 percent of the vote, with the party’s majority reduced...
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by AGORA member
15 September 2017
This year's theme of democracy and conflict prevention focuses on the critical need to strengthen democratic institutions to promote peace and stability. A more integrated approach to foster resilient societies calls for effective and inclusive democratic governance with respect for human rights and the rule of law. 
 
Resilient societies are able to mitigate disputes through mediation, dialogue and a reasonable degree of legitimacy of their institutions. Developing...
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by AGORA member
14 September 2017
Unless the electoral system is changed, oversight will depend on MPs acting against the ‘party line’.
 
During South Africa’s recent presidential question time in Parliament, President Jacob Zuma managed to evade just about every question – specifically the ones linking him directly to state capture. When asked whether there had been outside influence when he appointed his special adviser on energy, Zuma simply replied, ‘I took my decision.’
 
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by AGORA member
12 September 2017
Norway's conservative prime minister, Erna Solberg, will be able to govern for four more years following Monday's (11 September) elections if she continues to work with the right-wing, anti-migrant Progress Party.
There are many examples of junior parties in governing coalitions being punished by voters, but not so in Norway.
 
"Because we have been honest there is still support for us after four years as the junior party in government," said a happy...
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