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Geneva: Youth representation in parliament nudges up according to new IPU report

The global proportion of MPs under 30 has increased in two years from 1.9 per cent to 2.2 per cent according to the IPU’s biannual report on Youth Participation in National Parliaments published today. Despite this increase, when compared with the half of the world’s population that is under 30, ...

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Speaker John Bercow calls for external body to investigate bullying amid calls for his resignation

Speaker John Bercow has called for an independent and external body to judge upon allegations of bullying and harassment in the wake of a report, which found “urgent and serious problems” in the way abusive behaviour by MPs and staff is dealt with. Mr Bercow has faced claims – strongly ...

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Algeria: Algeria’s parliamentary speaker ‘locked out’ of building in protest

About 200 deputies locked up Algeria’s parliament with a chain and padlock for several hours on Tuesday to call for the parliamentary speaker to resign. “We’re here to demand the speaker resigns,” Abdelhamid Si Affif, the head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, told AFP after protesters sealed off the entrance. ...

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TOKYO:Pro-smoking Japanese lawmaker apologizes for heckling cancer patient

A Japanese member of parliament apologized on Thursday for jeering a lung cancer patient testifying about the dangers of secondhand smoke, saying he had spoken out to prevent discrimination against smokers. Japan lags many countries in efforts to fight smoking, with attempts to tackle tobacco often stymied by pro-smoking politicians, ...

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South Africa: TAKING PARLIAMENT TO THE PEOPLE BRINGS WHEELS FOR YOUNG KHALEMO

When Ms Puleng Mofolo entered the Kaiser Sebothelo Stadium Hall in Botshabelo in August last year carrying her 13-year-old daughter, Khalemo, on her back, she had no idea that their lives were about to change. She was among thousands of people in the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, Free State, who had ...

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COLOMBO: Parliamentarians outraged by traffic caused due to protests

The parliament of Ministers who were inconvenienced by the university protest raised the matter in Parliament today. UNP parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake said that it took him almost 20 minutes to get to the parliament from the temple trees and questioned what sort of democracy prevails at present. To which chairing ...

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Europe: Parliamentary ‘man-ban’ would reduce corruption – study

Perhaps Labour was onto something with the ‘man-ban’. New research looking at 125 different countries has found having women in Government significantly reduces corruption. Though the link has been noted before, the researchers say this is the first time it’s been proven that women’s presence causes corruption to decrease, rather ...

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South Africa: South Africa’s new minimum wage is the ‘beginning of a long, difficult process’: Finance minister

The introduction of South Africa’s new minimum wage is the start of a “long, difficult process,” the country’s minister of finance said Thursday. South Africa’s parliament passed a minimum wage bill by a large majority on Tuesday, meaning that millions of workers will now earn 20 rand ($1.58) per hour. ...

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Zimbabwe: Parliament lets Mugabe off the hook

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has been let off the hook after the country’s parliament said he must be recused from appearing before a parliamentary committee to answer questions relating to alleged looting at the Marange diamond fields. The directive by parliament, whose speaker, advocate Jacob Mudenda, is a top ...

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DR CONGO: DR Congo’s parliament to consider legal protection for ex-presidents

Democratic Republic of Congo’s parliament will, at President Joseph Kabila’s request, hold a special session to consider legislation providing legal protection for former presidents, lawmakers said. The announcement could be a further sign that Kabila intends to step down after an election in December despite speculation that he is trying ...

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