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In Africa Today: Monday 15th January 2018

Welcome to Monday January 15. In Africa today, the media reports issues which made headlines in various Africa Country.

The International Reuter reports, Indonesia to swear in new parliament speaker after huge graft caseAccording to the online portal, Indonesia’s parliament will swear in Bambang Soesatyo as its new speaker on Monday, his party said, a critic of President Joko Widodo’s government who was appointed after the previous speaker was indicted in a $170 million graft scandal. Soesatyo is a long-time member of Golkar, the second-largest party in Widodo’s coalition and which controls leadership of the house. Golkar appointed Soesatyo to replace previous speaker Setya Novanto, who was forced to resign late last year.

The citizen also reports “Busy First quarter for Parliament”. The news portal explains that the first quarter of the 2018 parliamentary programme promises to be one of the busiest as the institution continues to “deepen its constitutional function of legislating, overseeing executive action, and facilitating public participation”, the legislature said. Among the key parliamentary activities taking place during this quarter were the state-of-the-nation address (Sona), the budget speech, the National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP) mid-term review, the rules review on the impeachment of a president, and the investigation into Steinhoff’s “corporate corruption”, parliament spokesman Moloto Mothapo said in a statement.

Also on Radio NZ “Tonga’s parliament to sit this week” was boldly captured. Radio NZ stressed,  it will be the first time parliament sits since the November snap election, triggered by King Tupou VI’s dissolution of parliament. Last week parliament opened with a message relayed from the King, calling for a closer relationship between the House and His Majesty, according to the law and Constitution. The message from the Throne also highlighted upcoming development projects like the new domestic wharf which is to be opened soon for which the King thanked foreign partners for their assistance.

Parliament needs to be trimmedwas captured on the Daily news portal. According to the portal, The Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda recently called on government to increase budget allocations for the ministry of Health and Child Care and Parliament to avoid crippling their operations. In the case of the ministry of Health, it was allocated $400 million — representing 7,7.

Lastly, “Nigerian parliament probes hijab case” was disclosed by a news portal in Nigeria. Nigeria’s parliament on Tuesday launched a probe into the refusal by the country’s law school to call a Muslim woman to the bar because she wore a head covering under her wig on religious grounds. The House of Representatives unanimously adopted a motion calling for a probe of the controversy, hours after a Nigerian Muslim umbrella group threatened a mass protest and legal action over the incident.

Other related news are available on PN Africa. Visit http://parliamentafrica.com/ for your daily Africa news updates

News @ a glance

  1.  Indonesia to swear in new parliamentspeaker after huge graft case

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-parliament-speaker/indonesia-to-swear-in-new-parliament-speaker-after-huge-graft-case-idUSKBN1F4069

2.     Busy first quarter for parliament

https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/1782776/busy-first-quarter-for-parliament/

3.     Tonga’s parliament to sit this week

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/348138/tonga-s-parliament-to-sit-this-week

4.  Parliament needs to be trimmed

https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2018/01/15/parliament-needs-to-be-trimmed

5. ParliamentaryNotebook: From a Zuma exit to State Capture and …

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2018-01-15-parliamentary-notebook-from-a-zuma-exit-to-state-capture-and-land-expropriation-a-rocky-year-ahead/

6.   Nigerian parliament probes hijab case

http://aa.com.tr/en/africa/nigerian-parliament-probes-hijab-case/1009544

 

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