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Kenya: Lawyers to Help Draft New Laws

(June 2, 2008) Members of the Kenyan Parliament and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) have agreed to jointly take part in drafting legislation under a “structured engagement” between the two groups. In her May 8, 2008, letter to members, LSK secretary and chief executive officer Betty Nyabuto urged the lawyers to volunteer and be […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Weapons for Members of Parliament

(Mar. 2, 2008) On January 23, 2008, the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan adopted amendments to the nation's Law on Weapons that provide for issuance of service weapons to the members of the Kyrgyz Parliament and that regulate the related procedures. The passage of these amendments was considered justified by a series of premeditated killings of Kyrgyz […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Cell Phone Ban in Parliament

(Feb. 2, 2008) The members of the Dzhogorku Kenesh, the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan, will be forbidden to use cell phones during legislative sessions under an amendment to the rules of procedure. A majority of the members voted for the new provision on January 24, 2008. In addition, the members approved a rule under which they […]

Solomon Islands: Parliament Scheduled

(Dec. 2, 2007) The SOLOMON TIMES has reported that the Governor-General, Sir Nathanial Waena, issued a proclamation scheduling a parliamentary session. The Solomon Islands is currently at a political impasse, with the current Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, refusing to call a session of parliament. Under Waena's proclamation, parliament will sit on December 13, 2007. (Governor […]

Canada: Conservative Government Outlines Legislative Program

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 16, 2007, the second session of Canada's 39th Parliament was opened with the customary Speech from the Throne. Delivered by the Governor General in a formal atmosphere, Speeches from the Throne are actually written by and for the Prime Minister and lay out the Government's agenda for the coming session. […]