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China: The National People’s Congress Abolishes Eight National Laws

(July 2, 2009) On June 27, 2009, the Ninth Session of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) abolished eight national laws that are “out-dated” or “redundant.” Their abolition took effect immediately. This is the first time in the past more than 20 years that the top legislative body of China has […]

China: Legislative Agenda of NPC Standing Committee

(June 26, 2009) It was reported on June 15, 2009, that the Ninth Session of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) is scheduled to be held from June 22-27, 2009. According to the legislative agenda, the top legislature will discuss for the first time the following draft documents: · Draft Amendment […]

Ukraine: Simplified Impeachment Procedures

(Feb. 3, 2009) On January 15, 2009, the Ukrainian legislature, the Verkhovna Rada, adopted the Law on Special Temporary Investigative Commissions, which simplifies the procedure for the legislative body to impeach the President. Previously, the impeachment procedure could be initiated on the basis of a petition signed by three-quarters of the parliamentarians. The new Law […]

Canada: Parliament Suspended Until End of January 2009

(Dec. 15, 2008) On October 14, 2008, Canada held a general election that gave the governing Conservative Party 143 out of the 308 seats in the House of Commons. (Parliament of Canada, House of Commons: Party Standings, (last visited Dec. 8, 2008.) Although this was an increase in their number of Members of Parliament, […]

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. […]