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United Kingdom: Government Considering Role of Monarchy in Consent to Legislation

(Sept. 17, 2013) The United Kingdom’s government has recently announced an inquiry into the impact of the Queen’s and the Prince’s consent on the legislative process. (New Inquiry – The Impact of Queen’s and Prince’s Consent on the Legislative Process, PARLIAMENT.UK (last visited Sept. 3, 2013).) The remit of the Inquiry is to investigate when […]

United Kingdom: Queen’s Speech for 2013

(May 20, 2013) The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland recently laid her annual speech before Parliament for 2013. The speech sets out the government’ legislative agenda for the upcoming year. There are many items included this year, with the focus being on continued measures to improve and strengthen the […]

Russia: Expansion of Right of Legislative Initiation Considered

(Feb. 13, 2013) On January 14, 2013, the legislative assembly of the province of Astrakhan in southern Russia submitted a proposal to the State Duma (lower house of the legislature) on expansion of the legislators’ right to initiate legislation. The proposal calls for members of the national legislature to be allowed to introduce bills in […]

Libya: Newly Elected Constituent Assembly Appoints a Chairman

(Aug. 20, 2012) On August 10, 2012, members of the elected Constituent Assembly voted to make Mohammed Al Moqrif its new Chairman. Al Moqrif announced that the Assembly will select cabinet members for the country's transitional government. After electing a chairman during in its first session, the Assembly received legislative powers from the Transitional National […]

Libya: Parliamentary Elections Held; Assembly to Draft Laws During Transition

(July 13, 2012) On July 8, 2012, despite the violence plaguing cities in eastern Libya, the country's Supreme Electoral Commission announced that it will begin publishing the results of the parliamentary elections from the 13 main electoral districts. According to news reports, liberal political factions gained many seats in the first stage of the parliamentary […]

Kuwait: Supreme Constitutional Court Dissolves Parliament

(June 28, 2012) On June 25, 2012, the Kuwaiti Cabinet resigned after the Supreme Constitutional Court dissolved the current parliament and reinstated the previous one. (The Kuwaiti Cabinet Resigns After the Decision of the Supreme Constitutional Court [in Arabic], AL ARABIYA (June 25, 2012).) In its decision, the Court declared that Emiri (Royal) Decree No. […]

Moldova: Legislators to Be Fined for Being AWOL

(Apr. 2, 2012) In October 2011, according to an initiative of the ruling coalition, the Parliament of Moldova amended its own Rules of Internal Procedure (Reglament) and established that legislators will be fined if they are absent from the Parliament's plenary sessions or committee meetings without a valid excuse. A fine will be imposed based […]

Indonesia: Attendance of Legislators to Be Public Information

(Mar. 8, 2012) The Ethics Council of Indonesia's House of Representatives adopted a new rule on March 6, 2012. According to Muhammad Prakosa, the Chairman of the Council, any legislators who miss two plenary meetings in succession, without valid reasons, will be sent letters of warning and their names will be given to the press. […]

Ukraine: Electronic Turnover of Laws in the Legislature

(Dec. 15, 2011) On December 9, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (the national legislature) passed a law amending its own rules of internal procedure. As soon as the law enters into force after being signed by the President of Ukraine, all paperwork will be minimized, and the members of the Verkhovna Rada will receive […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Animal Sacrifice for Improvement of Legislative Work

(May 3, 2011) On April 21, 2011, before the beginning of the plenary session, all 120 members of the Kyrgyz Parliament (Zhogorku Kinesh) conducted a sacrificial killing of seven lambs. This religious act conducted in the hall of the legislature was aimed at removing evil spirits from the parliament building, according to the Parliament's Speaker. […]