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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. […]

Uganda: Speaker Orders 77 Members of Parliament to Vacate Their Seats

(Feb. 17, 2011) On February 11, 2011, Edward Ssekandi, the Speaker of the 332-member unicameral Ugandan Parliament, ordered 77 MPs to vacate their seats in the eighth Parliament. The term for this Parliament ends in May of this year (Yasiin Mugerwa, Uganda: 77 MPs Thrown Out, THE MONITOR (Feb. 15, 2011), The Speaker's action […]

Russia: Public Discussions on Bills Will Be Initiated

(Feb. 15, 2011) On February 9, 2011, the President of the Russian Federation signed a decree under which federal constitutional laws and federal laws that address major issues of the country's social and economic development may be brought before the public for discussion. The decree, which was published on the official website of the President, […]

Uganda: Court Issues Ruling That May Force 70 MPs to Lose Their Seats

(Feb. 7, 2011) On February 1, 2011, the Ugandan Constitutional Court issued a ruling that may force 70 of the 332-member unicameral Ugandan Parliament to vacate their seats. The ruling found it unconstitutional for an MP to switch party affiliations without vacating his/her office. (Ephraim Kasozi, 70 MPs Must Lose Seats, Orders Court, DAILY NATION […]

India: Telecom Scandal Brings Parliament to Standstill

(Dec. 23, 2010) The most recent in a series of telecommunications scandals in India has brought the Parliament to a standstill. The scandal involves the licensing of the telecom spectrum for 2G (second generation) services in 2008. Former central government minister A. Raja disregarded warnings to use the auction mechanism and to conduct the licensing […]

Africa: Pan-African Parliament to Become Continent-Wide Legislative Body

(Nov. 23, 2010) It was reported on November 22, 2010, that the Pan-African Parliament is on the verge of becoming a continent-wide legislative body with the authority to make laws binding on all members of the African Union (AU). (Fred Oluoch, Pan African Parliament Soon to Make Laws Binding AU Members, THE EAST AFRICAN (Nov. […]

Israel: Establishment of Museum for Knesset

(July 23, 2010) On July 6, 2010, Israel's Knesset (Parliament) passed a law to establish a museum for the Knesset in Jerusalem, in the building that had housed the first five Knessets from 1950 to 1966, before the parliamentary body moved to its current location. According to explanatory notes of the bill, several significant historical […]

Canada: Government Proposes to Set Term-Limits for Senators

(Apr. 8, 2010) The Government of Canada has recently introduced a bill that would limit persons appointed to the Senate after its enforcement date to one term of eight years. (An Act to Amend the Constitution Act (Senate Term Limits, Bill C-10, 40th Parl. 3d Sess., (last visited Apr. 7, 2010).) In introducing this […]

Vietnam: Revised Draft Capital Law Made Public

(Mar. 2, 2010) It was reported on February 22, 2010, that Vietnam's Ministry of Justice has placed on its website a revised draft of the Capital Law. Provisions that would have given Hanoi municipal officials the right to issue laws different from those of the central government, “so long as they were within the framework […]

Laos: Investment Law Modified, Other Legislation Passed

(Aug. 3, 2009) As was reported at a press conference held by Thongteun Sayasane, the spokesman for the legislature of the Southeast Asian nation of Laos, the country has taken action to permit foreign investors to buy and sell office buildings. The National Assembly, in addition to approving several reports and action plans, adopted an […]