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Italy: Constitutional Referendum Scheduled

(Nov. 18, 2016) On December 4, 2016, Italy is scheduled to hold a major constitutional referendum.  (Referendum, si vota il 4 dicembre. Renzi: «La partita è ora» [Referendum, the Vote Takes Place on December 4. Renzi: ‘The Match Is Now’], CORRIERE DELLA SERA (Sept. 26, 2016).)  The proposed amendments would drastically change the nature of […]

Israel: Laws Authorize Expulsion of Lawmakers Engaged in Incitement to Racism or Support of Armed Struggle Against the State

(July 21, 2016) On July 20, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Basic Law: the Knesset (Amendments No. 44) (BLK), and the Knesset Law (Amendment No. 43) (KL), both dated 5776-2016.  (Knesset website (click on Issue No. 216 (last visited July 20, 2016) (both laws in Hebrew); Basic Law: the Knesset, (5718 – 1958), […]

Vanuatu: Amendments to Reserve Seats in Parliament for Women to Be Introduced

(May 27, 2016) On May 20, 2016, the Vanuatu Minister of Justice, Ronald Warsal, stated in a radio interview that the government would introduce a bill that would reserve a certain number of seats for women in the Parliament.  (Michael Walsh, Vanuatu Paves Way for Women’s Seats in Parliament, ABC NEWS (May 20, 2016).)  The […]

Turkey: Constitutional Amendment Adopted to Allow Certain Legislators to Be Stripped of Immunity

(May 25, 2016) On May 20, 2016, the Grand National Assembly (parliament, GNA) of Turkey voted in favor of a draft constitutional amendment, sponsored by the 316-seat ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP, Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi), that would strip almost 140 Members of Parliament of their privilege of immunity from prosecution. (Turkish Parliament Controversially […]

Uganda: Legislators Revise Tax Law Proposal on Parliamentary Allowances

(Apr. 25, 2016) On April 14, 2016, Uganda’s legislature voted to amend the country’s proposed law on taxation. The change will revise the Income Tax (Amendments) Bill, 2016, to exempt from taxation some payments made to legislators. (Yasin Mugerwa, Ugandan MPs Amend Income Tax Law to Secure Tax Exemption, KFM (Apr. 15, 2016), Open Source […]

Cambodia: Opposition Legislator Arrested on Charges of Incitement

(Apr. 14, 2016) On April 10, 2016, Cambodian authorities arrested Um Sam An, an opposition legislator. He had been critical of the way the government had determined the border of Cambodia with neighboring Vietnam. His arrest in Siem Reap province, shortly after he returned from a trip to the United States, was announced by Khieu […]

Vanuatu: Fourteen Politicians Sentenced to Prison for Corruption

(Oct. 26, 2015) On October 22, 2015, the Vanuatu Supreme Court sentenced 14 sitting members of parliament (MPs), including the Speaker of Parliament and the Deputy Prime Minister, to terms of imprisonment after their conviction on bribery and corruption charges.  (Vanuatu Court Sentences MPs, Including Former PMs Carasses and Vohor, to Jail for Corruption, ABC […]

Israel: New Provisions on Cessation of Knesset Membership by Ministers or Deputy Ministers

(Oct. 2, 2015) On July 30, 2015, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to Basic Law: The Knesset that provides that a Knesset Member may resign from Knesset membership upon assuming ministerial or Deputy Ministerial position in the government. (Basic Law: The Knesset – 1958, Knesset website; Basic Law: The Knesset (Amendment No. 42) […]

Indonesia: Court Rules on Presidential Role in Investigating Legislators

(Sept. 28, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia issued a ruling that establishes that law enforcement officers must have the approval of the President of the country before they can begin any criminal investigations of the country’s legislators. (Court Rules President, Not House, Must Approve Criminal Probes into Legislators, JAKARTA GLOBE […]

Israel: Conviction of Former Arab-Israeli Parliamentarian for Visiting Syria Upheld

(Sept. 11, 2015) On August 31, 2015, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by former Knesset Member (KM) Said Nafa against his conviction by the Nazareth District Court on charges of committing the offenses of unlawfully visiting an enemy country, providing unlawful assistance to others by arranging their visit to an enemy country, and making […]