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Israel: High Court Rejects Petition to Open Criminal Investigation against Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Wexner Foundation

(Jan. 22, 2021) On December 29, 2020, Israel’s High Court rejected outright a petition by current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyau’s Likud party to open a criminal investigation against former Prime Minister Ehud Barak and the Wexner Foundation. (HC 3194/20 Likud v. Attorney General.) Ehud Barak is a political rival of Netanyahu. Background The petition centers […]

Jamaica: Early Election to Take Place amid COVID-19 Pandemic

(Aug. 26, 2020) On August 11, 2020, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced in Parliament that early elections would be held on September 3, 2020, with “Nomination Day” scheduled for August 18, 2020. Holness stated that the rise in COVID-19 cases and the devastating effects of the pandemic on employment in the country demanded “responsibility and […]

Georgia: Constitution and Election Code Amended to Change Electoral System

(Aug. 20, 2020) On June 29, 2020, the president of Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili, signed a new law amending the Constitution of Georgia to change the election system and electoral process in the country. (Constitutional Law, No. 6500-RS, On the Amendments to the Constitution of Georgia.) The amendments to the Constitution were published on the same […]

Paraguay: Campaign Financing Law Amended

(May 7, 2020) On February 18, 2020, Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez signed Law No. 6501/2020, amending Law No. 4743/2012 Regulating Political Financing. Law No. 6501 creates a unit within the Superior Court of Electoral Justice (Tribunal Superior de Justicia Electoral, TSJE) to be in charge of arranging, coordinating, and supervising policies and procedures to prevent […]

Iran: Parliament Refers Election Campaign Transparency Bill to Internal Affairs Commission for Further Scrutiny

(Jan. 22, 2020) On January 12, 2020, Iran’s Majles (Parliament) referred a high-priority bill to increase transparency in election campaign financing to the parliament’s Councils and Domestic Affairs Committee for further consideration. The bill is a response to discussions on political spending that arose before the last Majles election in 2016 that questioned the integrity […]

Mexico: National Electoral Institute Challenges Reduction of Its Budget Before Supreme Court

(Feb. 4, 2019) Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (Instituto Nacional Electoral, INE) filed a constitutional suit before the Supreme Court of the Nation against the reduction of 950 million pesos (nearly US$50 million) that the lower house of Congress (Cámara de Diputados, Chamber of Deputies) made to the INE’s 2019 expenditures budget and the salary reductions […]

France: Government Submits Bills on Ethics and Transparency in Politics

(June 20, 2017) On June 14, 2017, the French government submitted two bills to the French Senate on reinforcing rules of ethics and transparency in the political sphere. (Projet de loi organique (procédure accélérée) rétablissant la confiance dans l’action publique [Bill for an Organic Law (Accelerated Procedure) to Re-Establish Confidence in Public Action], No. 580, […]

Italy: Update on Legislative Electoral Reform (Italicum)

(Feb. 7, 2017) On January 25, 2017, the Italian Constitutional Court issued a decision on the constitutionality of amendments to Italicum, the colloquial name given to the electoral reform introduced by Law No. 52 of 2015 on the election of members of the Chamber of Deputies. (Decisione sulla legge elettorale cd.Italicum, Corte Costituzionale website (Jan. […]

Mongolia: Agenda for Autumn 2015 Session of Parliament

(Nov. 7, 2015) On September 20, 2015, the Chairman of the Great State Hural (Parliament), Zandaakhuu Enkhbold, gave a presentation on Mongolia’s economy to the American Chamber of Commerce in UlaanbaatarUlanbatar. Part of his remarks covered the fall agenda for the Great State Hural. Aside from what he termed “the usual suspects” – the 2016 […]