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Italy: Historic Constitutional Amendment in Progress

(Mar. 3, 2015) On January 27, 2015, the Italian Chamber of Deputies reviewed for a second time a constitutional amendment proposal approved by the Italian Senate. The proposed constitutional amendment contains a number of provisions that would substantially alter the parliamentary political system established in Italy under the Constitution of 1948. (Constitution of the Italian […]

Kenya: Security Laws (Amendment) Bill Enacted

(Dec. 30, 2014) On December 19, 2014, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the controversial Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014, a day after Parliament approved the law amid nationally televised chaos involving heckling and fistfights, as some members sought to air their strong opposition to the proposal. (Chaos in Kenyan Parliament, CAPITAL FM KENYA […]

Bangladesh: Sixteenth Amendment to Constitution Empowers Parliament to Impeach Justices

(Nov 10, 2014) Bangladesh Act No XIII of 2014 amended the Constitution of Bangladesh, empowering Parliament to impeach Supreme Court judges. (Sadiat Mannan, Parliament and Judiciary: Striking a Balance, DAILY STAR, (Oct. 20, 2014).) Part VI, chapter one, article 96, of the Bangladesh Constitution, which includes provisions on the tenure of office of the Supreme […]

Indonesia: Law Amended to Give Lawmakers Added Protection

(July 21, 2014) The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. Aritonang, New Law Shields House Members from Corruption Investigations, JAKARTA POST (July 14, 2014).) This Law sets rules […]

Israel: Supreme Court Dismisses Petition to Order Withdrawal of Legislative Research Report

(June 13, 2014) Israel’s Supreme Court recently dismissed a petition by the Manufacturers Organization of Israel (MOI) to order the Knesset Information and Research Center (KIRC) to withdraw a report that it had made to the Knesset Joint Committee on Economic Affairs and Finance. (MOI v. Knesset- KIRC [in Hebrew], State of Israel: The Judicial […]

Tunisia: Parliament Passes New Election Laws

(May 7, 2014) Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia’s assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs the country’s presidential and the parliamentary elections. (The National Assembly Passes New Election Law [in Arabic], AL […]

Swaziland: Call for More Women in Parliament

(Mar. 21, 2014) A prominent human rights activist has called on the parliament of Swaziland to live up to the constitutional requirement for participation of women in the legislature. Doo Aphane, a Swazi lawyer and Director of Women for Women Development Consultancy, said that women have a right and an obligation to participate fully in […]

Lebanon: Formation of New Government Creates Constitutional Conundrum

(Mar. 6, 2014) On February 15, 2014, a new government was formed in Lebanon after more than ten months of political struggle and maneuvering between the Coalition of March 8, in which Hizbullah (also transliterated as Hezbollah) is the most powerful member, and the Coalition of March 14, in which the Future Movement of the […]

France: New Law Places Limits on Holding Multiple Political Offices

(Feb. 18, 2014) On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions exécutives locales avec le mandat de représentant au Parlement européen [Draft Law to Prohibit the Concurrent Holding of Local Executive Offices […]

Mexico: Federal Senators Seek Transparency of Allocated Financial Resources

(Feb. 18, 2014) Senators of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI), National Action Party (Partido Acción Nacional, PAN), Party of the Democratic Revolution (Partido de la Revolución Democrática, PRD), and Ecological Green Party of Mexico (Partido Verde Ecologista de Mexico, PVEM) will propose a new regulation on transparency of the Senate aimed at […]