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Ukraine’s snap election: what does this mean for the conflict?

Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, has called a snap parliamentary election. It will be held on 26 October. While Ukraine has been wracked by political tensions since early summer, Poroshenko's announcement isn’t just about consolidating his legislative power in Kiev. Show More Summary

Sunnis Pull Out of Iraq Talks After Mosque Attack

(BAGHDAD) — Two Sunni parliamentary blocs have suspended talks on forming a new Iraqi government to protest an attack on a Sunni mosque that killed at least 64 worshippers during Friday prayers. The blocs affiliated with Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri and Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Al-Mutlak are demanding that outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and…

Welfare Changes Will Be Counter-Productive, Senate Inquiry Hears

Proposed Abbott Government changes to the weflare system will demotivate rather than assist people in work, a parliamentary inquiry has been told.

Khan's lawmakers to resign in Pakistan poll row

last weekNews : The Newsroom

Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan's party announced Monday it is to renounce all its parliamentary seats, in a bitter row with the government over alleged poll rigging. Former cricket star Khan claims last year's general election,...Show More Summary

Feminisation Of Politics Is Making Parliament Boring Says Labour MP

Veteran Labour left-winger, Austin Mitchell MP has claimed that all-women shortlists for British Parliamentary seats are leading to a “feminisation” of British politics, which is making the House of Commons boring. Mitchell, who is retiring...Show More Summary

Twelve months after the Syria vote, David Cameron is doing a much better job of handling the Iraq crisis

This time last summer, I was gearing up to vote against the Government over Syria. Realising at the last minute that they did not have Parliamentary backing for a military strike, ministers filleted their own Commons motion, and brought forward a couple of face-saving paragraphs which their own backbenchers, like me, could support. Even then [...]

UK Parliament To Promote Chess

The UK has just announced an All Party Parliamentary Group on Chess with the aim of promoting the game. It is an exciting development and one that many other countries could look to emulate. But I doubt if anything like this could be done in Australia any time soon.The BBC has an audio of the news that features Malcolm Pein.

Seat of the week: Groom

Located in the Darling Downs and dominated by Toowoomba, the seat of Groom has provided a secure electoral base for Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane through a parliamentary career going back to 1998.

Turkey's Erdogan urges his party to forge ahead with new constitution

By Gulsen Solaker ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan urged his AK Party on Thursday to secure a stronger parliamentary majority next year to enable them to re-write the constitution, signalling no let-up in his drive to strengthen the presidency. Show More Summary

Uganda President Claims To Be Interested In Less Harsh Anti-Homosexuality Laws

2 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has urged the country’s Parliamentary Caucus, led by the National Resistance Movement, not to prioritize the resurrection of its anti-homosexuality law, despite his clear intention to bring it back, albeit with different terms. A revised version...

Uganda anti-gay law to be re-introduced in parliament: speaker

2 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

Kampala (AFP) - Ugandan lawmakers will vote on reinstating a severe anti-gay law just weeks after it was scrapped by the country's constitutional court, the parliamentary speaker said on Tuesday.

Adrian Sanders Voices Support For Improving Cancer Patient Experience

Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay, Adrian Sanders has supported Macmillan Cancer Support’s campaign to improve cancer patient care by attending a Parliamentary event with people affected by cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support is urging all Westminster parties to prioritise cancer ahead of the next general election and commit to ensuring all cancer patients are treated with […]

IRAN: 17% Of Students Identify As Gay In Survey Conducted By Government

2 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

From the Economist: An 82-page document recently issued by Iran’s parliamentary research department is stark in its findings. Not only are young adults sexually active, with 80% of unmarried females having boyfriends, but secondary-school pupils are, too. Show More Summary

Italy slips again into recession: time for Renzi to re-focus his reform plans?

When Matteo Renzi was widely tipped to take over as Italian Prime Minister back in February, we wrote on this blog: Renzi may be able to muster wider parliamentary support than [his predecessor Enrico] Letta, but he would still be stuck...Show More Summary

Iraq Shiite bloc 'names alternative to Maliki' as PM candidate

Baghdad (AFP) - Iraq's National Alliance parliamentary bloc has chosen Haidar al-Abadi as its nominee for prime minister in place of incumbent Nuri al-Maliki, sources in parliament told AFP Monday.

Egypt Court Dissolves Muslim Brotherhood's Political Wing

CAIRO, Egypt — An Egyptian court on Saturday dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, preventing its participation in the parliamentary elections. The Muslim Brotherhood itself wasShow More Summary

Seat of the week: Jagajaga

Covering the eastern reaches of Melbourne, the electorate of Jagajaga has provided a reasonably secure electoral base for Jenny Macklin's parliamentary career since 1996.

Parliamentary Group Calls for Investigation into Halal Meat

A British parliamentary committee has called for a review of how halal products are labelled after issuing a report highlighting the pain animals suffer during the ritualistic slaughter, and conflicting concerns among religious groups about how stunning affects the bleed-out from carcasses. Show More Summary

Future Movement holds Hezbollah responsible for Arsal violence

The Future Movement parliamentary bloc condemned on Tuesday the clashes between the army and gunmen from the al-Nusra Front in the northeastern town of Arsal, describing that the attack against the army an assault against the whole of Lebanon. Show More Summary

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