Tunisia’s President, Kais Saied, Proposes New Constitution

The proposal, which will be put to a national referendum on July 25, would enshrine the significant steps he has taken over the past year to dismantle the North African nation’s young democracy.

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Yair Lapid, Israel’s New Prime Minister, Played the Long Game to Power

Once mocked for his inexperience and perceived arrogance, Israel’s caretaker premier taught voters a lesson in political maturity and humility.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #yair-lapid

France’s Far Right Surges Into Parliament, and Further Into the Mainstream

Marine Le Pen’s National Rally now has a place of power in the political establishment and a chance to prove itself in the eyes of voters.

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Conservatives Lose 2 U.K. By-Elections, Adding to Pressure on Boris Johnson

The double defeat exposed the party’s vulnerabilities and was likely to revive talk of another no-confidence vote against the prime minister.

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Israeli Government Collapse Gives Netanyahu Another Chance at Power

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, lost power last year. But his base hasn’t abandoned him, and he could return to office after a snap election this fall.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government

Israel Heads for 5th Election in 3 Years After Government Collapses, Officials Say

The move follows the defection of two coalition lawmakers, giving the opposition a majority in Parliament.

#bennett-naftali, #defectors-political, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

Fears of Gridlock in France After Macron Is Left With Fragmented Parliament

President Emmanuel Macron lost his absolute majority in the lower house. Opposition groups have threatened to block his domestic agenda and even to bring down his cabinet.

#elections, #france, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government

What to Know About France’s Parliamentary Elections

President Emmanuel Macron is looking to secure a strong majority to help him pass bills during his second term, but a reinvigorated alliance of left-wing parties hopes to thwart him.

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Newly United, French Left Hopes to Counter President in Upcoming Vote

Left-wing parties have joined forces ahead of France’s two-stage parliamentary elections, hoping to revive their fortunes and put a break on President Emmanuel Macron’s agenda.

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Israel’s Government Teeters Again, Losing Vote on Law that Supports West Bank Settlers

The vote’s failure — from defections within the governing bloc and a power move by usually pro-settler opposition lawmakers — could topple the government and throw a lifeline to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

#arabs, #bennett-naftali, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #saar-gideon, #west-bank

Why Canada Races on Gun Policy When America Crawls

The speed of policymaking in Canada, and its frequent deadlock in the U.S., may come down to the rules of their political systems.

#canada, #canadian-federal-election-2019, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #mass-shootings, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #politics-and-government, #trudeau-justin, #united-states

Pakistan Raises Fuel Prices in Effort to Stabilize Economy

The interim government’s move was seen as a bid to revive a $6 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund.

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Israel’s Political Crisis Is Resolved, but Governing Remains a Strain

A lawmaker who quit the coalition last week reversed her decision on Sunday, averting the government’s imminent collapse.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #rinawie-zoabi-ghaida

Australian Democracy Comes With a Side of Grilled Onions

In a beloved tradition, every Election Day sausages are sold near polling stations as fund-raisers for local schools, churches and community groups.

#australia, #elections, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #morrison-scott-1968, #sausages

Chaos in Israel Gives New Chance to Old Face: Benjamin Netanyahu

Mr. Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, lost office last summer. Now the coalition that replaced him is crumbling — potentially leading to new elections that could return him to power.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #raam-party-israel, #rinawie-zoabi-ghaida

Taking Aim at Left-Leaning Voters, Macron Names Élisabeth Borne as Prime Minister

Élisabeth Borne, the minister of labor who previously was in charge of the environment, will be the second woman to hold the post in France.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #europe, #france, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #melenchon-jean-luc, #politics-and-government

After Lebanon’s Collapse, Can an Election Fix the Country?

On Sunday, Lebanese voters get their first chance to pass judgment on lawmakers since the economy fell apart. Few expect things to improve.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #berri-nabih, #corruption-institutional, #elections, #electric-light-and-power, #hezbollah, #khalil-ali-hassan, #lebanon, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government

Voters Have Punished Boris Johnson. Finally.

If Mr. Johnson does not go, and soon, it will be hard to avoid the conclusion that we have crossed a Rubicon from which it will be difficult to return.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments

Convincing Victory Disguises Challenges for France’s Macron

France’s runoff election was marked by a record level of abstention, and many cast a ballot only to keep the far right from power — a testament to a growing disillusionment.

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In Imran Khan’s Ouster, a Reminder of Pakistani Military’s Power

After Imran Khan’s ouster as prime minister, the legacy of his time in office is a continued military dominance of public affairs and deep polarization that could turn violent.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #islamabad-pakistan, #khan-imran, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #pakistan, #supreme-court-of-pakistan

Imran Khan Dissolves Parliament, Blocking No-Confidence Vote

Imran Khan’s actions have set up a constitutional battle over the country’s leadership. The Supreme Court is expected to address the turmoil on Monday.

#islamabad-pakistan, #khan-imran, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #pakistan, #pakistan-peoples-party, #politics-and-government, #sharif-shahbaz

New Zealand Protesters Seeded Marijuana Plants on Parliament Grounds

New Zealand officials say anti-vaccination protesters seeded cannabis during a three-week occupation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #marijuana, #new-zealand, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wellington-new-zealand

Imran Khan Defiantly Refuses to Resign as Pakistan’s Leader

Prime Minister Khan, who faces the prospect of being removed from office by Parliament, accused the United States of mounting a conspiracy to topple his government.

#defectors-political, #islamabad-pakistan, #khan-imran, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #letters, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #sharif-shahbaz, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

President Dissolves Tunisia’s Parliament, Deepening Political Crisis

President Kais Saied, who suspended Parliament last year, dismissed that body after lawmakers challenged the autocratic powers he has exercised.

#constitutions, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

President Dissolves Tunisia’s Parliament, Deepening Political Crisis

President Kais Saied, who suspended Parliament last year, dismissed that body after lawmakers challenged the autocratic powers he has exercised.

#constitutions, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

As French Elections Loom, Macron Tries to Strike a Balance

The news media calls the French president “Jupiter,” the king of the gods, but he is showing a more human face. Will it soften his image?

#de-gaulle-charles, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #france, #french-presidential-election-2022, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #zemmour-eric

India’s Congress Party Faces a Test of Survival as Punjab Votes

A defeat here, one of the few states where the once-dominant party still retains power, would be a major blow.

#aam-aadmi-party-india, #bharatiya-janata-party, #charanjit-singh-channi, #elections, #gandhi-rahul, #indian-national-congress, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government

Nepal’s Chief Justice Is Suspended, Deepening Political Chaos

Accusations and a possible ouster could aggravate divisions that have paralyzed much of the Nepal government for months.

#foreign-aid, #impeachment, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #millennium-challenge-corp, #nepal, #oli-k-p-sharma, #politics-and-government, #rana-cholendra-shumsher, #united-states-international-relations

Britain’s Conservatives Enabled Boris Johnson. How Much Will It Cost Them?

This may be a British story, but the Conservatives’ decision on Johnson’s fate will resonate among many political parties across the democratic world.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #starmer-keir, #trump-donald-j

Britain Toughens Stance on Russia, as Russia Presses NATO for Assurances

Britain moved to broaden the range of sanctions available if Russia invades Ukraine, as Moscow sent an “urgent demand” to NATO to clarify its stance.

#defense-and-military-forces, #eastern-europe, #great-britain, #lavrov-sergey-v, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #russia, #truss-elizabeth-1975, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Britain Toughens Its Stance on Russia, and Russia Seeks Answers From NATO

Britain is seeking to broaden the range of sanctions available if Russia invades Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russia asked NATO for clarity.

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Silvio Berlusconi Angles for Italy’s Presidency, Bunga Bunga and All

The billionaire former prime minister is working hard to persuade lawmakers to vote for him next week, despite an unusual résumé for a job resting on moral authority.

#berlusconi-silvio, #conflicts-of-interest, #democratic-party-italy, #di-maio-luigi, #draghi-mario, #five-star-movement-italy, #grillo-beppe, #italy, #law-and-legislation, #league-italian-political-party, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #mattarella-sergio, #politics-and-government

Italy Ponders a New Role for Draghi. Let the Politicking Begin.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi is in the running to be the next president, a powerful but often-ceremonial role that could take his hand off day-to-day affairs.

#berlusconi-silvio, #democratic-party-italy, #draghi-mario, #italy, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #mattarella-sergio, #politics-and-government

How Conservatives Could Oust Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The future of Britain’s prime minister is in doubt after he admitted attending a party while the country was under Covid lockdown. Here’s a guide to how he could be forced out, or fight on.

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Boris Johnson, Under Fire, Apologizes for Pandemic Party

The British prime minister, on the defensive after a series of ethical lapses, said, “I know there are things we simply did not get right” about a gathering at 10 Downing Street during a lockdown in 2020.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government

Suspect in South Africa’s Parliament Fire Is Sent for Psychiatric Check

If the man is found fit to stand trial, he will face charges that now include terrorism. His lawyers said he would protest with a hunger strike.

#arson, #cape-town-south-africa, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hunger-strikes, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #mafe-zandile-christmas, #mental-health-and-disorders

South Africa Parliament: Suspect Charged in Fire to Appear in Court

A 49-year-old man is facing charges of arson and theft in the blaze, which started Sunday and heavily damaged legislative buildings in Cape Town.

#cape-town-south-africa, #fires-and-firefighters, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa

Iraq Confirms Election Gains for Muqtada al-Sadr

A court certified October’s parliamentary vote that gave Muqtada al-Sadr’s party a plurality of seats, clearing a path for a government to be formed.

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U.K. Foreign Secretary Inherits Thorny Issue: Northern Ireland Talks

Liz Truss is taking charge of Brexit talks after the surprise resignation of David Frost. If she is successful, it could give her a significant political boost.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #european-court-of-justice, #european-union, #frost-david-1965, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #truss-elizabeth-1975, #united-states-international-relations

Former Immigration Minister in Denmark Sentenced to Prison for Separating Couples

Inger Stojberg was sentenced to two months’ incarceration after being found by a court to have illegally ordered the separations of married migrant couples in which at least one person was underage.

#denmark, #immigration-and-emigration, #impeachment, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #stojberg-inger

Report: Rampant Sexual Harassment in Australia’s Parliament

A sweeping report lays out a cloistered, alcohol-fueled environment where powerful men violated boundaries unchecked.

#australia, #discrimination, #higgins-brittany, #jenkins-kate-1968, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #sexual-harassment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Sweden Elects Its First Female Leader — for Second Time in a Week

The Swedish Parliament elected Magdalena Andersson as prime minister by a narrow margin. She was first elected last week, but her government soon collapsed over a budget dispute.

#andersson-magdalena-1967, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #sweden

ƒbeBritish Lawmaker Is Reprimanded for Bringing Her Baby to a Debate

Stella Creasy received a letter of complaint for attending a debate with her infant son in tow. After an outcry, the speaker of the House of Commons said that a committee would review the rules.

#creasy-stella, #great-britain, #house-of-commons-great-britain, #labour-party-great-britain, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #parenting, #politics-and-government

Boris Johnson Battered in Parliament as Scandal Puts Him on Defense

Reversals and broken promises have eroded his party’s lead in the polls, and the prime minister faces a low-grade mutiny from Conservatives angry over a proposal to limit their options for extra income.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #european-union, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #starmer-keir

Conflict-of-Interest Case Has Boris Johnson Reversing Course, Again

Britain’s prime minister intervened in the case of a Conservative Party lawmaker who faced suspension. A ferocious blowback caused him to retreat, a now familiar path.

#corruption-institutional, #cummings-dominic-1971, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #paterson-owen-william, #politics-and-government, #security-service-mi5

Israel Passes State Budget

The vote raised hopes that the country might be headed for increased political stability after the chaos of four elections in quick succession.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government

Turkish Opposition Begins Joining Ranks Against Erdogan

With an eye on elections, six parties are working on a plan to end a powerful presidency and return to a parliamentary system.

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Bolsonaro’s Pandemic Handling Draws Explosive Allegation: Homicide

A long-awaited report from a panel of Brazilian senators concludes that Jair Bolsonaro purposely let the coronavirus kill Brazilians in a failed bid for herd immunity.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #calheiros-renan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Bolsonaro Should Face Homicide Charges Over Pandemic, Brazil Lawmakers Say

A long-awaited report from Brazil’s Senate concludes that Jair Bolsonaro purposely let the coronavirus kill Brazilians in a failed bid for herd immunity.

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U.K. Leaders Praise Slain Lawmaker Amid Heightened Security Concerns

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and members of Parliament paid tribute to David Amess, who was fatally stabbed last week.

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