Tag: Legislatures and Parliaments

People Say Myanmar’s Constitution Can’t Be Changed. They’re Wrong.

ImageMilitary officers arriving for a parliamentary session in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Tuesday. The country’s Legislature approved the creation of a committee to review the Constitution.CreditThet Aung/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images It was one of those small, dull and bureaucratic bits of news that could have tremendous political implications: On Tuesday, Myanmar’s Legislature approved the creation […]

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What’s the Plan for Brexit? There Is No Plan

The chaos of a British exit from the European Union without a deal has been often foretold, and in frightening detail — goods stranded for weeks, shortages of medicines, flight of businesses and jobs. The deadline, 11 p.m. London time on March 29, is so close that the civil service has begun advertising for applicants […]

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Egypt’s Parliament Clears Way for El-Sisi to Rule Until 2034

CAIRO — The Egyptian Parliament approved sweeping measures on Thursday that would allow President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to extend his rule until 2034, further entrenching his authoritarian rule and enshrining in law the military’s dominance over the country. The vote by Parliament, whose workings are quietly managed by Mr. el-Sisi’s intelligence agencies, sets in motion […]

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Spain’s Leader Loses Crucial Budget Vote, Most Likely Forcing Elections

MADRID — Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of Spain lost a crucial budgetary vote in Parliament on Wednesday, most likely forcing him to call a snap national election and once again plunging the nation into political uncertainty linked to the issue of Catalan independence. It was only with the cooperation of Catalan separatist parties that Mr. […]

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Snap Elections in Spain Likely After Lawmakers Reject Budget

MADRID — Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of Spain lost a crucial budgetary vote in Parliament on Wednesday, most likely forcing him to call a snap national election and once again plunging the nation into political uncertainty linked to the issue of Catalan independence. It was only with the cooperation of Catalan separatist parties that Mr. […]

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Ethics Inquiry Opened Over Justin Trudeau’s Actions in Bribery Case

Canada’s parliamentary ethics commissioner said on Monday that he would look into allegations that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured his former attorney general to call off a criminal case against a major engineering company based in Montreal. The announcement, made in a letter to two members of Parliament, followed several days of allegations that […]

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A Military Dictatorship Like No Other

When last Friday Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Varnavadi, a sister of the king of Thailand, applied to be a candidate for prime minister in upcoming elections, she threw an already intricate political scene for a loop. Ms. Ubolratana would run for Thai Raksa Chat, one of two parties affiliated with Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck, […]

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Trump’s Plan for U.S. Forces in Iraq Met With Unified Rejection in Baghdad

President Trump’s unexpected announcement that he wanted American troops in Iraq to stay there to “watch Iran” achieved a previously unattainable goal on Monday: unity in the Iraqi political establishment. The problem for Mr. Trump was that the unity was a collective rejection of his proposal, and added momentum to proposed legislation that could hamper […]

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Venezuela’s Best Path to Democracy? Pay Off the Military

It was surely no accident that on Jan. 23, the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself the country’s legitimate president. That challenge to President Nicolás Maduro occurred on the anniversary of a military coup in 1958 that ended a decade of dictatorship and ushered in an era of Venezuelan democracy and economic progress. Venezuela’s […]

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Cooper-Boles Amendment Challenges Theresa May’s Brexit Strategy

LONDON — Under normal circumstances, the British lawmakers Nick Boles and Yvette Cooper would hardly be called rebels. Mr. Boles, an Oxford-educated Tory, comes from a long line of colonial officers and Conservative Party stalwarts. Ms. Cooper, an Oxford-educated Labour lawmaker, became a government minister at the age of 30, and was the first woman […]

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The Brexit Amendment Process That Could Reshape Britain’s Future

LONDON — On Tuesday, the British Parliament is to vote on a number of amendments to a motion outlining Prime Minister Theresa May’s Plan B for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. The casual observer will find this an opaque and arcane process, and can be forgiven for wondering why it took so long for […]

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What Is Happening in Venezuela? How It Got Here and Why It Matters

Just two weeks after President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela was sworn in for a second term, an opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, declared himself the interim president, directly challenging the country’s leadership. Tens of thousands of protesters rallied across the country on Wednesday in support of Mr. Guaidó, and the United States, Canada and many Latin […]

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Venezuela in Crisis: Guaidó vs. Maduro

Just two weeks after President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela was sworn in for a second term, an opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, declared himself the interim president, directly challenging the country’s leadership. Tens of thousands of protesters rallied across the country on Wednesday in support of Mr. Guaidó, and the United States, Canada and many Latin […]

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Who Is Juan Guaidó? Venezuela’s Young Opposition Leader

CARACAS, Venezuela — A group of soldiers turned against the government and declared allegiance to the opposition. Foreign officials say the government could soon run out of money to meet bare-bones needs. And countries across the region have called the president an illegitimate dictator. Conditions in Venezuela have deteriorated to a point where the opposition […]

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As Venezuela Crumbles, Opposition Led by Juan Guaidó Sees an Opportunity

CARACAS, Venezuela — A group of soldiers turned against the government and declared allegiance to the opposition. Foreign officials say the government could soon run out of money to meet bare-bones needs. And countries across the region have called the president an illegitimate dictator. Conditions in Venezuela have deteriorated to a point where the opposition […]

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Theresa May Offers Plan B for Brexit. It Looks a Lot Like the Defeated Plan A.

Last week, after her Brexit plan went down to the most resounding defeat in modern British history, Prime Minister Theresa May was told to come back with a Plan B. She did that Monday, and it looked a lot like Plan A, setting the stage for another battle royale with rebellious British lawmakers. Throughout the […]

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Clashes and Tear Gas in Greece as Thousands Protest Macedonia Deal

ATHENS — A peaceful demonstration by tens of thousands of people in Athens turned violent on Sunday, as protesters seeking to enter the Parliament building used clubs, firebombs and other dangerous objects to attack officers guarding the building, according to the police. For the most part, the rally, called days before the Greek Parliament was […]

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‘Order! Order!’: Parliament Speaker Is Brexit’s Surprise Star and Villain

LONDON — In the wretched purgatory that was Westminster last week, there was precisely one person who seemed to be having fun. From the silk-canopied speaker’s chair of the House of Commons, John Bercow looked out over Britain’s squabbling Parliament and brayed, “Order! Order!” in that undrownoutable voice, something like an air-raid siren with postnasal […]

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Sweden Forms a Government After 133 Days, but It’s a Shaky One

STOCKHOLM — After a deadlock lasting more than four months, Sweden got a new government on Friday, with the Social Democrats and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven holding onto power under an agreement that excludes a right-wing, anti-immigrant party. The pact is a precarious one, creating a minority government run by a coalition that had to […]

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