Tag: Legislatures and Parliaments

The Emergence of India’s Rahul Gandhi

India has started to vote in the general elections, a seven-phase process involving 900 million voters, whose results will be known on May 23. Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, who is leading the campaign for his governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, is not dwelling on his record in office or his plans […]

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Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Parties Embrace Technology and Emerge Stronger

MODIIN ILLIT, West Bank — The business center in the ultra-Orthodox settlement of Modiin Illit employs scores of strictly observant women in financial services and technology firms. It has long been touted as a sign of modernization and “Israelization” in insular communities. Before this month’s parliamentary election in Israel, opinion polls and analysts suggested that […]

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What’s a Feminist Government? Canada, and Trudeau, Grapple With the Question

OTTAWA — It was the sort of audience meant to be a natural fit for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada — more than 300 young women taking part in a “Daughters of the Vote” day of civic engagement in Parliament. But no sooner had he begun to speak than several dozen of the women […]

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New Zealand Passes Law Banning Most Semiautomatic Weapons, Weeks After Massacre

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Less than a month after 50 Muslim worshipers in the city of Christchurch were fatally shot in terrorist attacks on two mosques, New Zealand passed a law banning most semiautomatic weapons on Wednesday — a measure supported by all but one of Parliament’s 120 lawmakers. The passage of the bill means […]

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How Israel Chooses a Leader and What’s at Stake

Israel is holding a parliamentary election on Tuesday, bringing an end to a neck-and-neck campaign in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the veteran politician of the Israeli right and one of the country’s longest-serving leaders, faced the strongest challenge in years. Mr. Netanyahu’s tenure has been marked by a collapse of peace talks with the […]

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‘Veggie Discs’ Could Replace Burgers Under European Food Labeling Proposal

What’s in a mushroom burger? Or a veggie sausage? Perhaps worried that you may be confused, some epicures at the European Parliament have proposed a new rule: If a product does not contain meat, it cannot be called a burger or a sausage or a steak. The proposed amendment was passed by the body’s agricultural […]

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A Death on Video Makes Euthanasia Spain’s Issue of the Moment

MADRID — Ángel Hernández adjusted the purple blanket covering his wife, María José Carrasco, before asking her whether she was ready to die. “The sooner, the better,” she replied. On Wednesday, Mr. Hernández released a video of his last conversations with his wife, who had multiple sclerosis, shortly before helping her swallow a deadly substance. […]

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Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn Consider Something New on Brexit: Cooperation

LONDON — After doing battle for years over how to withdraw Britain from the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May and the opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, are expected to meet on Wednesday as potential but wary partners, following her stunning decision to reverse field and seek Mr. Corbyn’s help to get a plan through Parliament. […]

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Trudeau and Liberal Party Expel 2 Ex-Ministers at Center of Storm

OTTAWA — After promising an open and collaborative way of doing politics, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada on Tuesday axed from his party two prominent former female cabinet ministers who have been at the center of a festering political crisis about his handling of a criminal case. Trying to divert the country’s attention from […]

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Britain Will Have to Pass Theresa May’s Brexit Plan, E.U. Warns

BRUSSELS — If Britain ever wants an orderly exit from the European Union, it must pass the withdrawal agreement painfully negotiated with the bloc, Michel Barnier, its chief Brexit negotiator, warned on Tuesday. To date, the British Parliament has already rejected the agreement three times by margins varying from historic to hefty, though Prime Minister […]

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A New Egyptian Power Play

As President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt prepares constitutional changes that could keep him in power until 2034 and enhance military control over the country, President Trump is preparing to welcome him to the White House. This is the second time Mr. Trump will bestow this diplomatic gift on Mr. el-Sisi, one of the most […]

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A Third Strike, but Britain Is Not Quite Out

Friday was supposed to be Brexit day, the day Britain would exit from the European Union with or without a deal. Instead, with the deadline pushed back, the embattled British Parliament capped a week of extraordinary turmoil on Friday with another decisive rejection of Prime Minister Theresa May’s terms for leaving the union. That set […]

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The One Clear Thing About Thailand’s Very Messy Election

ImageThanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the leader of the Future Forward party, with fans, in Bangkok, this month.CreditDuncan McCargo Thailand’s election last Sunday — the first in eight years and since the military deposed a democratically elected government in 2014 — was expected to be a tough fight. But the high-stakes contest has also turned out to be […]

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Brexit Process Remains Deadlocked, but Theresa May Plans a Last-Ditch Vote on Friday

LONDON — Britain’s tottering efforts to leave the European Union remained at an impasse on Thursday as allies of Prime Minister Theresa May tried to keep her deal alive in the face of unbending opposition. The deal, already defeated twice in Parliament, was given new life on Wednesday after Mrs. May promised Conservative Party colleagues […]

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Brexit Process Remains Deadlocked as Theresa May Searches for Support

LONDON — Britain’s tottering efforts to leave the European Union remained at an impasse early Thursday as allies of Prime Minister Theresa May tried to keep her deal alive in the face of unbending opposition. The deal, already defeated twice in Parliament, was given new life on Wednesday after Mrs. May promised Conservative Party colleagues […]

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Theresa May Put Her Head on the Block for Her Brexit Deal. It Might Not Be Enough.

LONDON — One thing that we have learned about Prime Minister Theresa May over the last two years: She does not give up. Even when her task seems impossible, when she fails on the most public stage imaginable, when she is sick, and tired, and subjected to another round of jeers and sneers from the […]

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Who Could Replace Theresa May as Britain’s Prime Minister?

Who will be the next prime minister of Britain if Theresa May steps down? A surprise offer on Wednesday by Mrs. May to step aside if her plan for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union were approved prompted political analysts to speculate about who might replace her. While Mrs. May did not specify a date […]

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Theresa May Promises to Step Down if U.K. Parliament Backs Brexit Plan

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain told Conservative lawmakers on Wednesday that she would step down if Parliament approved her plan for withdrawal from the European Union. “I have heard very clearly the mood of the parliamentary party,” Mrs. May told Tory lawmakers. “I know there is a desire for a new approach, […]

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U.K. Parliament Faces a Key Brexit Question: What Does It Want?

LONDON — Trying to take control of Britain’s tortured departure from the European Union, lawmakers will attempt on Wednesday to answer the crucial question that has gone unanswered for two years: What does Parliament want? Over the opposition of Prime Minister Theresa May, lawmakers are expected to vote on a range of options for the […]

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