Tag: Legislatures and Parliaments

Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, Resigns, Turning Chaos Into Uncertainty

ROME — The most nationalist, populist and dysfunctional Italian government in decades collapsed on Tuesday as the country’s prime minister announced his resignation in the face of a mutinous power play by the hard-line and increasingly popular interior minister, Matteo Salvini. “The interior minister followed personal and party interests,” by calling for elections and pulling […]

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Italy’s Government Faces a Confidence Vote Where Nothing Is Certain

ROME — This month, Matteo Salvini, the surging leader of Italy’s anti-migrant League party, announced that he’d had it with his own coalition government and wanted new elections. “I ask the Italian people if they want to give me full powers to do what we have promised to do, and go all the way without […]

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The Silence Is the Loudest Sound

NEW DELHI — As India celebrates her 73rd year of independence from British rule, ragged children thread their way through traffic in Delhi, selling outsized national flags and souvenirs that say, “Mera Bharat Mahan.” My India is Great. Quite honestly, it’s hard to feel that way right now, because it looks very much as though […]

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In Looming Brexit Clash, U.K. Constitution Could Be the Loser

LONDON — What if Britain’s Parliament voted to remove Prime Minister Boris Johnson from office and he refused to leave, igniting a constitutional crisis? This is not some far-fetched theory. The possibility of Mr. Johnson refusing to step down was reported to have been raised recently by his top deputy and strategist, Dominic Cummings. As […]

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Lawmaker Kicked Out of Kenyan Parliament for Taking Baby to Work

NAIROBI, Kenya — A Kenyan lawmaker was kicked out of the parliamentary chamber on Wednesday for bringing her infant daughter in with her, in a move that drew outrage from some fellow politicians and the public. The lawmaker, Zuleikha Hassan, said she took her baby with her to work at the National Assembly in Nairobi, […]

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Pakistan Hits Back at India Over Kashmir Move, Targeting Bilateral Trade

NEW DELHI — Pakistan announced plans on Wednesday to punish India for unilaterally wiping out the autonomy of Kashmir by ending bilateral trade, downgrading diplomatic ties and expelling India’s high commissioner to the country. A statement from a national security committee headed by the Pakistani prime minister, Imran Khan, said the changes would be put […]

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The Death and Birth of Europe’s Parties

PARIS — Political parties, Article 4 of the French Constitution states, “contribute to the expression of the vote. They are set up freely and carry out their activities accordingly. They must respect the principles of national sovereignty and of democracy.” Gen. Charles de Gaulle, who oversaw the drafting of the Constitution in 1958, did not […]

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India Faces Criticism Over Its Move to Revoke Kashmiri Autonomy

NEW DELHI — India-administered Kashmir remained in lockdown Tuesday and India faced mounting criticism, a day after New Delhi stripped the disputed territory of its autonomy. The prime minister of Pakistan, which claims part of Kashmir and has fought two wars with India over it, lashed out at his counterpart, Narendra Modi, accusing him of […]

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Boris Johnson’s Majority Falls to One Seat, Heightening Chances of an Election

LONDON — Boris Johnson has been British prime minister for barely a week, and the honeymoon appears to be over. His Conservative Party lost a special election, cutting his working majority in Parliament to just one seat at a critical moment for the country. The narrow defeat in a previously Conservative-held district, the Brecon and […]

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Is Putin Burning Out?

ImageCreditSputnik/Reuters With demonstrations that won’t stop, and arrests reaching 1,000 in a single day, Moscow is buzzing about a surge of political activism. Having been disappointed so often in the past, of course, Russian democrats know not to get their hopes up: President Vladimir Putin remains firmly in charge. Yet his footing is less sure. […]

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Japan’s Leader Wants to Empower Women. Just Not in His Party.

ImageCreditKazuhiro Nogi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images TOKYO — The main issue at stake in last Sunday’s election of the upper house of Parliament was whether the ruling coalition and its allies would win the super majority they needed to amend Japan’s pacifist Constitution. They didn’t. Less noted was another failure of the prime minister’s camp: […]

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The Last Thing Israel Needs Is Yet Another Election

TEL AVIV — This is a good year for Israelis who love political statistics. This month, Benjamin Netanyahu surpassed Israel’s first prime minister. David Ben Gurion to become the country’s longest-serving prime minister. On May 30, the Knesset dissolved itself a month after it was sworn in, making its parliamentary term the shortest in Israel’s […]

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Boris Johnson to Take Leadership of a Britain in Deep Crisis

LONDON — Boris Johnson, the brash standard-bearer for a British exit from the European Union, won the contest to become the next prime minister on Tuesday, at a critical moment in his country’s history and with less political clout than just about any of its leaders since the Second World War. His Conservative Party holds […]

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For Boris Johnson, the Tumult Begins Inside Downing Street

LONDON — As he finally moves into the job he has wanted all his life, the newly anointed prime minister, Boris Johnson, brings with him a formidable array of challenges, the most pressing being his promise to extricate Britain from the European Union. He also brings a chaotic personal life and, as the first single […]

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The Risks of Radical Renewal in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine — Voters across the country took another leap of faith on Sunday, handing yet more power to their new and untested leader. In April, the former comedian Volodymyr Zelensky went from playing an accidental president on television to unexpectedly becoming the country’s real-life president. In this weekend’s parliamentary elections, he led his party […]

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Britain’s New Liberal Democrats Leader, Jo Swinson, Could Be a Kingmaker

LONDON — In a tumultuous week for British politics, the contest to become leader of the centrist Liberal Democrats was doubtlessly the undercard, featuring two little-known lawmakers who disagreed politely and are not within a sniff of 10 Downing Street. But despite being in the shadow of Boris Johnson, the Conservative Party firebrand, the new […]

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Sánchez Struggles to Assemble New Government in Spain

MADRID — Pedro Sánchez and his Socialist party won Spain’s national elections in April. If only it were that easy. Nothing now is straightforward in Spanish politics, where winning is relative in a polarized and fragmented landscape. The Socialists secured the most seats in Parliament, but fell short of a majority. So this week, Mr. […]

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The Making of Boris Johnson

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher After trying and failing to withdraw Britain from the European Union, Theresa May will resign this week as the country’s prime minister. Here’s how the man expected to succeed her, Boris Johnson, made Brexit — and […]

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President Duterte’s War on Drugs Is a Pretense

MANILA — Since taking office just over three years ago, President Rodrigo Duterte has not only overseen a murderous campaign on drug users and sellers. He has also unleashed a brazen assault on the country’s democratic institutions — at times, using his so-called war on drugs as a pretense for going after his political adversaries […]

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In Ukraine Snap Elections, New President Aims to Consolidate Power

MOSCOW — Ukrainians voted on Sunday in an early parliamentary election called by President Volodymyr Zelensky, a former comedian who was elected in April, as he seeks to strengthen his position in a country that has been at war with Russian-backed rebels for more than five years. Mr. Zelensky, 41, has positioned himself as an […]

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