Tag: Legislatures and Parliaments

Iran’s Stacked Election Is Expected to Produce a Hard-Line Parliament

When Iranians go to the polls on Friday they will be taking part in what may be the least representative and least fair election in the Islamic Republic’s history. While Iran’s parliamentary elections have never been free and democratic, Iran’s clerical leadership disqualified more than 7,000 candidates from running this year, including most of the […]

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Ex-North Korean Diplomat Runs for South Korean Parliament

SEOUL, South Korea — A former North Korean diplomat who fled his embassy posting has become the first defector to run for South Korea’s Parliament, saying on Wednesday that he was motivated by Seoul’s forced repatriation of two North Korean fishermen who wanted to defect to the South. “This was so wrong, even if they […]

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Sinn Fein on Threshold: Party With Old I.R.A. Ties Soars in Irish Election

DUBLIN — Sinn Fein, a leftist party long ostracized from Irish politics over its ties to sectarian violence, won the popular vote and seized its largest-ever share of parliamentary seats in the country’s national elections this weekend, according to results released on Sunday. The vote loosened a 90-year stranglehold on power by two center-right parties […]

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Sinn Fein Surges in Irish Elections, Exit Polls Predict

Support for Sinn Fein, the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army, surged in Ireland’s national elections on Saturday, according to exit polls. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s party, in power since 2011, was weakened but the result left open the possibility that he could still hold onto his office. If the exit polls prove […]

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With Brexit Official, Britons Start a ‘Brexodus’ From Brussels

BRUSSELS — His 13th-floor office with its panoramic views was testament to the high status Claude Moraes had attained as a senior member of the European Parliament. But on a recent morning, it was empty, save his suitcase, a laptop and phone on his bare desk. That is because Mr. Moraes is British, and his […]

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In Paris, a Mathematician Confronts the Political Odds

PARIS — On a Wednesday night in December, amid civic strife over proposed pension reforms, Cédric Villani, a prizewinning mathematician and a deputy in the National Assembly, packed the Trianon Theater and made the case that he should be elected mayor when Parisians go to the polls in March. “Is a scientist in politics incongruous?” […]

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The New Lebanon Is the Old Lebanon

On Jan. 21, Lebanese leaders agreed to form a new government. It had been a long time coming: The previous government, led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the country’s top Sunni politician, resigned in October. That was two weeks after protests erupted across the country, seeking to topple the corrupt, sectarian elite that has ruled […]

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Latin America’s Radical Feminism Is Spreading

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — During the jury selection process for Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial this month, dozens of women gathered outside a Manhattan courthouse to perform a version of the dance/chant known as “Un Violador en tu Camino,” or “A Rapist in Your Path.” First in Spanish, then in English, they sang: “Patriarchy is our […]

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How Pakistan’s Politicians Help the Military

Since its foundation in 1947, Pakistan has spent more than three decades under military rule. Even when out of power, the military has exerted behind-the-scenes influence to maintain its firm grip on politics and national security. Establishing democratic institutions, including civilian control of the military, has thus been an arduous process riddled with uncertainty, backsliding […]

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Britain Plans Vast Privacy Protections for Children

Britain unveiled sweeping new online protections for children on Tuesday, issuing expansive rules despite widespread objections from a number of tech companies and trade groups. The rules will require social networks, gaming apps, connected toys and other online services that are likely to be used by people under 18 to overhaul how they handle those […]

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