Tag: Legislatures and Parliaments

Report: Rampant Sexual Harassment in Australia’s Parliament

MELBOURNE, Australia — Men strutting down corridors looking women up and down. Women carrying fake binders to block unwanted advances. Forcible touches, kisses, comments about appearance. Fears of speaking out. A sweeping review of the workplace culture in Australia’s Parliament paints a damning picture of widespread sexual harassment, with employees sharing harrowing stories of an […]

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

Last week, Magdalena Andersson became Sweden’s first female prime minister — for all of seven hours. Less than a week later, the country’s Parliament has re-elected her to the post, with the hope that she will be able to stick around longer this time. Ms. Andersson, 54, was first chosen last Wednesday, but resigned after […]

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British Lawmaker Is Reprimanded for Bringing Her Baby to a Debate

About a third of British lawmakers are women. But female lawmakers in Britain and in legislative bodies around the world have long faced barriers, including lack of paid maternity leave. They have also been exposed to high rates of vitriol and abuse, both online and in person. In 2019, 19 female members of Britain’s Parliament […]

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Boris Johnson Battered in Parliament as Scandal Puts Him on Defense

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has long stymied opponents by bluffing and blustering his way out of corners that would trap a more conventional politician. But in Parliament on Wednesday, faced with a corruption scandal and bad news on other fronts, his Houdini-like skills deserted him. Mr. Johnson spluttered as the leader of the […]

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

Since taking power in 2019, Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, has often reversed course, changing his mind on everything from lockdown rules and school examinations to free meals for children and coronavirus restrictions at Christmas. This week, Mr. Johnson finds himself retreating again. On Wednesday he intervened to stop the suspension from Parliament of Owen […]

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Israel Passes State Budget

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Parliament narrowly approved a state budget on Thursday, the country’s first in more than three years, removing an imminent threat to the survival of the government and potentially paving the way to some political stability after a chaotic stretch of four elections within two years. “A holiday for the state of Israel!” […]

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Turkish Opposition Begins Joining Ranks Against Erdogan

But at home, his opponents are getting organized. Among those lining up to do battle are Mr. Davutoglu and a former finance minister, Ali Babacan, both former members of Mr. Erdogan’s conservative Justice and Development Party, or A.K.P., who have set up new parties. Emerging from five years in the cold after falling out with […]

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Bolsonaro’s Pandemic Handling Draws Explosive Allegation: Homicide

One of the four senators on the committee who support the president is his son, Flavio Bolsonaro. The report that he will vote on next week will recommend criminal charges against him, too. Updated  Oct. 19, 2021, 3:43 p.m. ET In addition to the homicide and genocide charges, the report recommends nine additional charges against […]

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Bolsonaro Should Face Homicide Charges Over Pandemic, Brazil Lawmakers Say

One of the four senators on the committee who support the president is his son, Flavio Bolsonaro. The report that he will vote on next week will recommend criminal charges against him, too. In addition to the homicide and genocide charges, the report recommends nine additional charges against Mr. Bolsonaro, including forging documents and “crimes […]

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

LONDON — Politicians from across the political divide on Monday united in tribute to David Amess, the British lawmaker killed in an assault last week that has heightened concerns about security arrangements for members of Parliament. The police have declared the attack a terrorist incident and have until Friday to charge the man being held […]

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Police Search for Motive in British Lawmaker’s Killing

LONDON — The police searched for answers on Sunday about what might have motivated a 25-year-old British man of Somali heritage, the suspect in the brutal slaying of a Conservative Party lawmaker during a meeting with his constituents that has shaken Britain’s political establishment. Scotland Yard has not yet publicly named the suspect, though British […]

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With Lawmaker’s Killing, the U.K. Confronts a New Episode of Terrorism

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other British leaders paid their respects on Saturday morning at a church east of London where a Conservative lawmaker was fatally stabbed a day earlier, as the country grappled with another apparent episode of lone-wolf terrorism. A somber Mr. Johnson — joined by the opposition leader, Keir Starmer, […]

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What Are Political ‘Surgeries’ in Britain?

David Amess, a British lawmaker who was stabbed to death on Friday, warned in a book published less than a year ago that attacks on members of Parliament had spoiled “the great British tradition” of voters meeting politicians, adding that a deadly assault “could happen to any of us.” That tradition of lawmakers conducting regular, […]

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Texas Is a Harbinger of Doom

When Jim Crow was originally established, it spread from state to state like a contagion, each subsequent state taking lessons from the ones before it. Mississippi was one of the states at the vanguard of the first Jim Crow; Texas may well be at the vanguard of the next. And the oppressive crusade is broader […]

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In Iraq Election, Shiite Cleric Who Fought U.S. Strengthens Power

BAGHDAD — Followers of a Shiite cleric whose fighters battled U.S. forces during the occupation made the biggest gains in Iraq’s parliamentary election,strengthening his hand in determining whether the country drifts further out of the American orbit. While independent candidates won some seats for the first time in a political landscape altered by anti-government protests, […]

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Iraqis’ Frustration Over Broken Promises Keeps Voter Turnout Low

BAGHDAD — Iraqis voted Sunday in parliamentary elections meant to herald sweeping change to a dysfunctional political system that has dragged the country through almost two decades of deprivation. A new electoral system made it easier this time for independent candidates to compete, but the vote was nonetheless expected to merely chip away at the […]

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In Iraqi Elections, Guns and Money Still Dominate Politics

BAGHDAD — Outside the headquarters of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, one of the main Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, fighters have posted a giant banner showing the U.S. Capitol building swallowed up by red tents, symbols of a defining event in Shiite history. It’s election time in Iraq, and Asaib Ahl al-Haq — blamed for attacks on […]

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A Sea of White Faces in Australia’s ‘Party of Multiculturalism’

MELBOURNE, Australia — She seemed an ideal political candidate in a country that likes to call itself the world’s “most successful multicultural nation.” Tu Le, a young Australian lawyer who is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, was set to become the opposition Labor Party’s candidate for Parliament in one of Sydney’s most diverse districts. She […]

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Skateboards, Climate Change and Freedom: Germany’s Next-Generation Parliament

BERLIN — Emilia Fester is 23 and has yet to finish college. Max Lucks is 24 and calls himself a militant cyclist. Ria Schröder is 29 and has the rainbow flag on her Twitter profile. Muhanad Al-Halak is 31 and came to Germany from Iraq when he was 11. And all of them are now […]

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Who Is Fumio Kishida, Japan’s Likely Next Prime Minister?

The man all but assured of becoming Japan’s next prime minister, Fumio Kishida, is an establishment pick who has sought to portray himself as more than just another colorless bureaucrat. Mr. Kishida, 64, has called for economic policies that would distribute more wealth to the middle class, and written that spending part of his childhood […]

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Australia’s Costs for Its Harder Line on China

CANBERRA, Australia — When Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, proclaimed a new “forever partnership” strengthening military ties with the United States, it was a decisive step in his country’s trailblazing push against a more assertive China. The decision this month to acquire American nuclear-powered submarines showed that even as Beijing has pummeled Australia with sanctions […]

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