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Nepal president dissolves Parliament; elections next spring

Nepal president dissolves Parliament; elections next spring

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Nepal’s president has dissolved Parliament after the prime minister recommended the move amid an escalating feud within his Communist Party that is likely to push the Himalayan nation into a political crisisBy BINAJ GURUBACHARYA Associated PressDecember 20, 2020, 9:55 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKATHMANDU, Nepal -- Nepal’s president dissolved Parliament on Sunday after the prime minister recommended the move amid an escalating feud within his Communist Party that is likely to push the Himalayan nation into a political crisis.Parliamentary elections will be held on April 30 and May 10, according to a statement from President Bidya Devi Bhandari's office.Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli decided to dissolve Parliament at a Cabinet meeting Sunday and immedi...
Syrians vote for new parliament amid measures against virus

Syrians vote for new parliament amid measures against virus

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Syrians are heading to polling stations in government-held parts of the war-torn country to elect a new parliament amid strict health measures to prevent the spread of coronavirusBy ALBERT AJI Associated PressJuly 19, 2020, 10:08 AM4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDAMASCUS, Syria -- Syrians headed to polling stations in government-held parts of the war-torn country on Sunday to elect a new parliament amid strict health measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The vote is the third to take place in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011. It has killed more than 400,000, displaced half the country’s population and sent more than five million as refugees mostly into neighboring countries. The vote this year follows a new wave of U.S. sanctions that cam...
Israeli parliament to choose new speaker amid double crisis

Israeli parliament to choose new speaker amid double crisis

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli parliament will select a new speaker on Thursday after the Supreme Court forced the vote amid an unprecedented challenge to Israeli democracy unfolding amid the country's battle against the rapid spread of coronavirus. Outgoing Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein resigned in protest Wednesday. A close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Edelstein had refused to comply with a high court order to convene the plenum for a vote on his successor the same day, angrily accusing the court of an “arrogant intervention” in the legislative branch. Even in stepping down, Edelstein tried to stall the vote for several days, as his resignation would take effect 48 hours later. The court responded by stripping Edelstein of his authorities even before his resignation too...
Queen agrees to close British Parliament; opponents outraged

Queen agrees to close British Parliament; opponents outraged

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Aug. 28 (UPI) -- British Queen Elizabeth II agreed Wednesday to shut down Parliament for five weeks at Prime Minister Boris Johnson's request, drawing backlash from lawmakers working to strike a deal with the European Union before Britain leaves in two months. Johnson asked the queen to temporarily suspend Parliament from early September to Oct. 14, saying the move will allow him to better pursue his domestic policies. Opponents say he's trying to ward off interference from lawmakers hoping to block an exit without an EU agreement. Johnson has previously vowed Britain will have departed the 28-nation alliance by Nov. 1, with or without an EU agreement. He also said a reason for the move is because the present session has gone on for too long. Johnson denied the move had anything to do wi...