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New Ukraine Parliament Opens Amid Protests

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s new parliament convened Wednesday in a session marred by protests and fist fights. The session was the first since President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions secured a slim majority in October elections that observers say were marred by fraud. During the session, a fight broke out when several opposition lawmakers attacked two legislators suspected […]

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Armed Demonstrations Subside Outside Libya’s Parliament

Posted November 2nd, 2012 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Armed militiamen and protestors appear to be winding down demonstrations at Libya’s national assembly building in Tripoli following protests over the country’s newly approved cabinet. The dissent erupted Wednesday evening shortly after parliament endorsed the 30-member cabinet chosen by Prime Minister-designate Ali Zeidan. The protestors say some members of the Cabinet, most notably the foreign […]

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Kenyan President Rejects Lawmakers Bonuses

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has blocked an attempt by lawmakers to grant themselves bonuses of $110,000 each. Mr. Kibaki said in a statement that he will not sign into law a bill that would have granted the added pay to all 222 members of parliament before they step down ahead of general elections in March. […]

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Anti-Putin Lawmaker Kicked Out of Russian Parliament

Posted September 14th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Russian parliament has expelled a lawmaker who participated in protests against President Vladimir Putin. He is accused of violating the ban on operating a business while serving as a lawmaker. Gennady Gudkov said Friday’s 291-150 vote to oust him was the result of political pressure, rather than justice. Three deputies abstained from the vote. […]

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Burma’s VP Resigns in Reshuffle That Could Boost Reforms

Posted July 4th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Burma has confirmed the resignation of a conservative vice president as part of a Cabinet reshuffle that reformist lawmakers hope will reduce the influence of anti-reform figures in the government. The speaker for Burma’s two houses of parliament announced the departure of Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo for health reasons on Wednesday, as the […]

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Burma President Considering Cabinet Reshuffle to Accelerate Change: Reports

Posted July 4th, 2012 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein is reported to be planning to reshuffle his cabinet and appoint a new vice president as part of an effort to push for quicker reforms in the Southeast Asian nation. Senior government officials were quoted in reports Wednesday as saying the president will soon drop several hardliner government ministers who were […]

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Burma Parliament Reconvenes with Focus on Economy

Posted July 4th, 2012 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s parliament reconvenes Wednesday, with lawmakers set to begin debate on a series of laws aimed at developing the impoverished country’s long-stagnant economy. The new session of the National Assembly is a key test for rapidly changing Burma, which has made a series of dramatic political reforms since its long-time military rulers stepped aside last […]

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Ukraine Opposition Blocks Parliament Session After Brawl

Posted May 25th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine opposition lawmakers have physically blocked the parliament speaker’s podium to prevent debate on a language law that sparked a brawl, sending a lawmaker to the hospital. Parliament speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn on Friday said the fight showed that the body could no longer work together and called for the chamber to be disbanded and early […]

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Ukraine Parlaiment Scuffle Sends Lawmaker to the Hospital

Posted May 25th, 2012 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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A violent brawl erupted in the Ukrainian parliament Thursday, sending at least one lawmaker to the hospital. Lawmakers loyal to President Viktor Yanukovich scuffled with opposition legislators over the use of Russian as an official language in the predominantly Russian speaking eastern region. President Yanukovich supports the pro-Russian bill, but the pro-Western opposition lawmakers say […]

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Somali Lawmakers Draw Blood in Latest Fistfight

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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For the second time in a week, Somali lawmakers have traded punches on the floor of parliament amid a dispute over who holds the post of speaker. Witnesses told VOA that lawmakers also wrestled and threw chairs at one another during Wednesday’s brawl in Mogadishu. A photo taken at the scene showed a lawmaker bleeding […]

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