DRC Parliament drops contested part of election bill: Speaker

The Democratic Republic of Congo`s lower house of parliament on Saturday agreed to scrap a contested part of an electoral bill that would have enabled President Joseph Kabila to extend his grip on power and that triggered days of deadly protests.

Iran lawmakers drafting law on nuclear enrichment hike

Iran`s parliament has started to draft a law that would allow the country`s nuclear scientists to intensify their uranium enrichment, a step that could complicate ongoing talks with world powers.

DR Congo Senate backs down on electoral bill behind violence

The Democratic Republic of Congo`s Senate on Friday backed down on an electoral bill that triggered deadly protests in Kinshasa, with foes of President Joseph Kabila fearing it would prolong his term in office.

Portuguese Parliament votes against gay couples adopting

Portugal`s parliament on Thursday rejected draft laws to allow gay couples to adopt children, despite a strong vote in favour by the left-wing Socialists which left the margin smaller than ever.

British government seeks vote on plain cigarette packaging

The British government said Wednesday it would seek a vote on forcing tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packaging before the current parliament ends ahead of a May election.

Amnesty calls Spain criminal code reform `serious setback`

Amnesty International on Wednesday blasted a planned reform of Spain`s criminal code, which stiffens prison terms for troubling the public order and opens the door to life sentences, as a "serious setback".

Guyana president announces May polls to clear impasse

Guyana will hold general elections on May 11, President Donald Ramotar said on Tuesday, after the opposition refused to hold talks to end his two-month suspension of parliament.

Nepal MPs brawl as anger over constitution boils over

 Fighting broke out in Nepal`s parliament Tuesday, with Maoist lawmakers throwing chairs and injuring four security officers as tensions ran high ahead of a deadline to complete a new national constitution.

After President's objection govt discusses Ordinance issue

With President Pranab Mukherjee voicing his objection to the 'Ordinance route', senior ministers met here on Tuesday to discuss how to ensure that the Ordinances issued recently are followed up with legislative action in the upcoming Budget session next month.

Obstructionism should not make headlines: Naidu

 After Union Minister Arun Jaitley spoke out against media trials, his Cabinet colleague M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday asked the press to play a "responsible and constructive" role and lamented that instead of constructive debates, "obstructive" approach was making news.

Pak protesters demand death for Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, shoot at AFP journo
Pak protesters demand death for Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, shoot at AFP journo

The Pakistani Police on Friday fired water cannon and bullets in the air as they clashed with anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters outside the French consulate in Pakistan`s port city of Karachi. 

Mozambique's Renamo boycotts parliament and threatens secession

Mozambique`s main opposition party Renamo on Monday boycotted the opening of parliament in protest at last October`s election results as its leader threatened to create a parallel government.

Govt can't blame Opposition for bedlam in Parliament: Yechury

Senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday said the Government can't escape from its responsibility by blaming Opposition for frequent disruptions in Parliament, and questioned the ruling alliance over taking frequent recourse to ordinance route to push through legislations.

Conducive atmosphere for smooth running of Parl missing: Kurien

Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien on Wednesday lamented that "conducive" atmosphere for smooth functioning of Parliament was missing and asked government and opposition to behave "responsibly" to end frequent disruptions of proceedings and resultant stalemate.

Top Turkey court rules against lowering electoral threshold

 Turkey`s constitutional court on Tuesday ruled against lowering the 10-percent election threshold for political parties to enter Parliament, media said.

Nawaz Sharif calls all parliamentarians meeting today


Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called all parliamentarians for a breakfast meeting on Tuesday morning at National Assembly`s Speakers Lounge.

Don't denigrate Parliament through words or deeds: Naqvi to MPs

Underlining role of parliamentary democracy in protecting Constitutional rights, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday urged the MPs not to "denigrate" Parliament through their words or deeds.

Govt compelled to take ordinance route: Naidu

With Opposition parties criticising the government for taking the ordinance route, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu Tuesday said the government was left with no option and was compelled to do so due to "obstructionist attitude" of the Congress.

Govt stalled Parliament as PM acted like 'Dhritarashtra': Azad

New Delhi: Blaming NDA government for stalling Parliament, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Friday equated Prime Minister Narendra Modi with 'Dhritarashtra' saying there was his "silent support" on contentious issues like conversions that disrupted the two Houses.

Country needs a strong opposition: Deve Gowda

The Samajwadi Party, RJD, JD(S) and JD(U) have decided to come together to launch a strong opposition in Parliament, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda said on Friday.