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Can Mahua Moitra be expelled again for the same reason?

In October 2023, a Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha, Mahua Moitra, was formally accused of "cash for query", i.e. taking money from someone in exchange for asking questions for them in the ...
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Would a Member of Parliament be able to successfully challenge her expulsion in the Courts?

In October 2023, a Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha, Mahua Moitra, was formally accused of "cash for query", i.e. taking money from someone in exchange for asking questions for them in the ...
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Why are UK General Elections near the start of a month?

The dates of the most recent UK General Elections were: Thu 4 Jul 2024 Thu 12 Dec 2019 Thu 8 Jun 2017 Thu 7 May 2015 Thu 6 May 2010 Thu 5 May 2005 Thu 7 Jun 2001 Thu 1 May 1997 Thu 9 Apr 1992 Thu 11 ...
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Will Labour party MPs sit on both sides of the House of Commons? [duplicate]

A characteristic feature of UK parliament is that the House of Commons is split in two sides, one for Conservatives and one for Labour, with minor parties filling some of the remaining seats (current ...
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How many 3rd-placed candidates does Macron's party have vs the LFI?

A proposed deal/strategy to block an RN win in the 2nd round: The high turnout on Sunday means some 300 constituencies are now facing potential three-way run-offs which, in theory, favour the RN. To ...
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Do we know a lower bound or the exact number of 3-way races in France's 2nd round of elections in 2024?

As RFI claims & explains: After Sunday's first round of voting, as many as 306 of the 577 seats in France's National Assembly could be decided in three-way races. In the last parliamentary ...
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Why are there no predictions of the South African parliament while the result is basically known but final results have not been announced?

As of noon UTC on the 2nd June the results of the South African election have not been officially announced but are expected imminently. The vote proportions are being reported to 3 significant ...
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Has a party in the UK ever won parliament while losing the popular vote?

It is at least theoretically possible for a party to win a majority in parliament while an opposing party wins a majority of the popular vote. There are 650 seats in Commons, and an average of about ...
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What are the arguments for allowing MPs in the UK to work second jobs?

UK parliamentarians are permitted to hold second jobs unless they are ministers. Many MPs, particularly amongst the Conservatives, have availed themselves of this opportunity. For example, Jacob Rees-...
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Why is legal advice provided to the Government rather than to Parliament

One of the things we've all learnt over the last few years is that Parliament is Sovereign, so why (under what principle) is legal advice provided to the Government or executive rather than to ...
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How broad was the rejection of the Ethiopia-Somaliland deal in the Somaliland parliament?

AA has a piece (from Feb) that says that legislators in the Somaliland parliament rejected the deal with Ethiopia (roughly a naval base for recognition): Lawmakers in Somalia's breakaway region of ...
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Do some countries officially limit the number of parties that can contest elections, to a number >1?

Wikipedia says that: The constitution of Somaliland only allows for the top three political parties to contest elections, to avoid the previous proliferation of clan-based parties in the 1960s. ...
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Would paying a candidate to defect to your party be bribery or break some other rule?

I'm not sure if this belongs here or over on Law.SE. There are currently rumours swirling that Reform UK have paid Lee Anderson to defect to their party. To me, this feels like it should be illegal as ...
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Does some parliamentary convention prevent Diane Abbott from speaking at this PMQs?

Diane Abbott, MP has been in the news recently following a racist verbal attack against her by a leading Conservative donor. At Prime Minister's Questions on 13 March 2024, the Leader of the ...
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Is the occurrence of sexual misdemeanors amongst the UK Conservative parliamentary party exceptional?

The 2019 intake of Conservative MPs into UK's parliament numbered 365. Since then at least 6 Tory MPs have been suspended or resigned for engaging in sexual related misconduct. These are: Julian ...
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How many seats of the 14th National People’s Congress belong to the Chinese Communist Party?

I am doing some research, and I need to know how many seats of the 14th National People’s Congress of China (2023 - 2028) are controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. As of now, Wikipedia lacks this ...
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Is there precedent for a suspension of such a large number of MPs simultaneously?

India's parliament recently suspended over 140 opposition MPs for the remainder of the current session for causing ruckus. To quote BBC for details: The [opposition] alliance has 142 MPs in the 543-...
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Do any parliaments exclude the opposition?

Reading about the clashes between the governing coalition and the opposition in NZ Parliament like this makes me wonder: Since the governing coalition got the majority sufficient to make binding ...
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Are there other European parties that officially have only one member, but get a large number of parliament seats?

Wikipedia: After the creation of the association, Wilders disabled new member registration, resulting in his remaining the sole member of the party. The party is considered unique in Dutch politics ...
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Is there a Database of votes data in world's parliaments

Following this question I was thinking if there is any "DB" official or not containing information about parliaments votes containing the subject of the vote and its results by every member. ...
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Can the UK parliament just declare Rwanda a safe-country for asylum purposes?

Earlier today (15 Nov 2023) a UK Supreme Court ruling declared that the government policy of relocating asylum seekers to Rwanda was not permissible, due to the risk of relocation back to the ...
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What's this Algerian parliamentarian tearing up in his speech in support of Gaza/Palestine?

On Oct 31 the Algerian parliament held some symbolic support session for Gaza/Palestine. There is a summary in French of what was said. However, it doesn't explain what is the stuff that a speaker is ...
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Why do the Canadian Liberals not designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization?

The Conservative Party of Canada (official opposition) has continuously called the Liberals (ruling party) to designate the IRGC (Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps) as a terrorist organization. The ...
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How and why has the UK been arresting anti-monarchy protestors?

The UK police have been arresting protesters for being anti-monarchy in public. What I want to know is: HOW: Can the UK justify these arrests within their own laws? Have they tried to? WHY: Has there ...
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What will happen in case Bill is passed by the Parliament but not sent to President for approval?

Case specific to : India What is the law/rule/protocol/convention in case when a bill is passed from both Houses of Parliament and is about to be sent to the President for his approval but is held ...
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When did a Prime Minister last miss two, consecutive Prime Minister's Questions?

Rishi Sunak was criticised at the Liaison Committee for his plans to miss two consecutive Prime Minister's Questions sessions in Parliament: Sir Chris Bryant: Remind us when a Prime Minister last ...
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What all has to happen in post-2023 election Thailand before it can have a new prime minister?

After some surprisingly strong support for "change" seen ...on 14 May 2023 to elect 500 members of the House of Representatives... Wikipedia's 2023 Thai general election; Government ...
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Have Jonathan Pie's "allegations" been supported by the Privileges Committee report? "he lied, and did it again by denying that he’d previously lied"

The Evening Standard's June 20, 2023 MPs overwhelmingly back report finding Boris Johnson deliberately misled Parliament over Partygate begins: MPs voted by 354 to seven to accept a report finding ...
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How can Herbert Kickl be "the odds-on favorite" with a "personal approval rating.. among the lowest of any Austrian politician’s"?

Politico.eu's June 6 2023 Watch out Ukraine, here comes the Hungaro-Austrian Empire begins: VIENNA — Austrian politician Herbert Kickl is a pro-Russian, anti-American conspiracy theorist who ...
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Why does England not have its own government?

There is the Welsh Government, The Northern Ireland Assembly, and The Scottish Government. All those countries are also under the Westminster government. Why does England not have its own devolved ...
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What's the highest number of amendments submitted for a law proposal in France, since 1958?

According to the French press, back on Feb 2 The members of the Social Affairs commission had been meeting since Monday morning to examine the government’s proposed pension reform and the 7,000 ...
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What does the Honorable Chairman mean?

I simply want to know what does the Honorable Chairman Nominated mean? Javed Akthar is a nominated Rajya Sabha member hence nominated, but what is that Honorable Chairman, how is that title earned. ...
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Time Limitation for matters before the UK committee of privileges

can a matter before the committee of privileges in one parliamentary term move into a new parliamentary term?
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If Turkish parliament wanted to ratify the Swedish and Finnish NATO applications, when, between now and July 1, would it be able to do so?

If Turkish parliament wanted to ratify the Swedish and Finnish NATO Accession Protocols then when, between now and July 1, would it be able to do so? Considerations include the following: Parliament ...
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Was a Czech president ever successful in having a legislation proposal dropped after his veto or threat thereof?

The Czech constitution gives the President a veto power on legislation, but this can be overridden by 50% (+1 I assume) of the absolute number of parliamentarians, which may be slightly difficult in ...
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Which countries allow MPs to vote by proxy?

According to this article, an MP can vote by proxy in the UK: (..) the Commons has reverted to its usual rules and processes for voting, meaning that divisions take place in person with proxy votes ...
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Why are some parliaments 4 years long, whereas others are 5?

Is five years the usual length of a UK Parliament? Then why were some only four years long, such as from 1997 to 2001 and from 2001 to 2005? Did the Prime Minister call for these early elections, and ...
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Can a member of the royal family stand in parliamentary elections?

In monarchies where the monarch has limited power, with the government being mostly democratically elected, can a member of the royal family stand in elections to become a Member of Parliament and ...
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How are the members of the Indian upper house elected?

How are members of the upper house of the Indian parliament, the Rajya Sabha, elected or selected? Are they elected by the direct vote of people? Or are they elected by the vote of lower house members?...
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Why does it have to be 50-50 in Germany's Bundestag [duplicate]

In Germany's Bundestag, 299 seats are for proportional representation and the other 299 are for regional representation in a first-past-the-post system. Is it just a coincidence that the seats are ...
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Does anything prevent a no-confidence vote in the UK Government at this time?

The latest UK Prime Minister is currently in quite a bad spot. The universally panned mini-budget has inflicted so much chaos the BoE has had to step in, and the Chancellor has been sacked a little ...
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Countries with a very plural congress/parliament

As Brazil heads toward it's runoff, one striking feature is that it's very multiparty. No party has more than 13/81 and 77/513 senate and house seats, respectively (about 15%). Are there any countries ...
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Is the Mini-Budget subject to a vote in parliament and if so, when?

The speed of the news cycle and market reactions make it seem that Mini-Budget is something that has already happened, but my understanding is that this should still be subject to a vote in parliament....
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What political power does former prime minister Boris Johnson wield?

Ignorant American here - I apologize if this has an obvious answer. Boris Johnson is no longer prime minister, but he will retain his seat (AFAIK) in the House of Commons. Some polls indicate that he ...
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What happened to most of Five Star Movement (M5S) deputies since the 2018 election?

If I'm not mistaken, the Five Star Movement (M5S) won 227 seats in lower house in the 2018 election. But they only have 100 now. I see that 53 deputies split to De Maio's new party/group (Together for ...
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Are monarchies like Kuwait authoritarian, autocratic, constitutional monarchies, or mixed political systems?

I am trying to find a clear conceptual difference in terms of how different monarchies are defined or classified. For example, let's consider three countries with monarchies: Kuwait, UAE, and Norway. ...
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Is it possible to have cabinet collective responsibility while allowing parliament to remove individual ministers?

In my understanding, the principle of cabinet collective responsibility seems to dictate that the cabinet not only has to make joint decisions (if ministers disagree with current policy they must ...
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Why does the UK Parliament allow its members to also be in the Irish Parliament?

The House of Commons disallows its MPs to also be members of foreign legislatures except for Commonwealth countries and, since 2000, Ireland. Why is Ireland a special case here? The House of Commons ...
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Can the Swedish government dissolve the parliament while serving as caretaker government?

I was reading about the 2018-2019 Swedish government crisis and something caught my interest. The short story is that after the 2018 general election, the Swedish parliament took almsot 4 months to ...
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In parliamentary democracies, what are the pros and cons of giving the government the power to dissolve parliament?

In parliamentary democracies, there is usually a constitutional mechanism for parliament to be dissolved when it encounters deadlock. The dissolution would trigger a new election with the aim to ...
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