Posts tagged as lawmakers

Chaos as Hong Kong lawmakers thwart leader’s annual address

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Calling her “the mother of the mafia police,” yelling pro-democracy lawmakers twice forced Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to stop delivering a speech laying out her policy objectives Wednesday and then clamored for her resignation in chaotic scenes that caused her to walk out of the legislature. Lam was able to deliver the annual address more than an hour later by video, but the hostile reception inside the Legislative Council…

Johnson suspends UK Parliament after latest Brexit defeat

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The simmering showdown between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Britain’s Parliament over Brexit came to a head as lawmakers delivered three defeats to the government’s plans for leaving the European Union, before being sent home early Tuesday for a contentious five-week suspension of the legislature. In a session that ran well past midnight, Parliament enacted a law to block a no-deal Brexit next month, ordered the government to release private…

Britain to spend an extra £2.1 billion on no-deal Brexit planning

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Britain said it is ramping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit by spending an extra 2.1 billion pounds to stockpile medicines, hire more border officials and fund one of the biggest peacetime advertising campaigns. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who took power last week, has pledged to leave the trading bloc without an agreement in three months unless the EU agrees to renegotiate the deal agreed by his predecessor Theresa May.…

President Levits has no other option but to promulgate tax cut on strong alcohol due to bill’s urgency

Thursday, July 11, 2019

President Egils Levits has no other option but to promulgate the legislative amendment reducing excise tax on alcohol by 15 percent because Saiema has decided to adopt the bill in a fast-track procedure. Dina Meistere, head of the Saeima Legal Office, told LETA that since the parliament has assigned the bill urgency status by at least two thirds of votes, the president cannot request reconsideration of the bill and has…

Over 40 MPs propose narrowing down legal immunity

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis and over 40 lawmakers are proposing narrowing down the legal immunity of MPs, judges, prime minister and ministers. They have drafted constitutional amendments stating that a member of the Seimas, judge, minister and prime minister could be prosecuted without the Seimas or presidential consent, if they are suspected of having committed a less serious or serious crime. Currently, there’s no such an exception…

FCMC head Putnins and his deputy Razane tender resignation letters

Friday, July 5, 2019

The Financial and Capital Market Commission’s (FCMC) chairman Peters Putnins and his deputy Gunta Razane tendered resignation letters today, Finance Minister Janis Reirs (New Unity) told LETA. Both officials tendered their resignation letters, asking to relieve them of their positions as of July 15, the finance minister said. He informed that he had forwarded the resignation letters to Saeima Speaker Inara Murniece (National Alliance), asking to review the matter first…

Hong Kong lawmakers raise complaints over police brutality

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hong Kong lawmakers grilled the city’s security secretary Wednesday over allegations of police brutality during protests over an extradition bill that eventually was suspended. The agenda for the meeting showed that pro-democracy members were planning to file a motion of no-confidence for Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s handling of the legislation, which sparked the demonstrations over recent weeks including a massive march on Sunday. The opposition lawmakers were wearing black with…

EU divided over top jobs after polls redraw political map

By Lorne Cook on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

European Union leaders stood divided Tuesday over who to name to the bloc’s top jobs, after elections shredded comfortable old political alliances and raised troubling questions about the future of the European project. At a summit in Brussels, major powers France, Germany and Spain all differed over who is best suited to lead the EU’s powerful executive arm, the European Commission, for the next five years. Former Luxembourg Premier Jean-Claude…

Usakovs and Ameriks have no status applied in any of criminal cases

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Riga City Council lawmakers elected to the European Parliament, Nils Usakovs (Harmony) and Andris Ameriks (Honor to Serve Riga), have not been assigned any official status in any of the criminal cases investigated by the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB), LETA learned from KNAB. There are a number of statuses possible in criminal cases – a suspect, a person against whom a criminal procedure has been launched, a defendant or a…

Lawmakers demand answers in wake of Navy linguist’s death in Syria

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A group of key congressional members are demanding top military officials explain how they will update a series of medical rules and a failed waiver process that led to the deployment of a Navy linguist killed in Syria. Navy Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, 35, a mother of two, was killed last month by a suicide bomber at a restaurant in the Syrian city of Manbij. She was on her…