IPU deplores the reported dissolution of parliament in Burkina Faso and is strongly urging all sides in the West African country to engage in genuine dialogue to ensure a rapid return to constitutional rule. “Once again parliament has fallen victim to the inability of the political class to find common ground to resolve conflict. We deeply regret the violence and crisis that have ensued and urge restraint and political dialogue to not only restore calm but also constitutional rule swiftly. A peaceful and stable future for Burkina Faso depends on it,” said IPU President Saber Chowdhury. [read more]
IPU is calling for calm and restraint as the Organization welcomes Israel’s re-opening of the al-Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount holy site in Jerusalem today. Recent violence and the escalating political tension following the site’s closure has been a serious concern for IPU. “We welcome the decision to re-open and once again allow Muslim worshippers access to the al-Aqsa mosque. It is an important acknowledgement of the right to worship and to access holy sites,” said IPU President Saber Chowdhury. “Protecting such rights is critical for constructive relations between Israelis and Palestinians.” IPU is urging the Israeli Knesset to ensure authorities do more to protect and respect such rights concerning the holy site in Jerusalem in the interests of peace. [read more]
IPU and Egyptian authorities are continuing work to put in place a fully functioning parliament in Egypt ahead of legislative elections in the near future. An IPU mission to the Arab country last week, part of a long-term programme of support, focused on identifying needs and capacity of parliamentary staff to ensure the smooth welcoming of MPs to the new parliament. This included the support that would need to be given to newly-elected MPs, many of whom are expected to become parliamentarians for the first time. IPU experts from the Belgian and UK parliaments and Egyptian parliamentary staff looked particularly at staffing levels, parliamentary experience, the importance of political neutrality and impartiality in daily work, IT solutions for information access and sharing as well as planning to put the necessary building blocks in place in time. [read more]
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