PAST EVENTS October 8 - 11, 2018 Antalya, Turkey
3rd Meeting of the Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments
“Economic Cooperation, Environment and Sustainable Development in Eurasia”
PAST EVENTS June 26 – 28, 2017 Seoul, Korea
2nd Meeting of the Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments
“Promotion of Inter-parliamentary Cooperation for Common Prosperity in the Eurasian Region”
4th Meeting of the Speakers of Eurasian Countries' Parliaments
As decided during the 3rd MSEAP in Antalya, Turkey, the 4th Meeting of the Speakers of Eurasian Countries' Parliaments will be hosted by the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2019. More information will be provided when available.
Russian parliamentary delegation visits the deputy speaker of the Mongolian parliamentOn November 19th, Russian parliamentary delegation led by Andrei Klishas, the chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building. During the meeting, Deputy Speaker of the State Great Khural, the unicameral Mongolian parliament, Luvsantseren Enkh-Amgalan said Mongolia hopes to further strengthen ties with Russia in economy, trade, and investment. Head of the Mongolia-Russia inter-parliamentary group Enkh-Amgalan also made a remark expressing hope on Monday. Enkh-Amgalan said “the potential of trade, investment and economic cooperation between Mongolia and Russia has not been realized yet. The two countries need to put in more efforts and improve business as well as legal environment to further strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation in these fields”. Russian MP Andrei Klishas stressed the important role of the Mongolia-Russia interparliamentary group in achieving further cooperation between the two legislative bodies. Last month, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu paid an official visit to Ulanbaatar, where he met Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh and Mongolian Defense Minister Nyamaa Enkhbold. The parties signed a long-term program enhancing the countries’ military ties through cooperation in armed forces management, joint exercises and military education. The two defense ministers emphasized Russia and Mongolia’s traditionally amicable relationship with long history and shared approaches on urgent issues in the international arena. The trade volume between the two countries amounted to 1.4 billion USD, with 46.9 percent increase from 2016. BY MSEAP Cyber Secretariat (email@example.com)
[Today in history] Nov 19On this day in 1977, President of Egypt Anwar Sadat visits Israel, becoming the first Arab leader ever to visit Israel. Next day, President Sadat addresses the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.
United States Congressional leadership elections: Leaders of the U.S. Senate re-elected, with the House Speaker’s gavel up for grabsOn Wednesday the 14th, the congressional elections took place in the United States. Elections for the three leadership positions had hardly surprising results. For the Senate, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was reelected Majority Leader, as well as New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) who was reelected the Minority Leader. For the House Republicans, who will become the minority party in January, elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) the Minority Leader. The new Minority Leader fended off a challenge from Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio. The leadership contest for the Speaker position in the House of Representative remains. The elections are not expected to take place until after Thanksgiving. The country will have the House controlled by Democrats for the first time in nearly a decade. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House Minority Leader since 2011, has announced her intention to run to be speaker. The California Democrat had no significant challenger until former Congressional Black Baucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge (D-Oh.) said she’s considering a bid. When elections are held this November, Pelosi will need the votes of a majority of House Democrats. To be elected House Speaker, she will need 218 votes on the floor in January. While the Democrats in the Senate largely remain the same, there has been some change in the Republican lawmakers due to term limits and retirements. Lawmakers elected to new positions include Sen. John Thune (South Dakota) who will replace Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) as Majority Whip. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa will serve as Republican Conference Vice-Chair. Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) will replace Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) as the Senate’s President Pro Tempore, which is a position generally given to the most senior lawmaker. BY MSEAP Cyber Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Swedish parliament votes down Prime Ministerial Candidate Kristersson’s proposed governmentPhoto: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images On Wednesday the 14th, Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson has been voted down by the parliament. Ulf Kristersson’s proposed coalition government of the Moderates and the Christian Democrats was voted down by a parliamentary majority of 195 to 154 votes supporting the government. The far-right Sweden Democrats voted in favor of the proposal, the centre-left bloc, made up of the Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party, rejected it. The Moderates’ allies, the Liberals and Centre Party also rejected Kristersson’s proposal. Jan Björklund of the Liberals reiterated his support for centre-right allies as well as Kristersson as a potential prime minister, but explained his rationale stating that the Wednesday’s vote was about something more and something bigger. “There is a rising tide of right-wing nationalism in the western world, which is antithetic to liberal ideas such as globalization, European cooperation, free trade, openness, which have built our entire successful western model of society,” Björklund added. Swedish parliament speaker Andreas Norlén put Kristersson forward after over two months of negotiation stalemate following the parliamentary elections in September. The parliament has not rejected a speaker’s candidate since 1971 when Sweden switched from bicameral to today’s unicameral parliament system. Speaker Norlén will meet the party leaders for another round of talks on Thursday. He will have three more attempts to put forward a prime ministerial candidate before a new election is called. BY MSEAP Cyber Secretariat (email@example.com)
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