Attack on Afghan Parliament an assault on democracy

IPU has strongly condemned a violent assault on the Afghan Parliament by suspected Taliban militants on the day MPs were due to consider the appointment of a new Defence Minister. Read more.

Ministerial Statements

The following Ministerial Statements have so far been presented to the House in the current Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Eleventh National Assembly:

Parliament Joins Hands With NAC in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

The Clerk of th National Assembly

The Clerk of the National Assembly, Mrs Doris K Mwiinga, has revealed that National Assembly has partnered with the National AIDS Council (NAC) in the implementation of the SADC protocol on Health. This came to light during a meeting on HIV/AIDS sustainable financing held at Parliament Buildings on Wednesday, 17th June, 2015. 

She explained that through this Protocol, the SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) had set up a desk to work hand in hand with the National AIDS Council to spearhead the fight against HIV/AIDS in Zambia.

Press Release: Managing Public Debt in an uncertain Era

16 June 2015 - Expected volatility in the global economy is one of the many scenarios debt managers and financial experts will consider at a Commonwealth conference to rethink public debt.
The Third Commonwealth Stakeholders’ Conference on Public Debt Management, hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the National Treasury of South Africa, will take place in Johannesburg from 17-19 June 2015.

The National Assembly of Zambia Resumes Sitting

Hon. Speaker and Hon. Sichalwe

The Fourth Session of the Eleventh National Assembly, which adjourned sittings on Thursday 26th March 2015, resumes sittings today, Tuesday 16th June 2015 for the End of Year Meeting which runs between the months of June and July. This End of Year Meeting is expected to discuss a number of issues during its course.

IPU urges action on eighth anniversary of Lebanese MP’s murder

Geneva, 12 June 2015

IPU has renewed its call to the Lebanese authorities to make every effort to bring the killers of Lebanese MP Walid Eido to justice, on the eighth anniversary of his murder.

Walid Eido was killed in a car bomb attack in Beirut on 13 June 2007.  He was one of a number of high-profile figures targeted in a wave of attacks following the killing of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri in 2005. Three other MPs - Gibran Tueni, Pierre Gemayel and Antoine Ghanem were also murdered. None of the killers has been caught.

Young MPs call for radical responses to counter youth alienation and disengagement.

A major international conference of the world’s young MPs in Tokyo has called for radical policies to end the alienation and radicalization of young people, including new education policies and employment quotas. View full Story.

Call Day Address by her Ladyship, the Chief Justice, Mrs. Irene C. Mambilima on 22nd May, 2015.

Today is a special day for you our newly admitted legal practitioners; it is a day of celebrating the fruits of your hard work. I have been informed by the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) that out of three hundred and twenty three (323) candidates that sat for the Legal Practitioners Qualifying Examinations in December 2014/January 2015, only a total of seventy-five (75) have passed.

IPU welcomes steps to reduce tensions in the Maldives

IPU welcomes the recent initiative by President Abdulla Yameen calling for dialogue between the Government and political parties in the Maldives. Ongoing political tensions in the country have been a serious concern for IPU.

Parley sensitises and ‘rocks’ Kasama residents.

The National Assembly of Zambia conducted a sensitization Road Show in Lukashya Constituency in Kasama on Saturday, 16th May 2015.  Speaking at the Road Show, Team Leader and Deputy Chief Librarian, Mrs Muswa Suuya, said the National Assembly has embarked on a campaign to enlighten Constituents on the roles and functions of the National Assembly with emphasis on the role of Members of Parliament and Constituency Offices.