Parliaments essential to political life – new UN report

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The Global Parliamentary Report

Parliaments are today more essential to the political life a country, according to a new report released on Monday.

The first Global Parliamentary Report was issued by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Derrick Mbatha reports.

The report  examines the changing nature of parliamentary representation.

It says that people are today questioning the ability of parliaments to hold governments to account.

According to the report, various opinion polls show that support for parliaments is waning in both established and newer democracies with trust levels in places such as Lithuania and the United States below 10 per cent.

It says there are similar trends in the Arab world, East Asia and the Pacific.

However, Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region where trust in parliaments remains strong at 56 per cent.

The report argues that parliaments remain essential to political life because they continue to provide a critical and irreplaceable link between citizens and their governments.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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