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Italy: New Legislation for Administrative Reorganization of the State

(Sept. 9, 2015) On August 28, 2015, new legislation providing for a comprehensive reorganization of the public administration entered into effect in Italy. (Law No. 124 of August 7, 2015, Powers Delegated to the Government Concerning the Reorganization of the Public Administration [Law No. 124], NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) Provisions on Digital Access to Government Information […]

Egypt: Ministerial Resolution Grants County Chiefs Authority to Arrest and Detain

(Aug. 18, 2015) On August 12, 2015, the Minister of Justice issued a statement announcing that he has granted the county chiefs across Egypt the legal right to arrest and detain individuals suspected of damaging public or private property or violating construction codes. (Press Release, Ministry of Justice, The Minister Grants Right of Judicial Arrest […]

Indonesia: Defense Ministry Circulates Polygamy Rules

(Aug. 12, 2015) As of July 22, 2015, Indonesia’s Defense Ministry has explicitly allowed employees to enter into polygamous marriages. (Defense Ministry Permits Polygamy, JAKARTA POST (Aug. 7, 2015).) Such marriages are legal in Indonesia in limited circumstances under the Marriage Law. That Law states, “(1) [i]n principle, a man may be married to one […]

Italy: Updated Legislation on Territorial Entities and their Financial Stability

(July 22, 2015) On June 20, 2015, Decree-Law No. 78, on sub-national territorial entities, entered into effect in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 78 of June 19, 2015, Urgent Provisions on Territorial Entities [D.L. No. 78], GAZETTA UFFICIALE, No. 140 (June 19, 2015), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) Fresh Funds for Disaster Relief The new legislation approves the goals […]

Italy: Extension of Deadlines for Reorganization of Government Entities

(Feb. 4, 2015) Italy has passed additional legislation, effective on December 31, 2014, aimed at promoting efficiency and eliminating government bureaucracy. (Legislative Decree No. 192 of December 31, 2014, Extension of Deadlines Set in Several Laws (D.L. No. 192), GAZETTA UFFICIALE No. 302, NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) D.L. No. 192 establishes a series of provisions extending […]

Mongolia: Decision on Increasing Civil Servant Salaries and Pensions

(Feb. 2, 2015) It was reported on January 19, 2015, that on January 15, the Mongolian government issued a decision to increase salaries and pensions for the country’s civil servants by 10%. The move is based on the Agreement of Labor and Society, a municipal labor concession agreement reached by the Trilateral National Commission for […]

Ukraine: Lustration of Government Officials Started

(Oct. 29, 2014) On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the “Law on Cleansing of the Authorities,” widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian parliament] website.) The Law establishes a lustration policy and a timetable of reviews that will be conducted […]

Brazil: Blacks Will Have 20% of Available Executive Branch Positions

(June 18, 2014) According to article 1 of Law No. 12,990, sanctioned by Brazilian President Dilma Roussef on June 9, 2014, blacks are to be guaranteed 20% of the positions available in the Executive Branch of the government. (Paulo Victor Chagas, Lei de Cotas no Serviço Público é Sancionada, AGÊNCIA BRASIL (June 9, 2014); Lei […]

Kenya: Parliament to Criminalize Use of Wrong Title to Address Top Government Officials

(May 9, 2014) Kenya’s Parliament is considering a bill, the Order of Precedence Bill, 2014, which, among other goals, is aimed at “providing a yardstick for determining the proper position of all officer[s], their seniority and hierarchy for the purpose of state functions.” (Jeremiah Kiplang’at, You Risk Sh2m Fine Not Calling MP ‘Honourable’, DAILY NATION […]

France: New Law Places Limits on Holding Multiple Political Offices

(Feb. 18, 2014) On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions exécutives locales avec le mandat de représentant au Parlement européen [Draft Law to Prohibit the Concurrent Holding of Local Executive Offices […]