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Helping to promote democracy

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Speaker of the Parliament of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq invited the Westminster Foundation for Democracy to visit and assess the needs of MPs and staff before agreeing a programme of work. As Vice-Chair of the Foundation, and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the region, Meg was happy to lead a small team to the area for the assessment.


The visit included meetings with the heads of all the political parties, Chairs of Parliamentary committees, women MPs and the central staff of the Parliament. The Westminster Foundation for Democracy was established in 1992 to promote democracy, mainly in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It is a cross-party political organisation that provides funds, supports projects and arranges training in the nuts and bolts of establishing and keeping democratic forms of government.


Meg commented:


"It has been a very encouraging visit. The MPs believe that they can learn from the long experience of democracy governance in Westminster and are particularly keen to improve the ways in which they scrutinise the Regional Government.


Since last year’s elections there is a significant opposition grouping in Parliament and all sides want to understand better the role opposition MPs play in ensuring an accountable democracy.


After years of oppression and a brutal dictatorship under Saddam Hussein, the people of Kurdistan want to ensure they have an effective democracy that makes decisions in the interests of all the people of the region. "

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Meg with Leaders of political parties.

Meg with Leaders of political parties.

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