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General Knowledge : Parliaments of the World

Parliament is central core of any form of democracy. Parliament is a legislature that refers only to a democratic government’s legislature. The term Parliament is derived from the French word parlement, which means a discussion. The members of the Parliament are the representatives of the People and the process of selection is voting.

Parliament adopts laws, seeks solutions, takes important decisions, passes budgets..etc. Generally, a parliament has three functions: representation, legislation and parliamentary control. The Sicilian Parliament is considered one of the oldest in the world.

Parliaments usually consist of chambers or houses, and are usually either bicameral or unicameral. A nation’s prime minister  is almost always the leader of the majority party in the lower house of parliament, but only holds his or her office as long as the “confidence of the house” is maintained.

Parliaments of the World’s Major Countries

Country

Parliament

IndiaSansad (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha)
BangladeshJatiya Sansad
SpainCortes Generales
PakistanNational Assembly
NepalRashtriya Panchayat
IsraelKnesset
CanadaParliament
RussiaDuma and Federal Council
United States of AmericaCongress (House of Representatives and Senate)
GermanyBundstag – Upper HouseBundesrat – Lower House
MaldivesMazlis
BhutanTshogdu
AustraliaFederal Parliament
DenmarkFolketing
ChinaNational People’s Congress
IranMajlis
MynamarPyithu Hluttaw
JapanDiet
FranceNational Assembly
NorwayStorting
AfghanistanShora
TurkeyGrand National Assembly

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