The Inter-Parliamentary Union has been joined by three new members – Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vanuatu. This brings the Inter-Parliamentary Union to 176 countries. Currently, the 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union is being held in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Among the main news is the appointment of Valentina Matvienko as a speaker of the Federation Council, “MIR 24” reports. On the eve of the opening ceremony, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin emphasized a significant role that parliamentarians play all over the world.
All over the world parliaments, as spokesmen of nations’ will, play a landmark, significant and sometimes a leading role in elaboration of the Union national models and, of course, in search of adequate responses to modern challenges and threats that are common for all of us. I refer them to the erosion of the international law system and the interstate dialogue culture itself”, Vladimir Putin noted.
The 137th session of the IPU in St. Petersburg will last until October 18th. 2,400 parliamentarians from 161 countries are taking part in it. During the assembly, a new chairperson will be elected, and women candidates from Uruguay and Mexico are considered for this post.