Kiribati President Pushes Bill To Create Women’s Ministry

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Similar bill dropped for lack of support in parliament

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 30, 2013) – The president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, has moved a bill to amend the constitution in order to create a ministry for women.

A bill to that end was earlier defeated as the government failed to secure the numbers in parliament.

In presenting the bill, President Tong said he saw the need to set up such a new ministry.

In a second bill brought by Mr. Tong, the government wants to repeal some of the parliamentary privileges enjoyed by MPs.

According to the Kiribati Independent, Mr. Tong has accused several MPs of abusing their privileges, prompting the push to remove them.

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