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International Day of Parliamentarism observed worldwide
On June 30, the International Day of Parliamentarism was observed by the UN Agencies and world community which was coordinated by the Inter-Parliamentary Union - the global organization of parliaments established by the UN.

"This Day celebrates parliaments and the ways in which parliamentary systems of government improve the day-to-day lives of people the world over. It is also an opportunity for parliaments to take stock, identify challenges, and ways to address them effectively," informs the UN website.

Terming 'strong parliaments' as 'cornerstones of democracy', UN observes that such parliaments represent the voice of the people, pass laws, allocate funds to implement laws and policies, and hold governments to account.

Strong parliaments also ensure that policies benefit all people, especially the most vulnerable, by passing laws - for example -  on violence against women and ensuring equal access to health care, holds the UN.

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