Tuesday, December 16, 2008


A parliament is a legislature, particularly in those countries whose system of government is based on the Westminster system modeled following that of the United Kingdom. The name is resulting from the French parlement, the action of parler (to speak): a parlement is a conversation. The term came to mean a meeting at which such a conversation took place. It acquired its modern meaning as it came to be used for the body of people (in an institutional sense) who would meet to talk about matters of state.

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