French Parliament votes in favour of using ‘Stop Covid’ digital tracing app | AFP

France’s National Assembly votes overwhelmingly in favour of adopting the StopCovid smartphone application, a digital tracking tool that is supposed to help fight the epidemic. The deputies voted 338 in favour, 215 against with 21 abstentions.

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Left-leaning French parliamentary faction makes first public appearance | AFP

Left-leaning lawmakers, who have defected to rob President Emmanuel Macron’s party of its outright majority in France’s National Assembly, make their first appearance as “Ecology, Democracy, Solidarity” (EDS). Seventeen members of Macron’s La Republique En Marche (LREM) party formed the new group to pursue greener policies, “modernise” the political system, and reduce social inequalities. IMAGES

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French Parliament approves government’s plan to ease lockdown | AFP

The National Assembly approves the government’s plan to gradually end the lockdown in France from May 11, unveiled by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe earlier on Tuesday. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus: French National Assembly salutes population’s “courage” | AFP

The speaker of France’s National Assembly Richard Ferrand pays tribute to the “courage and mobilisation” of the French people as he opens a session of questions to the government on the 15th day of the nationwide confinement. The National Assembly also held a minute’s silence in memory of former minister Patrick Devedjian, who died on Sunday after contracting Covid-19. SOUNDBITE

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Paris: Opponents of LGBTQ rights protest on International Women’s Day | AFP

Activists of Manif Pour Tous (Protest For All), a French group opposing LGBTQ rights and promoting family values, gather outside the National Assembly in Paris on International Women’s Day to protest a bill that would allow lesbian couples and single women to have children via medically assisted means. The bill passed in the Senate and is now set to return to the National Assembly for a second reading. IMAGES

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Ex-president of Ecuador’s National Assembly denounces a ‘dictatorship’ | AFP

Former president of Ecuadorโ€™s National Assembly Gabriela Rivadeneira denounces a “new kind of dictatorship” in Ecuador. Rivadeneira and three other members of Ecuadorโ€™s opposition were granted political asylum in Mexico on January 9 following weeks of violent protests in October 2019 during which president Lenin Moreno accused the opposition, close to his predecessor Rafael Correa, of being behind a plan to destabilize his government.

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Pro-government demonstrators prepare to march in Caracas | AFP

Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro prepare to march towards the Chavista Constituent Assembly in a show of support days after opposition leader Juan Guaido survived dramatic attempts to remove him as head of the National Assembly. IMAGES

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Venezuela’s Guaido blocked from entering parliament by National Guard | AFP

Opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido climbs on a fence in front of Venezuelan soldiers blocking access to the National Assembly parliamentary session. IMAGES

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Pompeo congratulates Venezuela’s Guaido on National Assembly ‘re-election’ | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulates Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on his re-election as president of the National Assembly. Guaido has gained access to the Venezuelan parliament speaker’s seat to challenge a rival elected by President Maduro’s allies, just two days after soldiers physically blocked him from seeking re-election as speaker. SOUNDBITE

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Venezuela’s Guaido accesses parliament enclosure | AFP

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido enters National Assembly enclosure after being blocked from entering by security forces.

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Venezuela’s Guaido climbs on fence as access to parliament is blocked | AFP

Opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido climbs on a fence in front of Venezuelan soldiers blocking access to the National Assembly parliamentary session. +DOPESHEET TO FOLLOW+ IMAGES

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Pro-Guaido lawmakers protest during parliamentary session led by Parra | AFP

Opposition lawmakers shout and protest during a National Assembly session lead by Luis Parra, Juan Guaido’s rival lawmaker and self-proclaimed parliament speaker backed by Maduro. IMAGES

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Venezuela’s Guaido holds parliamentary session at newspaper office | AFP

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido opens a parliamentary session at the offices of the El Nacional newspaper after being denied entry by police to the National Assembly parliament earlier in the day. IMAGES

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Rival to Venezuela’s Guaido sworn-in as parliament speaker | AFP

Luis Parra, a rival to Juan Guaido, is sworn in as Venezuela’s new parliament speaker, as security forces prevented the incumbent and fellow opposition lawmakers from entering the National Assembly. IMAGES

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The moment Venezuela’s Guaido arrives outside parliament | AFP

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is finally allowed inside a security parameter outside the National Assembly, where police eventually blocked him from entering. IMAGES

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Chaos in Venezuela’s parliament as Guaido rival proclaims himself president | AFP

Chaos erupts in Venezuela’s parliament after Luis Parra, an opposition deputy rival of Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself president of the National Assembly, without Guaido’s presence or much of the opposition lawmakers. IMAGES

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Venezuela’s police forces restrict access to parliament | AFP

Venezuela’s police forces restrict access to parliament, preventing deputies, including opposition leader Juan Guaido, and press from attending the National Assembly, where Guaido is due to be voted in for a second term as parliament speaker. IMAGES

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French military action in Mali “essential”: French PM Philippe | AFP

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says France’s military action in Mali is “essential”, even if it is “not the sole dimension” of the fight against jihadists. The Prime Minister answers a question in the National Assembly after the death of 13 French soldiers in a two-helicopter crash. IMAGES

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Police move on Extinction Rebellion protesters | AFP

French police forcibly remove Extinction Rebellion activists blocking traffic outside the National Assembly in Paris. IMAGES

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Clashes erupt around Ecuador National Assembly amid fuel hike anger | AFP

Police and demonstrators clash outside Ecuador’s National Assembly building as protests over a fuel hike introduced by President Lenin Moreno’s government intensify. IMAGES

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Clashes erupt in Ecuador amid anti-govt protests

Security forces in Ecuador launched tear gas at a crowd of protesters who attempted to break a barricade set up near the National Assembly in Quito. (Oct. 8)

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Venezuelan National Assembly ratifies Guaido as president in charge | AFP

Venezuelan opposition-led National Assembly ratifies Juan Guaido as president in charge of the country until “the usurpation by President Nicolรกs Maduro ceases.” IMAGES

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Venezuela’s Maduro appears for military parade on day of protests | AFP

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro appears at a military parade on the same day that opposition leader and National Assembly president Juan Guaido called for protests against his government for attacks on political opponents and activists. IMAGES

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Venezuela’s Guaido arrives for mass protest against Maduro | AFP

Venezuelan opposition leader and National Assembly editor Juan Guaido arrives at a protest he called against President Nicolas Maduro, to highlight attacks on political opponents and activists. IMAGES

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