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World Parliamentarians to Meet in Bali?

Inter-Parliamentary Union Sudden Shift from Thailand to Indonesia for 2007 Meeting May Bring Prestigious Gathering to Bali.

(10/21/2006) The recent coup d'etat in Thailand may bring an unexpected windfall to Bali as Indonesia has been suggested as the replacement venue of the 116th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The Thai coup and dissolution of that Country's elected Parliament caused Thailand to be declared as "ineligible" to host a meeting dedicated to promoting representative democracy.

Established in 1889 and headquartered in Geneva, the IPU is comprised of members drawn from over 149 elected parliaments around the world. The IPU decision to move the 2007 Assembly from Thailand to Indonesia came as some members of the IPU unsuccessfully lobbied for the expulsion of Thailand from the Union. Thailand’s membership in the IPU has been reportedly "frozen" pending the election of a new Parliament promised by the Interim Government to take place with one year.

While the final decision to move the IPU 2007 Assembly to Indonesia will not be confirmed for several more weeks, it is widely assumed that either Jakarta or Bali will be selected to host that prestigious event.