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I'm not sure what the distinction here is. In the Hungarian Parliament, and IIRC the German and Austrian too, there are

  1. open sessions when any MP can ask a question to a minister or the PM, get a reply, then tell whether and why he doesn't/accept the reply, and then everyone votes on acceptance;

  2. during the debate of law proposals, every faction can ask questions and declare its judgement and make amends.

With those in place, I don't see a special need for a yearly session of questioning. So either I don't get it, or Spain lacks the open sessions and has more limited debates.

(I note though that here, inspired by the theatrical US practice, there is now an inofficial yearly state-of-the-country speech, to complicate things the main opposition party leader also helds one of his own outside Parliament...)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Jul 5th, 2007 at 03:40:10 PM EST
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