Constitutions International

Briefing Paper 34: Constitutional Rights of the Opposition

The parliamentary opposition is essential to democracy. It offers political alternatives to the public and provides accountability and oversight of the government. To be effective the opposition needs a robust constitutional-legal framework.

Many constitutions guarantee a number of opposition rights, including equal treatment of parliamentarians, access to and coverage in the media, effective mechanisms for government scrutiny and control, judicial review of laws, and full participation in parliament’s work.

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