Two events in the term of the sixth parliament, which lasted from 2019 to 2024, fundamentally affected the way the institution functions: the Covid-19 pandemic and the 2022 fire that destroyed the National Assembly chamber and MPs’ offices.

Parliament managed to continue its work during the successive Covid-19 lockdowns by holding virtual meetings, which have continued with a few exceptions, robbing MPs of direct contact between themselves, government officials and participants in committees’ public hearings. It has also deprived journalists of direct engagements with MPs and officials...

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