Why do we need a parliament

opposition

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The opposition in a parliament are the members of the parliament who do not belong to the ruling coalition or parliamentary group.

In a parliamentary democracy, MPs elect the head of government. MPs from a party or MPs with the same goals often form a parliamentary group.
These factions are then called the coalition factions or the coalition for short.
In addition to the coalition, there is also an opposition in a parliament. The word opposition means "to oppose". The opposition often disagrees with the coalition and the government. That is why they often look very carefully to see whether the government is working well. Its job is to control the work of the government.

The opposition can also show that it has other, better solutions. It can therefore also make a counter-proposal for a law. Strong opposition is important for democracy.

The opposition gives its opinion in parliament. The government and the citizens hear other opinions than those of the coalition and the government. The voter can then decide at the next election which opinion he or she thinks better.

There can also be an opposition outside of parliament. It is also called: extra-parliamentary opposition. These are, for example, opponents of the government. Or there are groups that are of the opinion that their ideas are not represented in parliament.

Through demonstrations, petitions and other actions, these groups can spread their ideas and opinions. This can lead to the formation of new parties. Perhaps this new party will get enough votes in the next election to be represented in parliament.

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