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National Assembly's new rules come into effect today

The ANC in Parliament has welcomed the “historic” adoption of the new rules in the National Assembly.

FILE:Deputy Speaker Solomon Lechesa Tsenoli and Speaker Baleka Mbete confer during the Presiding Officers Media Briefing before the Sona2015 debate. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament has welcomed the "historic" adoption of the National Assembly's new rules, which come into effect today.

It is the culmination of a four-year process and a comprehensive review of the legislature's rule book.

The majority of Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly voted in favour of the new regulations yesterday.

But the Democratic Alliance (DA) took issue with regulations that pertained to the order of proceedings in the House and how oral questions should be put to the executive.

Speaker Baleka Mbete described the occasion as a milestone.

"So after 21 years we can say we have been able to do a comprehensive review and this is a milestone we should all be proud of."