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The Benchmarks remain an important tool for the CPA to reflect the aspirational goals of its Members. They also provide an opportunity to share perspectives on what is the “right thing for Parliaments to do”, while also recognizing that Parliaments operate in a wide range of circumstances and social conditions and that not all Recommended Benchmarks may be appropriate for all Parliaments at any one particular time. Parliaments face a host of challenges in finding politically feasible compromises. Politics, it has been noted, is the art of the possible. Nonetheless, as Secretary-General Shija has said, the Benchmarks were designed to “help Parliaments measure themselves in their own reform and modernization efforts aimed at making Parliaments more effective and democratic institutions”.

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