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interpellation

[in-ter-puh-ley-shuh n, in-tur-puh-] /ˌɪn tər pəˈleɪ ʃən, ɪnˌtɜr pə-/
noun
1.
a procedure in some legislative bodies of asking a government official to explain an act or policy, sometimes leading, in parliamentary government, to a vote of confidence or a change of government.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin interpellātiōn- (stem of interpellātiō) interruption. See interpellate, -ion
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  • It is expected that the interpellation and debates may last all next week.

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