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Abbas poll decree lifts hopes of Palestinian unity

Jan 16 2021
Palestine
Source: 
Arab News

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s announcement of the first parliamentary and presidential elections in 15 years has raised hopes of an end to longstanding divisions, but skeptics doubt it will bring about serious change.

According to decrees issued by the presidential office on Friday, the Palestinian Authority, which has limited self-rule in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, will hold legislative elections on May 22 and a presidential vote on July 31.

4 candidates run for Egypt's newly-elected House of Representatives Speaker, secret ballot begins

Jan 12 2021
Egypt
Source: 
Egypt Today

After all members of the newly-elected House of Representatives took the oath, Writer and Parliamentarian Farida al-Shobashy – who presided over the inaugural session – began the selection of the Speaker and two deputies through secret ballot after receiving candidacy requests.

At the beginning, Shobashy greeted the soul of late Chairman of National Elections Authority Lashin Ibrahim for running a successful electoral process.

Kuwait’s cabinet members resign amid dispute with Parliament

Jan 12 2021
Kuwait
Source: 
Aljazeera

Kuwaiti cabinet handed its resignations to Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah, only a month after the government was formed and just days after legislators submitted a motion asking to question the premier over issues including the cabinet’s makeup.

Tuesday’s resignation of the cabinet – formed on December 14 – was expected after the move in Parliament earlier this month that posed the first political challenge for the new emir as the country faces its worst economic crisis in decades.

Kuwait’s cabinet members resign amid dispute with Parliament

Jan 12 2021
Kuwait
Source: 
Aljazeera

Kuwaiti cabinet handed its resignations to Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah, only a month after the government was formed and just days after legislators submitted a motion asking to question the premier over issues including the cabinet’s makeup.

Tuesday’s resignation of the cabinet – formed on December 14 – was expected after the move in Parliament earlier this month that posed the first political challenge for the new emir as the country faces its worst economic crisis in decades.

Somali PM reserves 30% of parliament seats for women in upcoming poll

Jan 12 2021
Somalia
Source: 
Arab News

Nearly a third of Somalia’s parliamentary seats will be reserved for female lawmakers in an election next month, the prime minister said, a measure long demanded by women’s rights campaigners in the Horn of Africa nation.

While welcoming Saturday’s announcement by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, some women’s groups cautioned that implementing the measure in time for the Feb. 8 poll would be challenging and depended on the commitment of clan leaders.

SRF, Umma party to form coalition supporting transition in Sudan

Jan 11 2021
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the National Umma Party (NUP) agreed to form a new political coalition to support a smooth democratic transition in Sudan, said the deputy leader of the SPLM-N Agar on Sunday.

"The SRF and the NUP agreed to start work on forming a transitional bloc. Also, they established a joint working committee," Yasir Arman, told the Sudan Tribune.

SRF, Umma party to form coalition supporting transition in Sudan

Jan 11 2021
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the National Umma Party (NUP) agreed to form a new political coalition to support a smooth democratic transition in Sudan, said the deputy leader of the SPLM-N Agar on Sunday.

"The SRF and the NUP agreed to start work on forming a transitional bloc. Also, they established a joint working committee," Yasir Arman, told the Sudan Tribune.

Kyrgyzstan: Presidential polls, referendum on Sunday

Jan 08 2021
Kyrgyzstan
Source: 
Agencia Anadolu

As many as 17 candidates are in the fray in the presidential elections in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan, scheduled on Sunday.

A referendum is also scheduled on the same day to determine the form of government alongside choosing the president.

Kyrgyzstan, which gained its independence on Aug.31, 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, will witness the eighth elections in its political history.

As many as 3.5 million registered voters will cast their votes in 2,474 ballot boxes put up in the country and 48 ballot boxes outside the country.

After unrest, Kyrgyzstan heads to presidential vote

Jan 08 2021
Kyrgyzstan
Source: 
Aljazeera

The freezing, snowy streets of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, bear few traces of the events that shook the nation last October, when mass protests led to the annulment of disputed parliamentary elections.

But over the past four months, the Central Asian country has taken a path few expected.

With the old parliament still in place and no new parliamentary elections in sight, Kyrgyzstan is getting ready to choose its next president.

Iraqi electoral commission calls on foreign countries to monitor upcoming elections

Jan 06 2021
Iraq
Source: 
Xinhua

BAGHDAD, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) called Tuesday on foreign countries and diplomatic missions in Iraq to monitor the upcoming elections slated for June 6.

The IHEC said in a statement that it also called on local organizations to monitor the elections at all its stages "to achieve fair elections."

The commission urged all eligible voters to check and update their voter registration records in registration centers across the country, starting from Jan. 2 to Feb. 2.

Algeria frees top officials jailed during mass protests

Jan 02 2021
Algeria
Source: 
al Jazeera

Two former security chiefs and the younger brother of former President Bouteflika were given 15-year prison sentences in September 2019.

An Algerian military appeals court on Saturday acquitted three top officials who were jailed in 2019 during mass protests, sources close to the officials said.

The three – two former security chiefs and the younger brother of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika – were given 15-year prison sentences in September 2019 on charges of conspiracy against the state.

New Yemen gov’t sworn in after Saudi-brokered power-sharing deal

Dec 26 2020
Yemen
Source: 
Aljazeera

Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has sworn in a new government that was formed thanks to a power-sharing deal brokered by Saudi Arabia last year.

The 24-member cabinet, announced last week, was sworn in during a ceremony held on Saturday in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, where Hadi is living.

The new government, headed by Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik, represents Yemen’s northern and southern areas with equal numbers of members from each region.

Le général à la retraite Khaled Nezzar de retour en Algérie

Dec 21 2020
Algeria
Source: 
TSA

e général à la retraite Khaled Nezzar, ancien chef d’état-major de l’ANP et ex-ministre de la Défense nationale, est revenu en Algérie depuis une dizaine de jours, rapporte ce lundi le quotidien El Watan. Une information confirmée à Liberté par Lotfi Nezzar, l’un des fils du général à la retraite.

M. Nezzar se trouve actuellement à son domicile depuis son retour le 11 décembre dernier, précise la même source. Le mandat d’arrêt international émis à son encontre aurait également été vidé, précise encore El Watan.

Egypt’s parliament slams ‘opportunistic’ EU human rights report

Dec 20 2020
Egypt
Source: 
Egypt Independent

Egypt’s parliament and human rights organizations on Saturday have further condemned a European report on the state of Egyptian human rights, calling it both “opportunistic” and “an explicit violation of human rights.”

Egypt stated that it strongly rejects all allegations made by the European report, and said that the matter came to exploit human rights as a pretext to meddle with Egyptian affairs.

It the decried the report as inconsistent with international conventions and Egypt’s sovereignty over its lands.

Yemen's president announces new power-sharing government

Dec 19 2020
Yemen
Source: 
Arab News

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi announced on Friday the formation of a power-sharing government, in accordance with the terms of the Riyadh Agreement jointly signed with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in November last year.

He confirmed the appointment of Moein Abdel-Malik as prime minister and Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak as minister of foreign affairs.

“The government consists of 24 portfolios divided equally between the north and south, as stipulated in the Riyadh Agreement,” Hadi said. The announcement was made on Yemeni state TV late on Friday night.

Kuwait emir tells parliament: Reform needed, stop disputes

Dec 15 2020
Kuwait
Source: 
Ahram Online

Kuwait's ruler told the new parliament, in which opposition candidates made gains, that comprehensive reform was needed to help the Gulf Arab state exit its worst economic crisis in decades and that there was no time for "fabricating conflicts".

Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah took the reins in September following the death of his brother at a time the wealthy OPEC member state is facing a severe liquidity crunch due to low oil prices and the coronavirus crisis.

Pro-Sisi party wins majority in Egypt’s parliamentary polls

Dec 15 2020
Egypt
Source: 
Egypt Independent

Egypt’s Mostaqbal Watn (Nation’s Future) Party, which strongly backs President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, secured nearly 55 percent of the contested seats in a parliamentary election spread over several weeks, official results showed on Monday.

The results confirm the party’s position as a dominant force after it won nearly 75 percent of contested seats for Egypt’s newly recreated Senate in August.

Parliament was already controlled by Sisi supporters, but Nation’s Future sharply increased its share of seats to 315 from 57 in the 596-seat chamber.

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