AKP, MHP propose to reduce election barrier to 7 percent

14 Mar 2022
Hurriyet Daily News

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its main ally, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), have submitted a draft law to the parliament to decrease the election threshold from the current 10 percent to 7 percent.

The 15-article draft law was introduced to the parliament on March 14 by the AKP and the MHP officials. The new electoral law can be applied in the next parliamentary elections slated for June 2023.

Lebanon's ruling parties announce candidates for parliamentary elections

03 Mar 2022
Arab News


  • The cost of holding elections is estimated at $15.5 million
  • Nearly 3.97 million voters will partake in the upcoming ballot, including about 225,000 overseas voters 

BEIRUT: Lebanese parties have been rushing to submit their candidacies for the upcoming parliamentary elections to the Ministry of Interior with the deadline for registration, March 15, soon approaching.

Turkish opposition parties promise return to parliamentary system

28 Feb 2022
Al Jazeera

Leaders of six opposition parties in Turkey have signed a joint declaration outlining their plan to restore parliamentary system and strip the powers of the president if they win 2023 elections.

The plan aimed to entirely overhaul the existing executive presidential system, which has been backed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his allies, and in force since June 2018.

A 48-page document covering 23 articles was signed on Monday by the leaders at a large event organised in a hotel in the capital Ankara.

Hezbollah Supporters Intensify Threats against Opponents ahead of Lebanon's Elections

25 Feb 2022
Asharq Al-Awsat

Supporters of the Hezbollah party in Lebanon have increased their threats against opponents through social media ahead of the May parliamentary elections.


The latest threat was against Lebanese University professor Bassel Saleh.


Threats are often made ahead of elections, but this year they take on a new edge given that the polls are taking place after the 2019 popular revolt against Lebanon's ruling class.


UN adviser calls for Libya elections in 'shortest possible time'

14 Feb 2022
TRT World

The UN secretary-general's special adviser on Libya has called on both Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and Fathi Bashagha, who was nominated by eastern-based rival parliament as new premier, to preserve calm and stability in the North African country.

UN adviser Stephanie Williams held separate meetings with Dbeibah and Bashagha on Sunday and sought elections to end the ongoing political deadlock.

Tunisia: President Saied dissolves Supreme Judicial Council: The country's top judge denounced the move as illegally undermining the judiciary's independence

06 Feb 2022
Middle East Eye

Tunisian President Kais Saied on Sunday dissolved the Supreme Judicial Council, the body that deals with judicial independence, a move the country's top judge denounced as illegal.

Saied accused the body responsible for appointing judges of bias, corruption and delaying politically sensitive investigations - including into the assassinations of left-wing activists in 2013.

"In this council, positions and appointments are sold and made according to affiliations," he said.

Iraqi Parliament approves 25 candidates for presidency - Electing a president is second step stipulated by constitution in forming a government

31 Ene 2022
The National

The Iraqi Parliament has approved a list of 25 candidates for the presidency.

The legislative body is scheduled to meet on February 7 to vote for the republic's next president, a largely ceremonial role, in an important step towards the formation of a new government after October's general election.

Two wounded as rocket fire targets Iraq’s parliament speaker's home

26 Ene 2022
Al Arabiya News

Two children were wounded Tuesday night when rockets were fired towards the home of Iraq's speaker of parliament, security sources said.

Three Katyusha rockets landed some “500 metres” (1,640 feet) from the home of Mohammed al-Halbousi in the Gurma district of Anbar province, west of the capital Baghdad, a security source told AFP.

Mali: les dirigeants ouest-africains sanctionnent durement le maintien de la junte au pouvoir

20 Ene 2022
Le Soleil Numérique
Les dirigeants ouest-africains réunis à Accra ont décidé dimanche de fermer les frontières avec le Mali et de mettre le pays sous embargo, sanctionnant lourdement l’intention de la junte de prendre le pays «en otage» en se maintenant au pouvoir sans élections pendant des années.

Tunisia says 50,000 joined consult ahead of new constitution

19 Ene 2022
The New Arab

More than 50,000 people have participated in Tunisia's national consultation that will feed into the drafting of a new constitution, authorities said Wednesday.

President Kais Saied had announced the consultation in December when he extended a suspension of parliament, a move which fuelled concerns for the only democracy to have emerged from the Arab Spring uprisings a decade ago.

The consultation will last until March 20.

Algeria: Opposition parties face threat of dissolution ahead of uprising anniversary

18 Ene 2022
Middle East Eye

Secular political parties threatened with dissolution in Algeria have accused authorities of overseeing an assault on liberties ahead of the third anniversary of the pro-democracy Hirak movement.

The secular opposition party Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD) received a formal notice on 6 January from the minister of interior, requesting it to cease activities deemed "contrary to regulations."

Anti-junta groups launch civil disobedience in Sudan after massacre

18 Ene 2022

Pro-democracy groups have begun two days of strikes and civil disobedience in Sudan after at least seven civilians were killed and hundreds injured in clashes during anti-coup demonstrations in the Northeast African country.

Protesters erected barricades across roads in the capital, Khartoum, and some shops and offices were shut as a two-day general strike and civil disobedience campaign began on Tuesday.

Somalia leaders agree to hold delayed elections

15 Ene 2022
Africa News

Somali leaders announced on Sunday they had struck a deal to wrap up parliamentary elections by February 25, after repeated delays that have threatened the stability of the troubled country.

The agreement was reached after several days of talks hosted by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble with state leaders to try to defuse a bitter political crisis.

Mali: US rejects five-year electoral timetable

12 Ene 2022
Africa News

On Tuesday, The United Sates ambassador to the UN rejected the five-year transition proposal of the Malian ruling junta.

Colonel Assimi Goïta The head of the Malian junta has found a new opponent to his electoral timetable in the person of the US ambassador to the United Nations.

On Tuesday, some voices were raised within the Security Council, to reject Bamako's plan for a five-year transition before elections.

Tunisie : lancement d'une consultation populaire sous les critiques de l’opposition

01 Ene 2022
TV5 Monde

Une consultation populaire, organisée par le président tunisien Kaïs Saïed, s'ouvre le 1er janvier 2022. Elle est prévue jusqu’au 20 mars prochain. Mais son organisation fait débat, tant sur le plan technique que sur sa légitimité démocratique.

Du 1er janvier au 20 mars 2022, les Tunisiens s’exprimeront sur les réformes qu’ils souhaitent voir advenir dans leur pays, à travers une « consultation populaire » numérique.