Manifestation de la jeunesse de l’opposition pour exiger le départ du régime

20 Feb 2013

Des dizaines de femmes et de jeunes de la coordination l’opposition du mouvement « Michâl » ont organisé, mercredi, un sit-in devant la présidence de la république pour exiger le départ du régime du président Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Les manifestants ont également dénoncé « la hausse vertigineuse » des prix des denrées de consommation de base, la « dégradation » des coéditions sécuritaires et « la déliquescence du régime de Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz marquée par le trafic d’influence ».

Berri warns against failure over electoral law

18 Feb 2013
the Daily Star

House Speaker Nabih Berri warned lawmakers Monday against failing to agree on a new electoral law as joint parliamentary committees began their discussions on what voting system to govern the upcoming elections.

The Orthodox Gathering proposal, which the president and Future Movement reiterated their rejection to, was the first item of discussion for lawmakers despite objections by March 14 MPs to do so.

Turkey to present action plan to EU for opening of new chapter

18 Feb 2013
Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey has fulfilled the benchmarks for the opening of an EU membership negotiation chapter that is planned to be opened shortly and will present a draft action plan concerning this chapter to the EU Commission Feb. 19, EU Minister Egemen Bağış has said.

France announced Feb. 12 that it would assist Turkey in opening one of the five chapters once blocked byParis for Ankara’s long-stalled EU membership talks, Chapter 22, “Regional Policy and Coordination of Structural Instruments.”

House blocs hold last-minute meetings ahead of talks on gov’t

18 Feb 2013
The Jordan Times

On the eve of the kick-off of consultations between lawmakers and Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh to designate a prime minister, several House blocs held closed-door meetings to finalise their positions.

Some of these coalitions declared their stands on government formation as the country embarks on the parliamentary government experience as an ultimate goal of political reforms.

Reformists meet with Supreme Leader

18 Feb 2013
Radio Zamaneh

Iranian media report that three reformist figures have visited Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader.

The Etemad daily wrote on Monday: “Majid Ansari, a member of the Expediency Council, Abdolvahid Mousavi Lari, who was interior minister in Mohammad Khatami’s reformist government, and Eshagh Jahangiri, who was industry minister in the reformist government, are the three who appear to have gone as reformist representatives” to visit Ayatollah Khamenei.

Demands for federalism still strong in Benghazi despite celebrations

17 Feb 2013
Libya Herald

Thousands of people converged on Freedom Square in downtown Benghazi to celebrate the second anniversary of the start of the uprising in the eastern city. The electric atmosphere of triumphant shouting, horn-honking, singing, music, dancing and fireworks, did not hide the visible disappointment and resentment of some who came to watch but stayed aloof from the crowd.

Sudan arrests prominent Islamic figure at airport upon return from trip abroad

15 Feb 2013
Sudan Tribune

Youssef al-Koda, who leads the Al-Wasat Islamic party, was arrested at Khartoum airport upon his return from a trip abroad where he officially joined the ranks of the opposition seeking to topple the government led by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir.

he family of al-Koda and opposition sources said that officers belonging to Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) boarded the plane and took him into custody before other passengers could even leave their seats.

Oumar Mariko entendu dans l’affaire des bérets rouges

12 Feb 2013

Le Service de sécurité a procédé cet après-midi à l’interpellation du politicien Oumar Mariko afin de faire une mise au point sur son implication dans l’agissement des frondeurs de l’ex régiment para.

« C’est à la suite de preuves irréfutables réunies contre l’ancien leader estudiantin et président du Parti SADI qu’il a été convoqué en début de journée, mais il a tout simplement récusé cette invitation arguant qu’il n’a point besoin de répondre à aucune autorité du pays ».

Cabinet set to lock horns on creation of election body

11 Feb 2013
the Daily Star

President Michel Sleiman and March 8 ministers are expected to face off during Wednesday’s Cabinet session over the creation of a campaign supervisory body, a step some ministers fear would lead to holding elections under the current 1960 law.

The supervisory committee for elections is the first of 66 items on the Cabinet’s agenda.