The next Iranian presidential elections will be held on May 19th 2017, and despite being too soon for any electoral speculation, it is expected that the current President Hassan Rohani will run for the reelection.
With the hashtag "I participated in the January revolution", social networks in Egypt have been awash with recollections and protestation on the fifth anniversary of the 25 January 2011 revolution. The mobilisation on both Facebook and Twitter in defence of those 18 days of mass protests that led to the overthrow of then-President Hosni Mubarak, has been a breath of fresh air and a change compared to last year's anniversary.
Following the general elections held on 7 June 2015 the AKP lost the absolute majority with which it had governed through the previous three parliamentary terms. Four parties managed to pass the high 10% electoral threshold.
2014 is a critical year for the history of Afghanistan, not only because President Hamid Karzai will step down after 13 years in office, but also due to the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF). There are still 84,200 foreign soldiers present, 60,000 of whom are from the USA.
The High Election Commission, the institution in charge of organising and supervising Egypt's constitutional referendum, held January 14th and 15th 2014, announced its results on January 18th. With a 38.6% turnout – around 21 million of the 53 million Egyptian men and women entitled to vote – 98.1% chose to ratify the new constitution.
The battle for Taksim which has spread across across Turkey in recent days is being waged economically and politically. Taksim is, after all, the hub of Istanbul's European side and a highly symbolic place both collectively and politically. The square is linked to the pedestrian Istiklal Street and its iconic tramway which on weekends fills with crowds from every part of the city and different countries around the world.
We have become accustomed to major surprises during Iranian presidential elections. While the 1997 and 2005 elections were won by the least-expected candidates (Mohamed Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad), and the 2009 elections ended in the biggest political crisis the republic has undergone in its thirty year history, the 2013 elections will be remembered for the rejection of Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar, the two most awkward candidates for the Leader, Ali Khamenei.
On February 6th the starting date of Yemen's National Dialogue Conference was announced. March 18th 2013, a symbolic date if we take into account that it will be the second anniversary of the 'Friday of Dignity' massacre in which 52 demonstrators calling for the downfall of the over three-decades-old Saleh regime were killed.
Nevruz, the commemoration of spring's arrival, has special connotations in Turkey this year. On Thursday 21 March, Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Workers' Party) – labelled a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union – announced a ceasefire and called for the PKK's withdrawal from the country.