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Avenfield verdict: Nawaz to serve 10 years in jail for owning assets beyond income, Maryam 7 for abetment

Jul 06 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

The accountability court on Friday announced the verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), handing ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif 10 years as jail time for owning assets beyond known income and 1 year for not cooperating with NAB. The sentences will run concurrently which means the former prime minister will serve 10 years in jail.

Opposition Nation Alliance promises return to parliamentary system

Jun 22 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Daily Sabah

In a joint statement released yesterday, the Nation Alliance promised to return to the parliamentary system if elected.

The parties in the Nation Alliance, namely the Republican People's Party (CHP), the Good Party (İP), the Felicity Party (SP) and the Democrat Party (DP), said that when and if they obtain a majority in Parliament, the political governing system is to be reconstructed in line with the principles of separation of powers and pluralistic democracy.

Iraq court rules cancellation of some votes in May election was unconstitutional

Jun 21 2018
Iraq
Source: 
Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s top court upheld on Thursday a law mandating a nationwide recount of votes in a May parliamentary election but ruled that the cancellation of overseas, displaced, and Peshmerga ballots was unconstitutional.

Parliament, which had mandated the recount after a number of political parties alleged fraud, had canceled some results such as overseas and displaced votes by amending the election law this month.

Opposition candidates offer each other vice president seats ahead of election

Jun 20 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Daily Sabah

nly four days ahead of Turkey's June 24 presidential and parliamentary snap elections, top opposition candidates for the Turkish head of state announced that they will appoint each other for vice presidential seats as a sign of increasing cooperation between their recently forged electoral alliance.

Record expat voter turnout for Turkey's elections

Jun 20 2018
Turkey
Source: 
TRT World

Almost half of Turkish voters living abroad cast votes in Turkey’s June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections – a higher turnout than in previous polls, the nation's top election official said on Wednesday.

More than 1.48 million Turkish expats went to the polls between June 7 and 19, a turnout of 48.78 percent, Sadi Guven, head of the Supreme Election Council (YSK), told reporters in the capital Ankara, adding that the voting at foreign missions in 60 countries had occurred without incident.

Jailed presidential candidate of HDP makes landmark pre-recorded election speech from prison

Jun 18 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Selahattin Demirtaş, the jailed presidential candidate of the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), made his campaign speech on the state broadcaster TRT on June 17 from prison, marking a first in Turkey and the world's political histo

Reviewing new Cabinet’s program on top of Parliament’s priority list

Jun 18 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Egypt Today

CAIRO – 17 June 2018: The Parliament will review a number of topics following Eid Al-Fitr holiday, with the program of the new Cabinet headed by PM Mostafa Madbouly on top of the list. The program is set to be introduced to the Parliament in the upcoming sessions. 

Eid al-Fitr is an important Islamic feast that follows the holy fasting month of Ramadan. 

Cabinet’s program 

Razzaz’s government sworn in before King

Jun 15 2018
Jordan
Source: 
The Jordan Times

AMMAN — Prime Minister Omar Razzaz and his Cabinet were sworn in on Thursday before His Majesty King Abdullah, who issued a Royal Decree ordering the formation of the Cabinet after the resignation of the government of Hani Mulki, the Royal Court said in a statement.

Besides Razzaz, the Cabinet consists of 28 ministers including 7 women for the first time in the history of the Kingdom.

It includes 11 first-time ministers and 17 who have served in previous governments.

Women rights movement hails unprecedented number of women in government

Jun 15 2018
Jordan
Source: 
The Jordan Times

AMMAN — The Jordanian National Commision for Women (JNCW) on Thursday commended the government for the inclusion of women in the new ministerial team headed by Prime Minister-designate Omar Razzaz, pointing out that “the new government has set a new record in the number of female ministers in the history of Jordan".

Razzaz's team, sworn in on Thursday, includes seven women in the 29-strong Cabinet.

Meet Egypt's 12 new ministers in PM Mostafa Madbouly's cabinet

Jun 14 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

The 32 ministers in the cabinet of Egypt's newly appointed Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly were sworn in before President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Thursday.

Last week, President El-Sisi appointed Housing Minister Madbouly as a new prime minister and tasked him with forming the new cabinet, following the resignation of the cabinet of former PM Sherif Ismail.

The new cabinet includes 12 new ministers.

Mohamed Zaki – Minister of Defence

Sudan opposition to boycott 2020 elections

Jun 13 2018
Sudan
Source: 
Middle East Monitor

The Sudanese opposition alliance announced on Monday that it will boycott the general elections scheduled in 2020 after the ruling party approved a new electoral law rejected by the alliance.

The alliance’s media secretary, Mohamed Diyauddin said: “Boycotting the elections is a political process par excellence, and the positive boycott programme aims, through political mobility, to clarify the flaws in the new electoral law and the futility of the electoral process.”

PM Abadi says opposed to repeat of Iraq election

Jun 12 2018
Iraq
Source: 
Middle East Monitor

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday he opposed any repeat of the 12 May parliamentary election and warned that anyone who tried to sabotage the political process would be punished, after allegations of electoral fraud raised tensions.

Parliament has demanded a nationwide recount of votes, drawing calls for the election to be re-run. Abadi said only the Supreme Court could decide whether to re-run the vote, which was won by a bloc headed by Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

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