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Istanbul votes again: An existential battle for the heart and soul of Turkey

Jun 22 2019
Turkey
Source: 
Alaraby

For the first time in 24 years, Turkey's AKP lost control of Istanbul. Now, the battle is happening all over again.

It's nearing sundown in one of Istanbul's most popular bar districts, but the streets are unusually quiet.

A short walk away, a few hundred locals are gathered in a park, snacking on sunflower seeds and drinking beer.

That's not an unusual summertime sight in the city's few green spaces, but this time, Istanbulites have come out for more than a sunset picnic.

Los mauritanos votan con normalidad en comicios para elegir nuevo presidente

Jun 22 2019
Mauritania
Source: 
LA VANGUARDIA
Más de millón y medio de mauritanos votan con normalidad desde esta mañana en los comicios presidenciales para elegir al sucesor del jefe de Estado saliente, Mohamed uld Abdel Aziz.
 
Al mediodía, fuentes de la Comisión Electoral Nacional Independiente (CENI) dijeron a Efe que se había registrado una participación del 30 % del electorado.
 
La jornada está transcurriendo sin incidentes, a excepción de casos de electores que no encuentran sus colegios o que protestan porque sus nombres no aparecen en el censo electoral.
 

Mauritania votes in first election since independence

Jun 22 2019
Mauritania
Source: 
Iraq now

Voters in the West African state of Mauritania went to the polls on Saturday after a campaign dominated by the country's economy and appeals to preserve its hard-won stability.

The ballot is the first in the nation's coup-strewn history - five coups since independence from France in 1960 - that looks set to see an elected president complete his mandate and hand over to an elected successor.

Protests continue in Iraq's southern city of Basra

Jun 22 2019
Iraq
Source: 
Kurdistan 24

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Hundreds of protesters continue to take to the streets to renew their ongoing public outcry against chronic corruption, lack of basic public services, and unemployment in the southern, oil-rich province of Basra.

An angry crowd gathered in front of the governorate building which houses the local provincial council on Thursday, but riot police and other security forces present had cordoned it off as a precaution following the destruction of the previous office last year.

UGTA : Election d’une nouvelle direction aujourd’hui

Jun 21 2019
Algeria
Source: 
El Watan

Quelque 800 délégués participent, aujourd’hui à Alger, au 13e congrès de l’UGTA dont l’ordre du jour prévoit l’élection de la nouvelle direction de la centrale syndicale.

Dans une déclaration à l’APS, le secrétaire national chargé des relations publiques à l’union, Ahmed Guetiche a indiqué que 800 délégués de wilaya, dont les responsables d’une trentaine de fédérations de différents secteurs professionnels, participeront aux travaux de ce congrès de deux jours qui verra l’élection de la nouvelle direction de l’Union et l’évaluation du travail accompli.

IEC Allocates $30M For Purchasing Biometric Devices

Jun 18 2019
Afghanistan
Source: 
ToloNews

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday announced the allocation of $30 million for purchasing biometric identification devices ahead of the September presidential elections.

The head of the IEC secretariate, Habib-Ur-Rahman Nang said the election commission has finalized $150 million as the budget for the elections and that it has been shared with the Ministry of Finance.

Nang made the statement during a ceremony that marked the official launch of distribution of certificates and identity cards to the election observers.

Égypte : l’ancien président Mohamed Morsi meurt en plein procès

Jun 17 2019
Egypt
Source: 
Jeune Afrique avec AFP-

Mohamed Morsi est mort ce lundi des suites d'un malaise après une audition devant le tribunal du Caire où se déroulait son procès. Il était âgé de 67 ans.

L’ex-président égyptien Mohamed Morsi est mort après une audition au tribunal au Caire à la suite d’un malaise, a annoncé ce lundi la télévision d’Etat égyptienne. L’ex-dirigeant avait été élu en 2012 après la révolte qui avait provoqué le départ d’Hosni Moubarak dans le cadre du printemps arabe. Il avait ensuite été renversé en 2013 par Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, l’actuel président.

Iraq's electoral commission postpones local elections until April 2020

Jun 17 2019
Iraq
Source: 
Iraq now

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) announced on Monday that provincial elections will be held across the country on April 20, 2020, the second time the date has been changed this year.

They were originally set to take place on Dec. 22, 2018, but IHEC announced in January that they would be postponed until November 2019, five months before the new date just announced.

“The election has been delayed for two years now,” commission member Hazim Redini told Kurdistan 24. 

Libya's Sarraj calls for elections in 2019 to end war

Jun 17 2019
Libya
Source: 
Iraq now

The head of Libya's UN-supported government on Sunday proposed holding nationwide elections to end the war in the North African country, as the forces of the rival military commander Khalifa Haftar continue their two-month-long battle to take the capital, Tripoli.

Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj told a news conference in Tripoli, the seat of his administration, that he is proposing a "Libyan forum" aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the conflict. The talks would draw up a roadmap for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held before the end of 2019.

Halbousi elected as new president of Iraqi Forces Alliance

Jun 16 2019
Iraq
Source: 
Iraq now

The Iraqi Forces Alliance has elected Mohamed al-Halbousi, the Iraqi parliament speaker, as its president, and Falah Zaidan as the head of the parliamentary bloc.

Halbousi and Zaidan were elected during a meeting attended by more than 40 MPs of the Iraqi Forces Alliance, according to a statement by the alliance.

The National Axis Alliance, which was considered to be the largest Sunni bloc in the Iraqi parliament was divided in mid-May to two alliances; the Iraqi Forces Alliance, and the National Axis Alliance led by Khamis al-Khanjar, following internal differences.

Présidentielle en Mauritanie: dans les QG de campagne, c'est meeting tous les soirs

Jun 16 2019
Mauritania
Source: 
RFI AFRIQUE
Les Mauritaniens se rendront aux bureaux de vote le 22 juin pour se choisir un nouveau président de la République parmi six candidats, dont un général à la retraite soutenu par majorité sortante. Le général Ghazouani doit donc affronter cinq prétendants issus de l’opposition, dont un ancien Premier ministre et un militant anti-esclavagiste. Tous les candidats font campagne à l’intérieur du pays. A Nouakchott, la capitale, leurs partisans assurent l’animation tous les soirs dans les QG au rythme des chants et danses à la gloire de leurs leaders à la conquête du pouvoir.

Feuille de route de la société civile (traduction non officielle)

Jun 15 2019
Algeria
Source: 
Huffpost Maghreb

La conférence nationale des dynamiques de la société civile a adopté ce 15 juin une feuille de route pour une sortie de crise. Le HuffPost Algérie publie le texte intégral (traduction non officielle) de cette feuille de route. 

Initiative des forces de la société civile pour une sortie de crise et une transition démocratique vers une nouvelle République

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