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Religious minorities take part in Iran legislative elections

Feb 16 2020
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Armenians and Assyrians are getting ready to cast their ballots in Iran’s eleventh parliamentary elections. Under the Constitution, there are five reserved seats in the legislature for Iran’s religious minorities. Speaking to Press TV, voters said, their communities will take part in elections as it’s a national duty.

Israel’s Gantz vows to form government without Netanyahu

Feb 16 2020
Israel
Source: 
Politico.com

 

JERUSALEM — Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz is vowing to form a government that will include neither the indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor the predominantly Arab parties in Parliament.

In a series of TV interviews two weeks before national elections, Gantz looked to project confidence that the March 2 vote will provide the decisive outcome that eluded the two previous elections last year.

Iran candidates kick off campaigns for parliamentary elections

Feb 13 2020
Iran
Source: 
al Jazeera

Guardian Council, which vets prospective candidates, barred more than 9,000 from out of more than 16,000 aspirants.

Thousands of Iranian candidates approved to run in parliamentary elections kicked off their campaigns on Thursday ahead of next week's vote, even after authorities barred thousands of others from running, mainly reformists and moderates.

 

The February 21 parliamentary elections come amid high tensions between Tehran and Washington, which is at its peak in 40 years.

Mohammed Allawi appointed new Iraq PM, protesters reject him

Feb 01 2020
Iraq
Source: 
al-Jazeera

Ex-minister named as Iraq prime minister-designate, but anti-government demonstrators say he is part of ruling elite.

Baghdad, Iraq - Anti-government protesters in Iraq have been quick to dismiss President Barham Salih's appointment of Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi as prime minister-designate, as rallies took place in the capital, Baghdad, and cities in the country's southern provinces.

Tunisie: La HAICA dénonce l’utilisation du discours religieux pour l’attaquer

Jan 30 2020
Tunisia
Source: 
Tunisie Numerique

 

La Haute autorité indépendante de la communication audiovisuelle (HAICA) a mis en garde contre le “danger de l’utilisation croissante du discours religieux extrémiste pour l’incitation à son encontre et contre certains de ses membres, par des personnes qui savent depuis le début de la révolution utiliser des discours appelant à la violence et à la haine, exploitant leurs caractéristiques religieuses et partisanes, ce qui menace la sécurité des ses membres et leur sécurité. ”

Élections législatives: La CMA annonce « qu’elle ne peut pas participer dans les conditions du calendrier actuel

Jan 28 2020
Mali
Source: 
Le Combat

Le gouvernement de la République du Mali lors du dernier conseil des ministres a annoncé la tenue des élections législatives dès le mois de mars 2020 pour le premier tour. Le collège électoral a été convoqué à cet effet. Une annonce suite à laquelle la Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad vient de réagir par un communiqué.

Tunisia's Ennahdha party dismisses new coalition government

Jan 27 2020
Tunisia
Source: 
al Jazeera

North African nation may be heading for new parliamentary elections over its inability to form a government.

Tunisia's Islamist Ennahdha party has rejected a new government proposal that excludes other parties, and is open to contest another election.

The biggest party in Parliament in a statement on Monday threatened to upend a second attempt to form a coalition government since elections in October, which fragmented the political establishment.

Serraj and Hafter invited by Germany to 19 January Berlin conference on Libya

Jan 15 2020
Libya
Source: 
Libya Herald

 

Germany has confirmed that the head of the internationally recognized Libyan government based in Tripoli, Faiez Serraj, and the head of the mainly eastern-based Libyan National Army, Khalifa Hafter, have been invited to the 19 January Berlin conference on Libya.

The USA, Russia, China, France, UK, Italy, Germany, Turkey, UAE, Republic of Congo, Egypt and Algeria, as well as the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union and Arab League – have all been invited.

Sudan: Army quells Khartoum rebellion from former troops

Jan 15 2020
Sudan
Source: 
BBC

udan's army has quelled a rebellion from former elite troops loyal to the ousted leader Omar al-Bashir.

Shooting broke out on Tuesday in the capital Khartoum and the city's airport was briefly closed amid the clashes.

The violence was sparked by a row over severance pay, the government said. The rebellious troops belong to an intelligence agency that is being disbanded.

Two soldiers were killed and four were injured in the unrest.

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