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Kyrgyzstan: Local Voting Unsettles National Politics

Nov 27 2012
Kyrgyzstan
Source: 
Eurasianet

Kyrgyzstan, the closest thing Central Asia has to a working democracy, just held municipal elections. The results are generating tension within the national governing coalition, fueling complaints that new voices are being stifled and causing some observers to raise the specter of a possible repeat of recent history.

Voters in five key municipalities in Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek, Batken, Jalal-Abad, Naryn and Talas – cast ballots November 25 to select new city councils, which choose mayors and make decisions on municipal spending.

Majlis approves draft budget

Nov 27 2012
Oman
Source: 
Times of Oman

Muscat: The Majlis  Al Shura yesterday voted its approval of the Economic and Financial Committee's report on the State Draft Budget for the fiscal year 2013. 

Earlier, discussions were held between Majlis Al Shura members and Darwish bin Ismail Al Balushi, Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs.

MoI authorizes opposition demo – Court won’t rule on electoral decree

Nov 27 2012
Kuwait
Source: 
Kuwait Times

KUWAIT: The Interior Ministry yesterday issued a permit to the organizers of the opposition demonstration on Friday, one day before the Dec 1 election. The opposition has decided to stage the demonstration in protest against holding the election on the basis of the amended electoral law. Interior Ministry spokesman Col Adel Al-Hashash told a press conference yesterday that the ministry issued the permit after it found that the application submitted by the organizers met the conditions set by the ministry, mainly that the demonstration must be peaceful.

16 Ministries Fail to Spend 50pc of Uplift Funds

Nov 27 2012
Afghanistan
Source: 
Daily Outlook Afghanistan

Sixteen ministries and 17 government departments failed to spend half of their developmental budgets during the outgoing financial year, the Wolesi Jirga Finance and Budget Commission said on Monday.
Under Article 98 of the constitution, the government has to present to the lower during the last quarter of each financial year the budget for the next year. A precise account of the previous year budget will be presented to the assembly during the next six months.

No display of arms during elections: ECP

Nov 27 2012
Pakistan
Source: 
The News

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Tuesday expressed satisfaction that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has completed arrangements for holding the general election in the country.

 The Prime Minister made these remarks while talking to Secretary Election Commission Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan here at the PM House.

 The Secretary Election Commission informed the Prime Minister that a code of conduct has also been prepared by the Election Commission prohibiting display of weapons during election campaign.

 The Prime Minister appreciated the decision.

Egypt crisis: Crowds set for rally against Mohammed Mursi

Nov 27 2012
Egypt
Source: 
BBC

Thousands of people are gathering in Cairo for a protest against Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, who last week granted himself sweeping new powers.

Ahead of the rally opposition activists clashed with police, who used tear gas.

Mr Mursi has sought to defuse the crisis by saying the scope of his new powers is limited, but his opponents want him to withdraw his decree.

On Monday, the Muslim Brotherhood cancelled a rally in support of the president to prevent violence.

Morsi’s moves divide Egypt’s judiciary

Nov 27 2012
Egypt
Source: 
Al-Jazeera

As Egypt gears up for further protests, divisions over President Mohamad Morsi's recent decrees to solidify his power have had a polarising effect on the judiciary, one of the country's most sacred institutions.

Morsi's declaration has led to a judicial boycott by some judges, while others say what the president is doing is justified, and those refusing to hear cases are playing politics. 

Egypt crisis hits stock exchange

Nov 25 2012
Egypt
Source: 
Al Jazeera

Share prices on Egypt's stock exchange have plunged almost 9.5 per cent, days after President Mohamed Morsi assumed sweeping powers that sparked clashes and polarised the country's politics.

The main EGX-30 index shed 9.49 per cent by midday (10:00 GMT) on Sunday to reach 4,923.19 points, according to the Egyptian Exchange, with trading suspended for half an hour due to intense investor selling.

The bourse suspended trading for 30 minutes after intense selling by investors, as shares slumped in the first session since the president's announcement.

Six weeks after being shot, Mauritania's president returns home

Nov 25 2012
Mauritania
Source: 
CNN

More than six weeks after being shot, reportedly by his own troops, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz returned home Saturday evening from France, where he'd been receiving medical treatment.

After arriving at Nouakchott Airport in the West African nation's capital, Aziz met with government officials and legislative leaders, according to the state-run AMI news agency.

Le président de la CNISEL change de ton

Nov 24 2012
Algeria
Source: 
Tout sur l'Algérie

Achira Mammeri. Mohamed Seddiki revient à de meilleurs sentiments. Après avoir mené une campagne tambour battant tout au long de la campagne électorale contre l’administration, la justice, et le gouvernement, le président de la Cnisel change de ton à une semaine des élections locales du 29 novembre. « Beaucoup de problèmes ont été pris en charge. Des promesses nous ont été faites pour régler les derniers obstacles dans les prochains jours », se félicite M. Seddiki ce vendredi 23 novembre dans une déclaration à TSA.

Top Egyptian judicial body rips Morsy

Nov 24 2012
Egypt
Source: 
CNN

Egypt's highest judicial body joined protesters Saturday in lambasting the country's president for issuing a decree disabling the courts and giving him unchecked power.

President Mohamed Morsy on Thursday announced that courts could not overturn any decree or law he has issued since taking office in June and, beyond that, in the six months until a new constitution is finalized, his spokesman said on state-run TV.

Young Kuwaitis restless in welfare haven

Nov 24 2012
Kuwait
Source: 
Gulf News

why are thousands of young Kuwaitis so dissatisfied?

Kuwait City: They enjoy scholarships, secure jobs and generous salaries at a time when so many young people around the world have dim prospects and are underemployed. So why are thousands of young Kuwaitis so dissatisfied?

The answer, for Abdullah Ashkanani, who like more than half of Kuwaitis is under 25, is about fairness and the freedom to speak out.

Election campaign drawing to a close

Nov 23 2012
Algeria
Source: 
APS

ALGIERS-The campaign for the local elections of November 29 for the renewal of the members of 1541 municipal popular assemblies(APC) and 48 Provincial Popular Assemblies (APW) is drawing to a close, with the continuation of marathon meetings and trips of the 52 political parties and independent candidates who strive to convince their supporters and voters.

IHEC approves 23 political entities

Nov 22 2012
Iraq
Source: 
IHEC

 The IHEC approves (23) PEs that presented their request to participate in GCEs which take place on 20 April. Next year.

Mr. Moqdad Al Sharify, CEO declared that the number of political entity approved by the IEHC are (23) political entity and the IHEC still accept requests from a different entities according to the procedures and regulations that adopted by IHEC.

The IHEC Opened the political entity registration untill 25 November after approved the certification regulation of the PE and coalition.

 Aliaa Kamil

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