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Bosnia: Early Promises Give Way to Disillusion

Dec 27 2012
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Source: 
Balkan Insight

Vjekoslav Bevanda's appointment as Bosnia's new Prime Minister in January - and his promise that 2012 would be a “European year” - fuelled hopes of a new page in the life of the country.

While the positive rhetoric of the new government encouraged many institutions, analysts and the European Union, the old power struggles soon resumed, as the two main Bosniak [Muslim] parties fell
out over adoption of a state budget - the first major test of the government's coherence.

3º Congrès de l’UFP: Sous le signe de l’International marxisme-léninisme

Dec 27 2012
Mauritania
Source: 
C.R.I.DE.M.

L’Union des Forces du Progrès (UFP) prépare activement son 3ème Congrès. Tout comme le parti islamiste Tawassoul qui vient de couronner avec succès un 2ème Congrès marqué par une forte présence de l’international islamiste, l’UFP s’apprête à faire son trop plein d’invités de marqué de l’International communiste, avec des sommités venues du Sénégal, de Guinée, du Mali et de la France, tous frappés au marxisme-léninisme.

Bilawal Bhutto’s entry: A new era for PPP?

Dec 27 2012
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune

A vast political legacy in the past, a complicated presidential term for his father in the present and a high-pressure general election in the near future – Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s official debut on December 27, 2012 contains all the elements of a thrilling political saga.

Bilawal’s entry into mainstream politics is being closely observed and has received mixed reactions from journalists, analysts and experts.

Senior journalist Quatrina Hussain is a vehement critic of dynasty politics but acknowledges that in South Asia, it is part of the package.

La oposición egipcia prepara el nuevo pulso con Morsi

Dec 25 2012
Egypt
Source: 
El País

El mensaje de la oposición egipcia tras el referéndum constitucional del sábado ha sido tan claro como desafiante: se ha perdido una batalla, pero la guerra por definir el alma de Egipto continúa. La Comisión Electoral anunció este martes el resultado definitivo de la consulta: la nueva Constitución recibió el apoyo del 63,8% de los votos.

Saudi Arabia calls on Iran to stop interfering

Dec 24 2012
Saudi Arabia
Source: 
Gulf news

Manama: Saudi Arabia on Monday told Iran to stop interfering in internal Gulf Arab affairs and spreading “sedition”, activities Tehran denies.

The comments, made by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal, follow similar allegations levelled at Iran by the kingdom in the past, and other Gulf states are likely to voice similar complaints at a summit of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that opened on Monday.

Mohamed Abbadi, nouveau chef d’Al Adl Wal Ihsane

Dec 24 2012
Morocco
Source: 
Demain Online

L’association Al Adl Wal Ihsane (Justice et spiritualité) a annoncé aujourd’hui lors d’une conférence de presse tenue à Salé que Mohamed Abbadi, autrefois numéro 2 du défunt Abdessalam Yassine, a été élu « secrétaire général » lors d’une réunion extraordinaire du Conseil de la Choura, l’organe suprême de ce mouvement islamiste, les 21, 23 et 23 décembre à Salé.

Bosnia Federation In Deadlock Over Ministers

Dec 24 2012
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Source: 
Balkan Insight

The President of the Bosniak-Croat entity has refused to dismiss ministers who belong to parties that are not the part of the new parliamentary majority.

President Budimir rejected Niksic's demand to dismiss eight of the 16 ministers from the government until their cases are resolved by the relevant courts.

“As a President of the Federation I don't want to interfere in decisions of the judiciary which... refer to open questions over disputes in the functioning of the government,” Budimir said.

Le Sénat adopte deux projets de loi

Dec 24 2012
Mauritania
Source: 
C.R.I.DE.M.

Le Sénat a adopté, au cours d'une séance plénière tenue, dimanche à Nouakchott, sous la présidence de son vice-président, M. Seydna Ali Ould Mohamed Khouna, deux projets de loi dont le premier porte sur la répression des crimes de coup d'Etat et autres formes de changements anticonstitutionnels du pouvoir, en tant que crimes contre la sûreté de l'Etat et le second sur la répression des crimes d'esclavage et de la torture en tant que crimes contre l'humanité.

UN envoy Brahimi arrives in Damascus

Dec 23 2012
Syria
Source: 
al-Yazeera

International peace envoy tasked with ending Syria’s conflict has arrived in Syria and is set to meet with President Bashar al-Assad.

Lakhdar Brahimi is hoping to "achieve a breakthrough", to broker a solution that would lead to a consensus transitional government with full authority, diplomatic sources told Al Jazeera on Sunday.

Brahimi's trip is his third to Damascus since taking his post in August.

Egypt's vice president resigns amid polls

Dec 23 2012
Egypt
Source: 
al-Jazeera

Egypt's vice president has announced his resignation on the day of a referendum on a new constitution, state TV reported.

Mahmoud Mekki's resignation on Saturday was announced just hours before the end of voting in the second and final round of a referendum on a disputed Muslim Brotherhood-backed constitution.

Mekki, a career judge, has said he intends to quit once the charter is adopted.

The new constitution eliminates the post of vice president.

Tawassoul / Deuxième congres : Communiqué final

Dec 23 2012
Mauritania
Source: 
C.R.I.DE.M.

Les 8, 9, 10 Safar 1434 H, les 20, 21, et 22 Décembre 2012, dans une atmosphère empreinte de sérieux, de responsabilité et de discussions fructueuses, s’est tenu le deuxième congrès du Rassemblement National pour le Reforme et le Développement (Tawassoul) sous le slogan « Un projet fédérateur pour un avenir prometteur ». Les congressistes étaient au nombre de 721, et se répartissaient sur 48 des 54 moughataas du pays.

Presidency 'lies' on the constitution, says No to Military Trials Campaign

Dec 23 2012
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

The No to Military Trials Campaign accuses Egypt's presidency of "lying" regarding the status of the military trials of civilians, in response to a statement released by Egypt's presidential assistant on foreign relations, Essam Haddad.

While Haddad's statement claims that the new constitution marks Egypt's progress towards universal Human Rights standards, including prohibiting the trying of civilians in military courts, the rights campaign condemned such a statement as completely false.

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