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Egypt's outgoing Constituent Assembly holds debate without opposition

Dec 21 2012
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

Egypt’s political opposition boycotted a debate on the draft constitution on Friday, one day before the second phase of the national charter’s referendum. The session, however, was held as planned.

The debate, designed to give opposition the chance to voice their reservations over the draft constitution, was held at the headquarters of the upper house of parliament (Shura Council).

Bosnia Urged To Put April Census on Hold

Dec 20 2012
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Source: 
Balkan Insight

The external body monitoring Bosnia's 2013 census has advised the authorities to postpone the headcount planned for April on the grounds that the country is insufficiently prepared.

Andy McGuffie, of the EU delegation to Bosnia, told Balkan Insight on Wednesday that the International Monitoring Operation, IMO, which oversaw this year's test census, does not believe Bosnia and Herzegovina is ready.

France recognises Algeria colonial suffering

Dec 20 2012
Algeria
Source: 
al-Jazeera

Falling short of an apology, President Francois Hollande has acknowledged France's colonisation of Algeria was "brutal and unfair".

"For 132 years, Algeria was subjected to a brutal and unfair system: colonisation. I acknowledge the suffering it caused," Hollande told the Algerian parliament on Thursday on the second and final day of a landmark visit to the North African country.

Elections législatives et municipales?: Un coup de balaie général pour 2014

Dec 20 2012
Mauritania
Source: 
C.R.I.DE.M.

Contrairement aux informations distillées il y a quelques jours par des sources de presse selon lesquelles la Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI) va fixer dans les 48 heures, une date pour la tenue d’élections législatives et municipales, les faits semblent prouver le contraire.

Selon d’autres indications, ces scrutins, qui souffrent déjà d’un retard de plus d’un an par rapport à leur délai constitutionnel, ne pourront pas avoir lieu en 2013. Certains analystes tablent pour des élections générales en 2014.

Morsy to receive nominees for Shura Council on Friday

Dec 20 2012
Egypt
Source: 
Egipt Independent

The National Dialogue Committee (NDC) has completed its final list of nominations for the Shura Council and plans to present it to President Mohamed Morsy on Friday.

The NDC was formed by the president in an attempt to appease political forces who oppose the draft constitution, and to bridge differences across the parties in the future of the political process.

Draft law seeks to expel military members for political involvement

Dec 20 2012
Turkey
Source: 
Today's Zaman
The draft of a law on the disciplinary rules of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) makes involvement by members of the military in political or ideologically motivated activities grounds for their expulsion from the military, the Yeni Şafak daily reported on Thursday.
 
According to the bill, which has been submitted to the Parliament Speaker's Office, military members who are involved in political or ideologically motivated activities will be expelled from the military.

Two new election tickets emerge ahead of official candidacy period

Dec 20 2012
Jordan
Source: 
The Jordan Times

Two new political groups announced their nominees for the national ticket on Thursday, two days ahead of the start of the official period to file candidacy applications for the January 23 parliamentary polls.

The “Nation List”, which will be a nucleus of a new political party, announced on Thursday its 27 candidates on the national level, headed by former deputy Lower House speaker Atef Tarawneh.

The new group is expected to announce its full programme next week, according to Tarawneh.

Abu Olbeh to lead joint leftist-nationalist election ticket

Dec 19 2012
Jordan
Source: 
The Jordan Times

Leftists and pan-Arab parties agreed to run for the January 23 parliamentary elections under one national list, a leftist leader said on Wednesday. 

“We will form the necessary coalitions with candidates at the national level, particularly those who adopt programmes similar to ours, but we will not have our own candidates to run in the local districts,” Abla Abu Olbeh, secretary general of the Jordanian Democratic People’s Party (Hashed), said.

Existing laws blamed for driving political deals

Dec 18 2012
Indonesia
Source: 
The Jakarta Post

Several observers have blamed existing legislation for encouraging political parties to rely on business tycoons to support their operational costs, saying such practices often lead to political transactions.

According to the Clean Indonesia Movement (GIB) chairman Adhie Massardi, several existing regulations had driven political parties to dishonestly exercise all possible means to solicit financial aid.

Abbas se reúne este martes con Rajoy para agradecer el apoyo a Palestina en la Asamblea de la ONU

Dec 18 2012
Palestine
Source: 
Europapress

El presidente palestino, Mahmud Abbas, viajará este martes a Madrid para entrevistarse con el presidente del Gobierno, Mariano Rajoy, y agradecerle personalmente el apoyo de España a Palestina en la reciente votación en la Asamblea General de la ONU en la que recibió estatus de Estado observador no miembro, han informado a Europa Press fuentes diplomáticas palestinas.

Ahmadinejad cancels trip to Turkey

Dec 17 2012
Iran
Source: 
Mehr News
The head of Iran Presidency international affairs office reported of the cancellation of the president’s trip to Turkey due to preoccupations in job.

Mohammad Reza Forghani, head of Iran Presidency international affairs office told news of the president’s revocation of his plan to travel to Turkey.

Forghani counted the revocation due to engagement.

Morsi-appointed public prosecutor resigns

Dec 17 2012
Egypt
Source: 
al-Jazeera

Egypt's new public prosecutor, appointed by President Mohamed Morsi last month, has resigned from his post, judicial sources and the main state newspaper al-Ahram reports.

The resignation of Public Prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah on Monday follows a furore among members of the judiciary who said Morsi's decision in November to sack the former public prosecutor and appoint Abdallah was an assault on the independence of the judiciary.

Angry crowd hurls stones at Tunisian leaders

Dec 17 2012
Tunisia
Source: 
al-Jazeera

Angry protesters have hurled rocks at the Tunisian president and parliamentary speaker in Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of the revolution that erupted in the north African country two years ago.

The incident began after a speech by President Moncef Marzouki in the central Tunisian town, where celebrations are taking place on Monday to mark the anniversary of the revolution.

Mustapha Ben Jaafar, the parliamentary speaker, was about to address the crowd when the violence began.

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