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The Leader’s Course Must Take over the Country

Nov 19 2012
Iran
Source: 
Rooz on Line

Seven months left for the presidential elections in Iran, some analysts speculate that a number of banned newspapers will be allowed to republish and a number of prominent political prisoners will be released prior to the June 2013 elections with the goal of creating public enthusiasm to vote, individuals close to the supreme leader of the Islamic regime have said that the next president must be more coordinated with the leader.

Senate Rejects Panel Proposed By WJ

Nov 19 2012
Afghanistan
Source: 
Daily Outlook Afghanistan

Meshrano Jirga -- or upper house of parliament -- on Sunday rejected a proposed panel that would introduce members of election commissions' to the president.

The panel's creation has been suggested in a law on the composition, duties and powers of the Independent Election Commission ('IEC) and Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC). The Wolesi Jirga, lower house, passed the measure last month.

Opposition steps up boycott campaign. Chief blasts Awazem candidates. Six young tweeters arrested

Nov 14 2012
Kuwait
Source: 
Kuwait Times

The opposition decided yesterday to launch a campaign in all the five constituencies to boycott the Dec 1 general elections after it said that its boycott of candidate registration had been very successful. Speaking after a meeting of former opposition MPs and youth activists, former MP Jamaan Al-Harbash said that it has been decided that former lawmakers will coordinate in each constituency with youth activists to call on people to boycott the ballots.

Rivals of Iraq's Maliki try to block third term

Nov 13 2012
Iraq
Source: 
Reuters

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's rivals have started campaigning for term limits in an attempt to block the Shi'ite leader running for a third term in 2014, opening up a new battle in the country's fragile cross-sectarian government.

Since the last American troops left Iraq nearly a year ago, the country's Shi'ite, Sunni Muslim and ethnic Kurdish parties have been caught up in a power-sharing stalemate that has left key oil and investment laws paralyzed in parliament.

13 Political Parties Pass Verification for 2014 Elections

Nov 10 2012
Indonesia
Source: 
Indonesia Today

Thirteen political parties have passed factual verification conducted by the General Election Commission (KPU) for 2014 elections. 

Three other political parties, including Golkar and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), yet to pass the verification. The factual verification includes (1) core party structure (chairman, secretary, treasurer), party's office, and representation of 30% female in the party structure.

The 13 political parties passed the verification are:

Hizbullah delegation after Meeting al-Rahi: Proposals to Form Neutral Govt. are Not Realistic

Nov 10 2012
Lebanon
Source: 
Naharnet

A Hizbullah delegation held talks on Friday with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on the latest local developments, particularly a new government and parliamentary electoral law.

It said after the talks at Bkirki: “Proposals to form a neutral government are not realistic and we oppose the obstruction of state institutions.”

The delegation was headed by Hizbullah's politburo chief Sayyed Ibrahim Amin al-Sayyed.

Elections to take place January 23

Oct 16 2012
Jordan
Source: 
Jordan Times

AMMAN – The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) on Tuesday announced that the upcoming parliamentary elections will be held on January 23, 2013, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. 

The IEC also announced that filing candidacy applications for the elections will start on December 22 and will continue for three days, according to the law.

Israel's parliament dissolves and sets early Jan. 22 poll

Oct 16 2012
Israel
Source: 
Reuters

JERUSALEM, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Israel's Parliament on Tuesday set a January 22 date for a national election and opinion polls predict an easy win for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in balloting expected to focus on his tough policies on Iran's nuclear programme and economics.

Lawmakers approved the measure by a vote of 100 to nil after a more than eight-hour debate, dissolving parliament, or ending its term of office, effective immediately and months ahead of schedule.

Syria death toll hits 33,082 – Security Council inaction encouraging Assad

Oct 13 2012
Syria
Source: 
Kuwait Times

Violence in Syria has killed at least 33,082 people, most of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said yesterday. Some 1,000 people have been killed in the past five days alone, the Britain-based watchdog said.  “This is all-out war-there is no other way to describe the violence in Syria,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said. At least 23,630 civilians have been killed, along with 8,211 soldiers and 1,241 army defectors who joined the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad.

Assembly dissolution under scrutiny – Experts debate decree amid conflicting views

Oct 06 2012
Kuwait
Source: 
Kuwait Times

National Assembly was subjected to a delicate constitutional scrutiny by experts and law professors to make sure that it does not have any constitutional violations in it. The source confirmed approving the decree any minute besides other decrees to call for new elections, the state’s budget and transforming Kuwait Airways into a shareholding company, as the Government considers them to be laws that cannot be delayed to meet the urgency requirement, according to Article 71 of the Constitution.

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