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Mass Amman rally ends peacefully

Dec 01 2012
Jordan
Source: 
Europapress

AMMAN - A mass pro-reform rally ended peacefully in Amman on Friday after counter-protestors suspended a series of rival demonstrations.

In a so-called Friday “popular uprising for reform,” some 7,000 activists converged on the Interior Ministry Circle in Amman to call for urgent political reforms and protest a recent government decision to raise fuel prices.

Les enseignements d’un scrutin

Dec 01 2012
Algeria
Source: 
El Moudjahid

L’unanimité n’est pas difficile à obtenir en faveur de la réussite d’un double scrutin pour les APC et les APW qui aura concrétisé
les principes de la démocratie participative et de la représentativité populaire dans les segments les plus essentiels. C’est d’autant plus rassurant quand on observe que cette consultation populaire intervient dans un climat de réformes politiques en profondeur initiées par le  Président de la République, M. Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Le scrutin par les chiffres : 7.191 sièges APC et 685 sièges APW pour le FLN

Dec 01 2012
Algeria
Source: 
El Moudjahid

Le Front de libération nationale (FLN) a remporté les élections locales organisées jeudi, en obtenant 7.191 sièges dans les Assemblées populaires communales (APC) et 685 sièges aux Assemblées de wilaya (APW). Le FLN vient ainsi en première position avec un taux de 28,89% des 24.891 sièges à pourvoir au sein des APC et 34,18% des 2 004 sièges à pourvoir aux APW, selon les résultats préliminaires rendus publics hier par le ministre de l'Intérieur et des Collectivités locales, M. Daho Ould Kablia lors d'une conférence de presse.

AKP offers to delay presidential system

Nov 30 2012
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has offered to postpone discussions at Parliament’s Constitution Reconciliation Commission on its proposal for a presidential system to avoid obstructing the body’s work after the three opposition parties backed the continuation of the parliamentary system. 

The AKP has also suggested that their presidential system proposal for Turkey’s new Constitution could eventually be drafted with red lines from opposition parties, in other words, with reservations and parentheses.

Palestinians celebrate status upgrade at UN

Nov 30 2012
Palestine
Source: 
al-Yazeera

Jubilant Palestinians have rejoiced at the historic - but largely symbolic - vote at the UN General Assembly in New York granting them non-member observer status.

Celebrations took place overnight in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Al Jazeera's correspondents in both places reported. 

"People here know that when they wake up on Friday they'll still be living under an Israeli occupation. They won't, for instance, be in control of their own borders," reported Nadim Baba from Ramallah, West Bank, amid deafening noise from ecstatic Palestinians. 

New programme for QLC ‘leaders’

Nov 29 2012
Qatar
Source: 
Qatar Tribune

DOHA QATAR Leadership Centre (QLC) held an orientation day for 35 participants of the newly launched current and future executive leaders programme 2012-2013.  The orientation session was held at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Doha, recently, where Sheikh Dr Abdulla bin Ali al Thani, board member and executive director of QLC outlined the programme goals, structure and QLC vision to the new participants. 

Egypt speeds new constitution amid Morsy protests

Nov 29 2012
Egypt
Source: 
CNN

 

Tumultuous efforts to draft a new constitution for Egypt rushed toward a conclusion Thursday as Islamists who dominate the council writing the new document called for a snap vote amid widespread protests against the Muslim Brotherhood-backed president.

The move was seen by some critics of President Mohamed Morsy as an effort by the Muslim Brotherhood to hijack the constitution.

Tunisians injured in protests over economy

Nov 28 2012
Tunisia
Source: 
al-Jazeera

At least 200 people were injured as Tunisians demanding jobs and economic development clashed with police, medical sources said, in the latest unrest to hit the country that spawned the Arab uprisings.

Officers on Wednesday fired teargas and birdshot to disperse crowds who rallied for a second day in Siliana, a city in Tunisia's economically deprived interior on the edge of the Sahara desert, witnesses said.

Egypt to vote on draft constitution

Nov 28 2012
Egypt
Source: 
al-Jazeera

A divisive panel boycotted by liberals and Christians was set to rush out a draft new Egyptian constitution as protests mounted over the political future nearly two years after Hosni Mubarak's overthrow.

President Mohamed Morsi had just last week given the constituent assembly an additional two months until February to complete its work.

But as protests mounted over his decision to grant himself sweeping powers until the text is ratified in a referendum, the panel wrapped up its deliberations on Wednesday and readied for a vote on Thursday.

Sleiman postpones Dialogue to early 2013

Nov 28 2012
Lebanon
Source: 
The Daily Star

President Michel Sleiman postponed Wednesday National Dialogue to early 2013 as MP Walid Jumblatt’s ministers carried on with efforts to bridge the gap between Lebanon’s rival political camps.

Sources at Baabda Palace said the next National Dialogue session, the last round of which was held in September, was scheduled for Jan. 7 of next year. This week’s session had been scheduled for Thursday.

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.

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