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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.

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.

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.

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

Opposition outplayed: Bill passed to give ‘blanket cover’ to Gilani’s actions

Nov 20 2012
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune

There was outrage on the opposition benches over a bill providing a ‘blanket cover’ for actions taken by former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani between his conviction and his ultimate disqualification – but the government, unfazed, simply put the bill before the house and got it approved anyway.

The National Assembly passed the bill, which validates acts and orders made and issued from April 26, 2012 to June 19, 2012 (both days inclusive), on Monday. The legislation is known as the Validation Bill, 2012.

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.

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.

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.

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