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Sudan’s prime minister names new cabinet

Feb 08 2021
Sudan
Source: 
al Jazeera

Reshuffle comes as Abdalla Hamdok struggles to push through reforms and secure foreign financing to boost economy.

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok appointed Darfur rebel leader Gibril Ibrahim as finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday.

Hamdok announced his new cabinet, which includes ministers from the Sudan Revolutionary Front, an alliance of armed groups, in a televised news conference in the capital, Khartoum.

Libya's new interim PM Dbeibah urges reconstruction of war-torn country

Feb 07 2021
Libya
Source: 
Africa News

Libya's new interim Prime Minister, 61-year-old engineer Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, promised to be "ready to listen to and work with all Libyans" and called for the "reconstruction of the country" during his first televised address on Saturday.

Libya welcomed a new interim government a day earlier aimed at resolving a decade of chaos between warring sides following UN-led talks.

Kyrgyzstan appoints new prime minister

Feb 04 2021
Kyrgyzstan
Source: 
Anadolu Agency

Kyrgyzstan appointed Ulukbek Maripov as the country’s new prime minister Wednesday, bringing a long-running political crisis to a close. 

A new government was formed after Sadyr Japarov, who won presidential elections held on Jan. 10, resigned as prime minister.

Party leaders who formed a coalition nominated Maripov for the premiership. He was then serving as chairman of the Accounting Chamber, a state auditing institution.

Maripov won a vote of confidence in the polls, which were held to determine the new prime minister and cabinet members.

US Citizen Runs in an Indonesian Election and Wins

Feb 03 2021
Indonesia
Source: 
Jakarta Globe

A United States citizen has run for district head in Sabu Raijua, a region in one of Indonesia's poorest provinces East Nusa Tenggara, and managed to win the election with a wide margin in the strangest election mishap the country might ever see.  

The winner, Orient P. Riwu Kore, 56, run with backing from former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party, Defense Minister Pabowo Subianto's Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) party, and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the current ruling party, in the last year's regional election.

Turkish opposition skeptical of Erdoğan's call for a new constitution

Feb 03 2021
Turkey
Source: 
DuvarEnglish

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's call for drafting a new constitution was met with skepticism by opposition parties, which question Erdoğan's motive in changing the existing one. 

While all parties agree that a new constitution is needed, the opposition emphasizes that the new one should include the return to a parliamentary system. 

UN Libya forum starts voting for country’s interim presidency council

Feb 02 2021
Libya
Source: 
Arab News

Participants in UN Libya talks in Switzerland cast votes on Tuesday for a new national presidency council, part of an effort to create a transitional government to oversee national elections in December.

Candidates included the head of Libya’s eastern-based House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, and Osama Juweili, a military commander in the west.

The 75 talks participants, chosen by the UN last year to represent different strands of Libyan politics, will vote for a new prime minister later this week as part of Libya’s biggest peacemaking effort in years.

Palestinians to draft ‘code of conduct’ for elections

Feb 02 2021
Palestine
Source: 
Anadolu Agency

Palestinian factions are planning to draft a “code of conduct” to guarantee the holding of free and transparent elections during their talks in Cairo this month.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree last month to hold legislative elections on May 22 and presidential polls on July 31, for the first time in 15 years.

Ahead of the vote, Palestinian factions are set to meet in the Egyptian capital Cairo later this month for discussions on ways of rendering the elections successfully.

Somalia faces troubled national election as time runs out

Jan 30 2021
Somalia
Source: 
All Banaadir

As Somalia marks three decades since a dictator fell and chaos engulfed the country, the government is set to hold a troubled national election. Or is it?

Two regional states refuse to take part, and time is running out before the Feb. 8 date when mandates expire. A parliament resolution allows President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and lawmakers to remain in office, but going beyond Feb. 8 brings “an unpredictable political situation in a country where we certainly don’t need any more of that,” United Nations special representative James Swan told reporters this week.

Libyan election hopefuls told they hold nation’s future in their hands

Jan 29 2021
Libya
Source: 
Arab News

“Libya’s future is in your hands.” That was the message to prospective election candidates from the UN’s envoy to the country, Stephanie Williams, ahead of her trip to Geneva for what she predicted will be “a decisive round of intra-Libyan talks.”

They are expected to lead to the creation of a new, temporary executive authority that will shepherd the nation toward elections scheduled for December.

‘Secretive’ Hamas elections spark internal party row

Jan 29 2021
Palestine
Source: 
Arab News

Secret Hamas internal elections have become the subject of a growing rift in the party amid calls for greater openness and representation ahead of Palestine’s general elections scheduled for May.

The General Shoura Council of Hamas rejected a request by the political leadership to postpone internal elections for one year in order for the party to devote time to legislative elections, in which Hamas can maximize its political clout.

Iraq asks UN to monitor upcoming elections

Jan 28 2021
Iraq
Source: 
Thenationalnews.com

Past elections in the war-torn country were marred by vote-rigging and corruption allegation

Iraq asked the UN Security Council to monitor the progress of election preparations, as the country gears up to hold a nationwide vote in October, the country's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Previous elections in the war-torn country were marred with vote-rigging and corruption allegations and reports of irregularities in several provinces and cities.

Lebanon's Tripoli protests reach new levels of violence

Jan 28 2021
Lebanon
Source: 
Thenationalnews.com

Gunfire rattled across Tripoli late into Wednesday night, as anti-lockdown protests in the northern city reached new levels of violence.

 

Demonstrators clashed with security forces across the city in the third consecutive night of unrest this week, leaving dozens injured.

 

A mob of several hundred young men tried to storm the city’s Serail, the seat of local government, battering down the main gate and tossing Molotov cocktails on to the building’s roof.

 

Sudan to form post-peace government on 4 February

Jan 28 2021
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The Council of Transitional Government Partners in Sudan, on Thursday, agreed to form the post-peace government and the long-time awaited parliament next February.

The reshuffle of the transitional government comes in line with the peace agreement. Accordingly, the former armed groups that signed the 3 October 2020 peace agreement will join the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) and the military component.

Kuwait emir reappoints prime minister to form new cabinet

Jan 25 2021
Kuwait
Source: 
Arab News

Kuwait’s emir reappointed Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah as prime minister on Sunday and tasked him with choosing ministers for a new government.

Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah last Monday accepted the government’s resignation, led by Sheikh Sabah.

The resignation came “due to the current developments in the relationship between the National Assembly (parliament) and the government,” state news agency KUNA reported on Sunday.

Manifestations nocturnes : La société civile condamne la réponse sécuritaire

Jan 21 2021
Tunisia
Source: 
Webdo.tn

Plusieurs organisations de la société civile, nationales et internationales, ont condamné la réponse sécuritaire aux récentes manifestations, estimant que « celle-ci vise à réprimer les mouvements sociaux et à jeter les protestataires dans les prisons » après l’arrestation de près d’un millier de manifestants.

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