Bamako – Les Maliens votaient sans enthousiasme, hier , au second tour des législatives devant parachever le retour à l’ordre constitutionnel après le coup d’Etat de 2012, dans un climat alourdi au lendemain d’un attentat jihadiste qui a tué deux soldats sénégalais de l’Onu.
The latest political surveys have placed the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) as the most electable party in the country’s upcoming legislative election.
The country’s biggest opposition party, which was ranked third after the ruling Democratic Party (PD) and the Golkar Party in early 2012, is now leading the pack, with many pollsters attributing its rising popularity to scandals hitting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s party and the meteoric rise of PDI-P politician and Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
More than 40 percent of Indonesian voters consider politicians seeking to buy support at elections acceptable, a survey showed Friday, months before national polls in the graft-ridden country.
In what it described as an “alarming” survey, Jakarta-based pollster Indikator found that 41.5 percent of 15,600 people interviewed did not have a problem accepting cash or a gift from would-be lawmakers.
This compared to 57.9 percent who thought vote-buying was unacceptable, according to the survey. A tiny fraction were undecided on the matter.
Nine reformist figures have called for the release of political prisoners and an end to the house arrest of MirHosein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karroubi.
The Etemad daily reported on Tuesday December 10 that their letter refers to the election of 2009, saying: “During the 2009 election, many committed errors, and as Mr. Khatami has said, we must forgive each other and try to build Iran’s future hand in hand.”
Albania's current Defence Minister, Mimi Kodheli, said the charges were backed by evidence, and had been prepared by a group of experts.
“I call on the general prosecutor to investigate these procedures that led to the massive abuse of state money,” she said.
Arben Imami served as defence minister from 2009-to-2013 in the centre-right government of Sali Berisha.
He is accused of holding a number of illegal tenders for the broadcast of TV adverts for the Ministry of Defence. If found guilty, the ex-minister risks seven years of imprisonment.
The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E Hassan Sheikh Mohamud today accepted credentials from the newly appointed German Ambassador, Andreas Peschke, and the newly appointed Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mahmoud M. Auf, in Villa Somalia.
Barisan Nasional Opposition members staged a walkout from the state legislative assembly led by state Opposition leader Datuk Jahara Hamid over a series of repeated disruption during her speech in the assembly.
During the proceedings, the annoyed Jahara said before walking out, "I am sick and bored of the attitude of this assembly."
She said the walk out was necessary as it had became impossible for her to talk.
"I'm not given a fair chance to talk.
"My every sentence was met with objections.
Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri has met with Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his deputy Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, a party official has said.
“Politics was not discussed,” PDI-P executive Trimedya Panjaitan said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Sunday. The meeting came amid speculation that the PDI-P would nominate Jokowi as its presidential candidate in 2014.
The party has yet to announce its presidential candidate, while Jokowi has repeatedly said that he would focus on his current job as Jakarta governor.
Crescent Star Party (PBB) advisory board head Yusril Ihza Mahendra announced his candidacy for the 2014 presidential election on Sunday, casting himself as an underdog in a speech delivered before hundreds of supporters in Indonesia’s second-largest city, a stronghold for the small Islamic party.
The opposition MPs staged a symbolic protest on Sunday by gathering all the assembly's microphones and handing them over to the speaker, Igor Radojicic, before they boycotted the day's session, media reported from Banja Luka.
They claimed that emergency procedures had been improperly used on Saturday to adopt the entity’s budget for 2014 urgently, in time to meet a Monday deadline imposed by the International Monetary Fund.
Lawmakers from the opposition Serb Democratic Party, the Party of Democratic Progress and the People's Democratic Movement took part in the boycott.
Présidentielle 2014. L’élection présidentielle aura lieu le 17 avril 2014, affirme Ennnahar citant une source bien informée. Selon le journal, la décision a été prise après la coordination de toutes les parties concernées.
The parliament’s financial and economic committee meets today to discuss ‘populist’ draft laws that include increases to social security, rent allowance and housing loans. Meanwhile, AlQabas daily quoted committee president Faisal AlShaya who revealed that Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Sheikh Salem Abdul-Aziz AlSabah, as well as Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Health Minister Sheikh Mohammad AlAbdullah Al-Sabah, are invited “to provide the government’s opinion” on the proposals.
Iran's Student Day was marked in Tehran by students chanting slogans in support of the release of political prisoners.
The release date for the final voters list for the 2014 legislative elections has been revised after meetings between government institutions and the elections board on Wednesday. The final list will now be released 14 days prior to polling day on April 9.
The General Elections Commission (KPU) has pushed the deadline back after announcing in November that the list would be released on Dec. 4.
NEW YORK –– The UN General Assembly on Friday endorsed Jordan as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for the 2014-15 term.
A total of 178 out of 193 members of the UN General Assembly voted in favour of Jordan.
Jordan needed a two-third majority to win the seat.
Ahead of the vote, participants stood for one minute to pay respect to South African iconic leader, Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Thursday.