A royal pardon expected for Anwar, Mahathir foe-turned ally

Friday, 11 May 2018

Malaysia’s newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday that the country’s monarch has indicated that he was willing to grant full royal pardon to jailed politician Anwar Ibrahim immediately. The Southeast Asian nation’s political landscape has been shaped for decades by a bitter feud between Anwar and Mahathir, whose decision to sack Anwar as his deputy sparked an opposition movement, Reformasi, or Reform, in 1998. Mahathir said the king indicated he was ...

Al Sistani: Iraqis should prohibit the return of corrupt people to power

Friday, 4 May 2018

On Friday, and in an unprecedented statement made by him about politics, Iraq's Shiite figure, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, stated that Iraqis should prohibit the return of corrupt people to power, those who have failed the country in the past amid the expected election on May 12th. During the Friday sermon in the southern city of Kerbela, the representative of the Supreme leader Ayatollah al Sistani stated that: “The voters should inspect the professional achievements of the candidates and ...

Death toll in Kabul attack rises to 48, ISIS claims responsibility

Sunday, 22 April 2018

A suicide attack on a voter registration center in Kabul on Sunday killed at least 48 people and wounded 112 others, the health ministry said. The new death toll given by spokesman Wahid Majroh could not be immediately confirmed. But a police official told AFP on condition of anonymity that at least 25 people had been killed and 70 wounded. According to latest reports, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the blast, the militant group’s AMAQ news agency said. However, AMAQ did not provide ...

Iraqi parliament fails to agree on new election date

Friday, 19 January 2018

The Iraqi parliament has failed to set a new date for elections and has also postponed its session until Saturday. The session was attended by 200 out of 269 Members of Parliament (MP). As many as 149 MPs agreed to hold a secret vote to specify the election date. However, members belonging to the Iraqi Alliance rejected the result and demanded to recast the vote and to count the votes again. ALSO READ: The significance of new explosions in Baghdad Other MPs said Parliament Speaker Salim ...

Egypt’s Sisi announces intention to run for second term

Friday, 19 January 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced on Friday his intention to run for a second term in office in a March election. "I announce to you in the honesty and transparency which we are used to... my candidacy for the post of president of the republic," Sisi said at a conference in Cairo, broadcast live on state television. Sisi is widely expected to win in the first round, which is to be held March 26-28. Campaigning begins on February 24 and will last until March 23. ...

Voters wink at law-breakers turning law-makers in India

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Call it a mockery of democratism but voters in the western Indian state of Gujarat, which went to polls earlier this month, have suffered no qualms of conscience in turning law-breakers into law-makers instead of opting for honest-to-boot candidates at the hustings. As many as 47 members (MLAs) of the new 182-strong legislative assembly in the Land of Mahatma Gandhi are as good as hooligans and hustlers facing criminal cases, and at least 33 of them have been charged with serious crimes like ...

Aided by Rahul Gandhi, India’s Congress leading BJP a merry dance in crucial elections

Monday, 11 December 2017

The die has been cast with curtains being drawn over the cacophonic campaigning on December 12 for the crucial two-phase elections to the 182-member legislative assembly of the western Indian state of Gujarat, homeland of Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid fears of vote rigging.After massive complaints of faulty electronic voting machines (EVMs) marked the December 9 first phase of polling for 89 seats up for grabs in 19 districts of Saurashtra-Kutch and South Gujarat, the second and final phase ...

Kenya’s Supreme Court upholds repeat presidential vote

Monday, 20 November 2017

Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in a repeat vote that the opposition boycotted while saying electoral reforms had not been made. The decision appeared to put an end to a months-long political drama never before seen in Africa that has left dozens dead. In a unanimous decision, the court dismissed challenges by human rights activists and a politician who argued that last month’s election was not conducted according to the law. ...

Will wife’s victory keep Nawaz Sharif family relevant to Pakistani politics?

Monday, 18 September 2017

As soon as the news of Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of Pakistan’s deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, winning a crucial by-election started trickling in on Sunday, the most obvious question being asked was the following – does this change anything for Nawaz Sharif’s fortunes? The seat for which Kulsoom contested, on Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) ticket, had fallen vacant after the Supreme Court disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers verdict. In what is ...

Trump chides Russia, but doesn’t condemn meddling in US election

Thursday, 6 July 2017

On the eve of his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to confront “new forms of aggression” targeting the West and called for Moscow to stop fomenting unrest around the world. Yet he pointedly stopped short of condemning Russia for meddling in the US election. Buoyed by an electrified crowd of thousands in Poland chanting his name, Trump sought to show he wasn’t overlooking Russian actions that have elicited global ...

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