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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 ...

UK: Two failed gambles within two years

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Sooner or later stubborn denial will fall when facing reality. Thus, when the British Conservatives lose their parliamentary majority in the snap early general elections they called, even lose safe seats like that of affluent Kensington in central London, they need to acknowledge the hard facts. The most important of these facts is that twice within two years a Conservative British prime minister gambled on the mood of the electorate, only for the gamble to backfire and throw the country in a ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

The UK elections: Coalitions of chaos

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Theresa May’s gamble to call a snap election and increase her narrow overall majority to strengthen her hand in the coming Brexit talks, and at the same time deliver coup de grace to Labour under Jeremy Corbyn has badly backfired, with a hung parliament, and leaving her in effect a walking wounded politician whose own future is now being questioned, as it was noticeable that no major Conservative political figure has come out to defend her. Before the recent election, the Conservatives ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

Up high? Too slow! Corbyn’s high-five ends in awkward thud

Friday, 9 June 2017

In the overnight hours of the Labour surge when results pointed toward a hung Parliament, there was a moment of levity during celebrations for a colleague of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s in north London. A missed “high-five” that ended in an awkward place. As Corbyn and Labour Member of Parliament Emily Thornberry embraced, pointing at the other with huge smiles, the opposition leader’s attempt at a “high-five” wasn’t seen by his colleague and landed ...

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