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FMS-debatten op de Afrikadag 2015

Iedere Afrikadag staan maatschappelijke thema’s die over de hele wereld tot discussie leiden centraal. Debatten vormen dan ook een belangrijk deel van het programma. Op de Afrikadag 2015 organiseren we vanuit de FMS maar liefst vijf grote debatten, waarvan sommige in het Nederlands en sommige in het Engels zullen worden gevoerd. De debatten hebben uiteenlopende thema’s: van het hoofdthema China en Afrika tot de gevolgen van een eventueel TTIP-akkoord. Lees snel verder voor een overzicht!

Future Leaders Training 2015 held in Amman

Between the 8th and 11th of October the European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity organized the first training weekend in the framework of the Future Leaders project. The training was attended by young representatives of social democratic and progressive political parties from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. It took place in Amman (Jordan) and focused on ideology, communication and campaigning. The Future Leaders training course is supported by the UK Labour Party through the Westminster Foundation. Our partner in Jordan, the Al Sindyan Institute provided great assistance in making the training possible, while the UK Labour Party and the Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) provided each one trainer to conduct the training.

Training voor kersverse vrouwelijke raadsleden van onze zusterpartij in Marokko

Afgelopen weekend (9-11 oktober) organiseerden wij in samenwerking met onze zusterpartij in Marokko, de Unified Socialist Party (PSU), een training voor vrouwelijke PSU-leden. 5 September werden er lokale en regionale verkiezingen gehouden in het land. De PSU deed mee in deze verkiezingen binnen een linkse coalitie. De partij vroeg een training aan voor vrouwen die gekozen waren als raadslid namens de PSU.

Lokale campagne training met enthousiaste Oekraïense jongeren

Afgelopen weekend organiseerden wij een training in Oekraïne, met de New Social Democratic Platform, een jongerenbeweging van onze partner daar, de Institute for Democracy and Social Progress. FMS trainers Thijs ’t Hart en Marjolein Nieuwdorp kregen een groep jongeren voor zich die – soms ondanks vele uren reizen om bij de training te kunnen zijn – zich met ontzettend veel enthousiasme en energie stortten op de materie.

Breakdown of Egypt’s upcoming Parliamentary elections

On the 18th and 19th of October Egyptian residents will vote in the first round of the elections for the House of Representatives, including in the governorates of Alexandria, Luxor and the Red Sea. On the 21st and 22nd of November the second round of the elections will be held, including in the governorates of Cairo, Suez and Sinai. A total of 27 million voters are registered to vote in the first round, while some 2,500 candidates are eligible for 286 seats in the elections in 14 governorates. It will be the first parliamentary elections since the last elections in 2011/2012. The 2014 Constitution abolished the old Shura Council (Upper House) and the old People’s Assembly (Lower House) was replaced by the House of Representatives, that will be elected these elections The elections were delayed by constitutional reforms. The results of the first round will be announced on 29 October.

Belarus' dicatator Lukashenko "wins" Presidential elections

The Central Election Commission (TsVK) of Belarus announced on 11 October that long ruling president Alyaksandr Lukashenko has officially won the Presidential elections for the fifth time with 83.49% of the vote. Despite calls to boycott the election from various oppositionists, the voter turnout was reportedly 86.7%. Lukashenko ran against 3 other candidates: opposition movement leader Tatsyana Karatkevich (Havary Pravdu /Tell the Truth) and pro-government politicians Syarhey Haydukyevich (Liberal Democratic Party) and Mikalay Ulakhovich (Belarusian Patriotic Party). The official results do not come as a surprise, as all of Lukashenko’s re-elections have had similarly high official results in elections that are widely considered rigged.

Davutoğlu: IS is prime suspect in Ankara bombings

Turkish prime minister Ahmed Davutoğlu said that Islamic State (IS) is the prime suspect in the 10 October attack in Ankara, that left at least 97 dead and hundreds injured, the deadliest act of terrorism in Turkey’s history. A suspected double suicide bombing took place in the capital during a march against the violence in Eastern Turkey, where the Kurdish PKK forces and the Turkish army have been fighting since July. Many victims of the bombings are Kurds and/or members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which has led to a further increase in tensions between the HDP and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The government announced three days of national mourning for the victims, including a halt to the campaigning for the November 1st snap elections by political parties.

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