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THE 2014 DIRECTORY OF THE RULING GOVERNMENT IN BULGARIA

General elections of a new parliament in Bulgaria have been held on May 12th 2013. The results were that the number of parliamentarians in the former leading party GERB (which stands for Citizens for an European Development of Bulgaria) declined from 117 to 97 persons, whereas the number of socialists (BSP) more than doubled to 84 parliamentarians and the Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedom (DPS) consolidated its position with 36 members.

Crackdown on protests against candidature Bouteflika for Algerian presidential elections

On April 17th presidential elections are scheduled in Algeria. The current president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been in power for the last fifteen years, will run again. His candidature has caused a lot of resistance by opponents, which have staged several protests. Next to the current president, eleven candidates have registered for the elections. The Constitutional Council have examined all applications and approved those of six candidates. Despite this number, changes that Bouteflika will win again are huge.

Viviane Redings 'United States of Europe'

Op 14 maart vond in de Rode Hoed te Amsterdam een burgerdialoog plaats met Europees Commissaris voor Justitie, Burgerschap en Fundamentele Rechten en tevens vicevoorzitter, Viviane Reding, en burgemeester Eberhard van der Laan onder leiding van Caroline de Gruyter.

Hoe klimaatverandering en ‘land-grabbing’ conflicten in Nigeria veroorzaken

In Nigeria zijn de afgelopen week meer dan tweehonderd mensen gedood toen mannen op motors verschillende dorpen onder vuur namen en huizen in brand staken. Vermoedelijk waren het Fulani herders die een wraakactie uitvoerden. De herders zijn al jaren in een vete verwikkeld met de Hausa boeren. Ze beschuldigen de boeren ervan grond die voor hun kuddes bestemd is te gebruiken als landbouwgrond. Die grond is voor beiden cruciaal. De herders stelen vee, vernietigen landbouwgrond en –producten en voeren dit soort wraakacties uit om hun grond terug te winnen en de boeren te verdrijven. De boeren vrezen dat de herders steeds meer georganiseerd en heviger bewapend worden. Omdat de politie niet genoeg ingrijpt, en de grond nog steeds betwist wordt, komt er voorlopig geen eind aan deze vete.

Serbian Progressive Party wins parliamentary elections

Exit polls predict a landslide victory for the centre-right Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) in the parliamentary elections of Sunday 16 March. Winning almost half of all votes, the SNS will gain an overall majority in the Serbian parliament. SNS leader, Alexander Vucic, is widely believed to become Serbia’s new prime minister. The turnout was 50.3 percent, 3.3 percent less than the last elections in 2012.

Tensions and clashes in Turkey during Berkin Elvan’s funeral

In Turkey, tensions soared on 11 and 12 March when tens of thousands of people took to the streets and gathered to mourn the death of Berkin Elvan. He died after being in a coma for nine months. Last June he was hit on the head by a tear-gas canister while going to buy bread during the protests against the prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He was a symbol for the police brutality that, among others, caused the Gezi-protests of last year to escalate. These protests started as a relatively small environmentalist movement to save Istanbul's central Gezi Park but evolved into a nationwide wave of protests against Erdoğan, who is seen as increasingly authoritarian.

Weerstand tegen het VN REDD project in Kenia

De No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN) heeft op 12 maart in een open brief naar de VN en de Keniaanse regering opgeroepen om het REDD project in Kenia te annuleren om zo gedwongen verhuizingen van de Sengwer gemeenschap te stoppen. Het REDD initiatief: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, is bedoeld om de uitstoot van broeikasgassen te verminderen maar brengt in Kenia negatieve gevolgen voor de inheemse bevolking met zich.

Prime minister Libya ousted by parliament

Libya’s Prime Minster, Ali Zeidan, was ousted by parliament, the General National Congress, after a vote of no confidence on Tuesday 11 March. Zeidan was blamed for letting an oil tanker, laden with rebel sold oil, escape naval forces. Zeidan will be temporarily replaced by Defence Minister Abdallah al-Thinni.

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