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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.

Upcoming elections Serbia

On 30 January Serbia president Tomislav Nikolic called early parliamentary elections for 16 March. According to the president Serbia “shall certainly get a government with more energy and enthusiasm and released from problems that this government has solved.” The coalition government, in which the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) is the main party, explained its request for early elections by the need to ensure ‘as wide as possible support for accelerated reforms and modernization of Serbia’. However, the fact that SNS is skyrocketing in all polls (above 40%) is considered as crucial factor for SNS to go to the polls and having its leader Aleksandar Vucic as prime minister.

Feminismes in Afrika en de rol van de digitale ruimte

Afgelopen zaterdag vierde de wereld Internationale Vrouwendag. Op deze jaarlijks terugkerende feestdag wordt stilgestaan bij structurele problemen die vrouwen ondervinden. Over de hele wereld worden activiteiten georganiseerd die in het teken staan van internationale solidariteit. Dit jaar was het thema ‘inspiring change,’ gericht op het uitdagen van de patriarchale verhoudingen die ongelijkheid tussen mannen en vrouwen in stand houden en versterken. Deze ‘change’ wordt steeds meer bereikt in Afrika waar feministische bewegingen meer invloed verkrijgen. Op politiek gebied streven ze het Western voorbij. Het internet en de digitale ruimte an sich speelt hierbij een steeds belangrijkere rol.

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