Leftist Egyptian politician Hamdeem Sabahi has announced that he will run for president of Egypt, making him the first candidate to officially enter the presidential race. Sabahi has regularly expressed his intention to run for president but waited till last Saturday, 8 February, to announce his decision. Sabahi will probably have to contest the popular Army Chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who has not yet announced his candidacy.
Kati Piri staat op de derde plek op de concept kandidatenlijst van de PvdA voor de Europese verkiezingen. Achter Paul Tang en Agnes Jongerius is zij de grote onbekende op de lijst. Maar als ze op 22 mei wordt gekozen, zal ze vanuit haar expertise op buitenlands beleid waarschijnlijk de buitenland portefeuille op haar nemen. Hoogste tijd om kennis te maken met Kati Piri!
Protesters of workers laid off when state-owned companies that were sold off collapsed under private ownership have been joined today by thousands of jobless people and youths and demobilised soldiers in towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to protest against corruption and the economic and political situation in the country.
On 26 January the Tunisian Parliament adopted a new constitution, the first since the overthrow of the country’s long-time ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. The new constitution replaces the constitution written in 1956 after Tunisia’s independence from France. The new constitution, which was passed by 200 votes from 216, is seen as a crucial step to getting the democratic transition back on track for establishing full democracy. We have asked Sami Razgallah, from the social democratic party in Tunisia Ettakatol, what the main issues in this new Constitution are and what challenges he foresees for his country.
Yesterday 4 January, former Georgian ambassador to the EU, Salome Samadashvili, urged the EU to keep a watchful eye on Moldova’s Gagauzia region and Russian interference there. In a referendum in Gagauzia on 2 February, a majority of 98.4 percent opted for integration with the Russian-led Customs Union. In a separate question, 97.2 percent of the voters were against closer EU integration. In addition, 98,9 percent supported Gagauzia’s right to declare independence, should Moldova lose ore surrender its own independence. Over 70 percent of the electorate came out to vote.
Op 4 februari begon in Parijs het eerste proces in Frankrijk over de Rwandese genocide van 1994. Pascal Simbikangwa, voormalig hoofd inlichtingendienst, staat terecht voor oorlogsmisdaden en medeplichtigheid aan genocide en kan tot levenslang worden veroordeeld.
Libya will elect an assembly on February 20 to draft a constitution intended to advance transition to democracy. The assembly will also attempt to break with the difficulties and political instability the country faces after the overthrow of Gaddafi more than two years ago
Tijdens het World Economic Forum in Davos heeft minister Ploumen voor Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking een overeenkomst met de ILO getekend voor beter werk. Want: “Fatsoenlijk werk is armoedebestrijding,” aldus de minister. Nederland gaat hiermee het Better Work Programma van de ILO ondersteunen. Dit programma zet zich in om misstanden in onder andere de textielsector in landen als Bangladesh aan te pakken.
Zuid-Soedan - sinds 2011 onafhankelijk en daarmee ’s werelds jongste natie – wordt geplaagd door een gewelddadig etnisch conflict. Ondanks een wapenstilstand, getekend op 23 januari, gaan de gevechten door.
Former President of Serbia Boris Tadic announced on January 30 that he will resign as honorary president of the Democratic Party (DS) and that he will leave the party entirely, which is currently part of the opposition. Tadic said he decided to leave because of disagreements with the direction in which the Democrats were heading under the new leadership. "I decided to leave the party and resign as honorary president, because people who gave the DS a label as a corrupt and scandal-stained party are now coming back to the political bloc around the DS," Tadic said, referring to the Democrats’ potential coalition with the New Party (Nova Stranka) led by Zoran Zivkovic, a former member of the DS.