Nieuws over politieke trainingen en ontwikkelingen in Oost- en Zuidoost Europa, de Kaukasus, Afrika en het Midden Oosten
On July 2nd, the Egyptian army issued a 48 hour-ultimatum and warned that it will intervene if the ‘demands of the people are not met.’ A few hours later helicopters carrying huge Egyptian flags flew over the Egyptian capital and other cities. President Mohammed Morsi has rejected the ultimatum, saying it will only sow confusion. ‘Obviously we feel this is a military coup, but the conviction is that the coup won’t be able to move forward without American approval.’
Afgelopen weekend (29-30 juni) reisden FMS trainers naar Tunesië om een training te geven aan de sociale democratische zusterpartij Ettakatol. Ettakatol zit midden in een grote operatie om meer lokale afdelingen op te richten. Met rond de 150 zijn ze nu halverwege. Dat is een dynamisch proces. Hiervoor, waren er amper lokale afdelingen en had de partij lokale afdelingen in de hoofdstad Tunis en een aantal afdelingen in het noorden van het land. Ettakatol vroeg de FMS een trainingen te verzorgen gericht op interne communicatie.
On July 2nd, it was announced that Azerbaijan’s opposition groups have united to nominate a single candidate for the upcoming Presidential elections in October. At a session of the National Council of Democratic Forces (NCDF) Rustam Ibragimbekov was chosen to represent the opposition in the presidential race. If elected, the candidate will stay in office for only two years.
During that period, the NCDF would establish a ‘government of national trust’, to implement constitutional and electoral reforms, including a decrease of the power of the President, widening of the responsibilities of the Parliament, and establishing an independent judiciary system.
On June 28 European Union leaders have agreed to open accession negotiations with Serbia, who´s bid for membership has long been delayed by a dispute over its former province Kosovo and the cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) .
On June 26 the Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi warned in a widely broadcasted speech that polarization was threatening the country’s democratic process. He also acknowledged he had made some ‘mistakes’, and offered opponents a say in amending the new constitution. The speech comes days before the planned massive demonstration on June 30, the day will mark a year since Morsi won the Presidential elections.
With more than 82 percent of the ballots counted, opposition leader Edi Rama can definitely claim a landslide victory over Prime Minister Sali Berisha in the 23 June parliamentary elections.
In deze rubriek stellen we wekelijks 3 vragen aan iemand die verbonden is aan de Foundation Max van der Stoel. Deze week niemand minder dan FMS trainer Guus Staats!
On June 25, Lebanese security officials say a roadside bomb has exploded on the highway linking Beirut with Damascus. The bomb comes a day after heavy fighting between the army and militia’s of the radical Sunni clerk Ahmed al-Assir in the northern coastal town Sidon. Each side accuses the other of provoking the initial fighting. According to security forces 16 soldiers died in the fighting and at least 20 supporters of Assir were killed. Dozens are said to have been arrested. The fate of Assir is still unknown.
Between June 7th and June 9th the European Forum, in cooperation with the Alfred Mozer Stichting, the UK Labour Party and the Al-Sindyan Institute organized for the first time a Future Leaders Training for 24 young and promising participants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Amman, Jordan. The participants came from social democratic and left progressive parties from Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan.
Na vele maanden voorbereiding was het vanavond zo ver: de Alfred Mozer Stichting, (sinds 1990) en de Evert Vermeer Stichting (sinds 1967) gaan samen verder onder de nieuwe naam Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS).