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Nieuws over politieke trainingen en ontwikkelingen in Oost- en Zuidoost Europa, de Kaukasus, Afrika en het Midden Oosten

The full story behind Morocco's Rif protests

On 20 July the police in Al-Hoceima, the North of Morocco, fired tear gas to disperse protesters and prevent them from marching in defiance of a government ban. Organisers from the Al-Hirak al-Shaabi (“Hirak”) movement went ahead with the protest, despite the authoritative warning. Al-Hoceima, the main port in the Northern Rif region, has been hit by unrest since fishmonger Mohsin Fikri was crushed to death in a rubbish truck last year. He tried to retrieve his swordfish, confiscated by the police for being caught out of season. The image of a young Moroccan trying to make a living, while being treated by the authorities like a piece of garbage, quickly spread on the internet and aggravated the country. The uprising that followed has landed hundreds in jail, and led tens of thousands to demonstrate across the country. It has also exposed the divide between the Moroccan monarchy and the anti-establishment street movement.

Campagnetraining in Tunesie

In het weekend van 29 april organiseerden wij een training in Tunesië voor onze zusterpartij Ettakatol. In Tunesië vinden eind 2017 lokale verkiezingen plaats. Ettakatol heeft tijdens de laatste parlementaire verkiezingen al haar zetels verloren. Haar ambitie is om in ieder geval op lokaal gebied weer een factor van belang te worden. Ettakatol heeft derhalve gevraagd om een campagnetraining.

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.

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.

Libya peace talks resume amid continued violence

U.N.-sponsored peace negotiations between Libya’s officially recognized government and the rival government were resumed on Thursday 4 June. Politicians and activists negotiated on forming a unity government to end the power struggle between the two rival governments both stressing to be the official government of the country. Mediators fear the power struggle may turn Libya into a failed state when both groups continue to battle for control.

Cooperation between Tunisia and EU intensified

On 27 May Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid met with EU Foreign Affairs chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels to discuss the intensification of the cooperation between both countries. The talks mainly focused on the Horizon 2020 research program which will be opened for Tunisia, the financial increase in bilateral cooperation, and on advancing on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA).

Sfeerverslag bijeenkomst “Tunesië, de hoop in de regio?”

Op dinsdag 26 mei organiseerde de FMS in Den Haag een bijeenkomst over het democratiseringsproces en de politieke situatie in Tunesië. Het was een interessante en goed bezochte bijeenkomst. De hoofdgast van de avond was Mustapha Ben Jafar. Ben Jafar speelde een belangrijke rol in het Tunesië van na de revolutie. Als voorzitter van de Grondwetscommissie en tevens leider van de sociaaldemocratische partij Ettakatol, was hij nauw betrokken bij het schrijven van de nieuwe grondwet van Tunesië. Er is hoop en perspectief voor de democratie in Tunesië, maar internationale hulp is hierbij van groot belang zijn. “Ik wil Europa wakker schudden”, aldus Ben Jafar.

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