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Egypt Bars International Observers for Upcoming Vote

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A member of Egypt’s ruling military council is reported to have said Wednesday that it will not allow international observers to monitor the country’s first post-revolutionary election. The Associated Press quotes General Mamdouh Shaheen as saying that barring foreign monitors is necessary to protect Egypt’s sovereignty, adding that “we have nothing to hide.” But an […]

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Turkey’s New Government Wins Confidence Vote

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a confidence vote in Parliament to begin his third term in office, winning support from 322 lawmakers in the 550-seat Parliament. President Abdullah Gul approved the Cabinet, which includes a minister to oversee Turkey’s European Union bid, last week. The prime minister said the government will focus […]

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Turkey Names New Cabinet

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey has named a new Cabinet that includes a new ministry to oversee the country’s European Union bid. The 26-member Cabinet put together by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan includes six new members. Turkey’s chief E.U. negotiator, Egemen Bagis, will head the European Union Ministry. Mr. Erdogan said the new government intends to dramatically reduce […]

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Turkish Court Denies Release to Newly Elected, Jailed General

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s Anatolia news agency says a Turkish court has ruled against releasing from jail a retired general who was elected to parliament earlier this month. The general, Engin Alan, has been accused of participating in a coup plot. The semi-official news agency reported a judge Friday rejected a petition from Alan’s lawyer asking for his […]

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Haiti Parliament Rejects PM Nominee

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 9:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Lawmakers in Haiti have rejected President Michel Martelly’s pick for prime minister — a political blow for the newly sworn-in leader of the impoverished Caribbean nation. The vote Tuesday was 42 – 19 against Daniel-Gerard Rouzier, with some accusing him of tax evasion, a charge he has denied. Others raised questions over his business dealings […]

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Jordan’s King Pledges Parliamentary Reform, Elected Cabinets

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Jordan’s king says he is pursuing reforms that will allow future governments to be formed based on an elected parliamentary majority. The measure is a key demand of pro-democracy protesters calling for greater political representation. In a nationally televised address Sunday, King Abdullah II promised further changes. He said a royal commission is now exploring […]

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