Election

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday announced that the Council of Ministers has decided for a manual recount of 5 percent of votes across all polling stations and for IDP and diaspora votes to be scrapped. Directions have been given to national security and intelligence apparatus to find those complicit of committing fraud. Abadi […]

Members of the UN have expressed dismay over Syria becoming president of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva. The move comes just weeks after the latest reported chemical weapons attack, in which the Syrian authorities are widely believed to have used chemical agents against civilians. Syria takes over from Switzerland simply because it follows […]

 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday said it was unlikely new parliamentary elections would be held despite widespread claims of fraud and calls for investigation. Several Kurdish and Iraqi parties rejected the results of the vote, even asking the US president’s special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, Brett McGurk, to push for an election […]

The Spokesman for Al-Hikma list Sunday claimed a coalition would be formed in the next 72 hours between Sairoon, Fatih, Al-Hikma and Nasr to form government. The rumors haven’t been confirmed but Muqtada al-Sadr, the biggest winner in the elections, has already met with all three leaders of the other parties. He has also called […]

 Prime Minister Theresa May in London in a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, introduced a new term to the already complex situation in the Middle East, raising concerns for many here. May’s choice of words was in contrast with both Turkey and its allies who have generally refrained from calling PKK’s […]

Iraq’s election results are coming in and rivals of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi have made big gains in Saturday’s parliamentary elections. With most votes counted, the Sayirun coalition led by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and Hadi al-Amiri’s al-Fatih coalition are ahead in the polls. Mr Abadi’s governing alliance seems to be running in third place. […]

It’s election weekend but for anyone looking to travel, we’re got an update for you. Iraq announced on Wednesday that it would close its airports and border crossings for 24 hours on May 12, the day of the vote, as part of security measures. A brief statement by Iraqi Authorities said the 24-hour curfew would […]

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of planning an “imminent” attack in France, days before the first round of the French presidential election. Police said they found explosives and several guns at a flat linked to the suspects. The two Frenchmen, aged 23 and 29, were detained in Marseille on Tuesday. The two men […]


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