By:Jonathan Eyal The date has been set for Israel’s fourth general election in a decade: March 17, 2015. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims the ballot will be about principles, about the “very survival of Israel in its current shape”; in fact, the upcoming election is merely a referendum on his continued rule. And while all […]
Less than two years into office, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government collapsed Tuesday as he fired two ministers who lead key parties in his ruling coalition. Ending a protracted political crisis and speculation about early elections, Netanyahu dismissed Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid, who have repeatedly challenged his leadership. “I will […]
In a national election meant to push Italy further down a path of economic reform, voters delivered political gridlock that could once again rattle Europe’s financial stability. Markets in Europe and the U.S. gyrated even in response to early returns.
An Egyptian opposition leader is warning the president’s call for parliamentary elections in April will only inflame the country’s political tensions. Mohamed ElBaradei, who leads the main opposition National Salvation Front, wrote on his Twitter account Friday that President Mohammed Morsi’s “decision to go for parliamentary elections amidst severe societal polarization and eroding state authority […]
Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rai hosted a meeting on Thursday in Bkirki for the leaders of the Christian parties to evaluate the current situations regarding the electoral law.
A number of civil society activists held aprotest Tuesday in Downtown Beirut , near the parliament building to protest against the approval of the Orthodox electoral law proposal by the parliament committee.
Right-wing leader Nicos Anastasiades has won the presidential election in Cyprus with 51 per cent of the vote, exit polls show. The polls gave 66-year-old Disy party leader Anastasiades 51.1 per cent, well ahead of main challenger Stavros Malas, 45, a British-educated independent backed by the AKEL communist party, who won 27.3 %.
A Jordanian official says polling stations will be kept open for an extra hour to allow more people to vote in the nation’s parliamentary election. Independent Electoral Commission spokesman Hussein Bani Hani says polls will now close at 8 p.m.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu performed far worse than expected in Israel’s national elections on Tuesday, according to exit polls, and while he remained likely to serve a third term, a surprise surge by a new centrist party indicated that he would be under pressure to form a more moderate governing coalition.
President Michel Suleiman stressed at the beginning of a cabinet session held at the Baabda Palace that the parliamentary elections will be held on time, but criticized the ministers that violated the consensus reached at the cabinet over the the electoral law