Tunisia: Nearly 100 Presidential Candidates to Square Off in the Polls

Nearly 100 presidential candidates have filed their candidacy for the presidential election anticipated in Tunisia in the hope of succeeding Beji Caid Essebsi, the first democratically elected head of state following the Arab Spring country. In total, the names of 98 applicants interested in competing in the presidential election were recorded by the closing of registrations today. This was officially confirmed by the country’s Election commision (Isie).

Israel News of the Week – Elections Coming Closer

The Greek Orthodox Church filed a new law suit against the Ateret Cohanim settler organization who claim ownership of three properties in the Arab Old City.  The purchased two Palestinian run hotels located near the Jaffa Gate and another building near the Herod gate. The Patriarchate claims that these places are part of the church heritage and only they can authorize their sale.

US Election Meddling in Afghanistan? Or Someone Else?

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently made striking accusations against the United States. Karzai is claiming the US is trying to meddle in the upcoming September 28, 2019 presidential elections. The former Afghan president is insinuating that Afghan citizens have no influence over who the US installs into the executive office. These allegations may cause a new round of tensions in Afghanistan, and at a time where international peace negotiators are trying to organize a treaty that will allow an exit for the US led peacekeeping coalition.

Japan’s “Honest Abe” Wins Upper House Elections, Loses Constitutional Majority

Japan’s ruling center-right coalition retained control in upper house elections on Sunday, but lost seats in the process.  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats took the worst of it, losing more than a dozen seats.  His junior coalition partners, the Komeito Party, and allied Japan Innovation Party actually made small gains.  Abe remains well-positioned to deal with several domestic and foreign policy issues before his House of Representatives comes up again in 2021.  However, his forces lost their two-thirds majority in the House of Councillors, scuttling a debate, for now, on the role of the military in pacifist Japan.

New Election in Istanbul, Thousands Vote Today

After cancellation of the Istanbul election, citizens vote a second time Sunday. Polls see opposition leader Ekrem Imamoglu in front. Does President Recep Erdoğan face a double disgrace?

However, before this new election in Istanbul, everyone is strangely silent about the Turkish president. On the campaign posters only Binali Yildirim, the leading candidate of the governing party AKP for Istanbul, can be seen. Erdogan has reduced his performances. Only in the past few days he interfered again in the debate.

Israeli Elections: Bibi Wins, Left Decimated, New Right Wiped Out

International Roundup: Runoffs, Recordings, Reshuffles, and Rolling Blackouts

International Roundup: Ardern, Ethiopia, Israel, Trudeau, EU

  • New Zealand is still picking up the pieces after at least 50 people were killed, and another 50 were injured, in Friday’s terror attack, the worst in the country’s history. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spent the weekend visiting grieving family members and the Muslim community. The attacks, on two mosques in Christchurch, have also prompted a debate over gun laws. The Police Association has called for a ban on semi-automatic weapons, and the Prime Minister has pledged, “our gun laws will change.”