United Nations Security Council considers it “imperative” that presidential elections be held in Guinea-Bissau as scheduled, and calls on the international community to provide technical and financial support. “The members of the Security Council reiterated the imperative need for the presidential election to be held on 24 November 2019, in accordance with the established electoral calendar, and reminded political actors that all efforts should be made to ensure the election is inclusive, credible, fair and peaceful with the effective participation of women and youth candidates.”
On October 9, 2019, the Interfax-Ukraine conference center held a press conference for journalists. The Interfax-Ukraine News Agency is a Kiev-based Ukrainian news agency founded in 1992. The company belongs to the Russian news group Interfax Information Services. The press conference allowed for the release of supposed facts pertaining to the US embassy influence on the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies meddling in the US democratic elections process.
Independent presidential candidate and professor Kaïs Saïed has officially been elected as the new president of Tunisia with a clear victory. He apparently convinced about 75% of Tunisian voters in a true electoral landslide. His opponent, the controversial media magnate Nabil Karoui, earlier called the competition an unfair battle, but he has since acknowledged Saïed’s victory.
The US Embassy, whose staff recently visited the Afghan Election Commission and the commission’s work process, said “There’s no place for fraud in Afghan Elections.” The US Embassy in Kabul wrote on its official Twitter page that its staff has access to the Afghan Election Commission Information Center and appreciates the hard work of Afghan election officials.
Portuguese voters on Sunday bucked the European trend and re-elected a center-left party to the helm of the country’s leadership. The Socialist Party, and Prime Minister António Costa, again won the general election, according to early results.
Tunisians will go to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament. All indications are that voters will deliver a slap in the face to the existing parties. The expected punitive vote would probably favor younger candidates. Sunday’s elections will be the second since the new Constitution was ratified in 2014. Despite the democratic process, Tunisians live in difficult economic and social conditions. Observers expect that there will be a major shift in voter choices.
The Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), led by former Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, has emerged the winner in snap parliamentary elections in Austria Sunday. The conservatives won 38.4% of the vote, up from 31% at the last election in 2017, thoroughly beating the Social Democrats, which only managed 21.5%.
Recently, discussion has increased in Russia about creating an anti-Putin coalition. The real politics is the fight for power. The Kremlin is in control, allowing some opposition. Once the opposing individual becomes inconvenient, the raids come in tow. The prime example would be recent raids of Alexei Navalny’s party offices across Russia under the guise of a “money laundering” investigation. As it stands there is no true opposition in Russia. None of the protests on the weekends matter and elections are a sham.
Kais Saied, a conservative law professor, and the detained media mogul, Nabil Karoui, will most likely square it out in an apparent second round of the Tunisian presidential election, according to the elections early results. “My win brings a big responsibility to change frustration to hope,” Saied said at a local radio station on Sunday. “It is a new step in Tunisian history . . . it is like a new revolution.”
Algeria’s interim president, Abdelkader Bensalah, announced Sunday night in a televised speech that presidential elections will be held on December 12. “It’s time for everybody to put the higher interests of the nation above any other considerations,” the interim leader was quoted saying so by Algeria’s official APS news agency.
On Tuesday September 17 elections will be held for the second time this year in Israel. The first elections ended up in a stalemate and forecasts for the coming elections show similar results. Both sides, right and left, have campaigned and organized their parties in preparation for the coming elections. The right is led by Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud. The left is led by Benny Gantz of the Blue-White Party. Netanyahu in the previous elections received an equal amount of mandates as Gantz (35) but was unable to make a government combining mandates from other parties to reach the required majority of 61 mandates. Gantz also was unable to reach this number so new elections were called by President Reuven Riblin.
Tunisia is ready to hold its second free presidential election since the 2011 revolution, which overthrew former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and sparked the Arab Spring. Elections have been planned since November last year, following the death of Beji Caid Essebsi, the first democratically elected president.
Israel is in a crisis. Hezbollah has threatened them from the North. They are at war with Iran deploying their forces in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Trump has vowed support for Israel and its survival in an unstable Middle East. The Peace Deal of the Century between Israel and Palestine is ready to be revealed after the elections.
In what was supposed to be a quiet round of regional elections in Russia— and, at the same time, a referendum on President Vladimir Putin, and his ruling party, United Russia— the results of local elections showed that the ruling party suffered significant losses. In Moscow, United Russia lost more than a third of its seats on the city council. The elections followed a police crackdown on anti-government protests over the summer.
Boris Johnson is considering holding early general elections if MPs want to prevent an exit from the EU without an agreement and defeat the government this week. Reports say that “live debates” were underway at the Prime Minister’s residence, on the request for parliamentary approval for early elections.
Early this week in the vicinity of the entrance to the temple mount two terrorists attacked and stabbed a policeman on duty. The two terrorists were detected by the police patrolling nearby who shot one dead and the other was wounded. The entrance to the Temple Mount was closed to all Muslims Arabs under the age of 50.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
- For the third time in four years, Spaniards will head to the polls Sunday in a general election. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, and his ruling Socialist Workers’ Party, enjoy a commanding lead in the polls, but should still fall short of a governing majority. Sanchez came to power last June, following the first successful no-confidence vote in Spanish history.
- In much-anticipated elections last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a giant step toward an unprecedented fifth term in office. The results were rather anticlimactic: parties which made up the last government lost only one seat on Tuesday. Netanyahu’s Likud Party topped the polls, with 36 seats, and is well positioned to form an identical right-wing government.
- Israelis go to the polls Tuesday, in Knesset elections largely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The elections take place under a cloud of possible indictments against the Prime Minister for corruption. A victory would extend Netanyahu’s decade-long reign, and allow him to become the country’s longest-serving Prime Minister this summer.
- In European elections, liberal Zuzana Caputova defeated Socialist Maros Sefcovic in the second round, to become SLOVAKIA’s first woman President. The election took place in the shadow of the murder of an investigative journalist last year. Meanwhile, in UKRAINE, incumbent President Petro Poroshenko trails Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian who portrays Poroshenko on television.
- 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.”
- FINLAND: The center-right government unexpectedly fell Friday, ahead of planned elections on April 14. The trigger was Prime Minister Juha Sipila’s failure to pass social and health care reforms. Sipila’s Center Party has trailed the Social Democrats in opinion polls since last May.
- Several 2020 presidential candidates, including Republicans Bill Weld and John Kasich, gathered in Austin this weekend for the 33rd SXSW conference. What began as a local music conference and festival has morphed into one of the biggest and most-influential gatherings anywhere, leading some to believe that Austin is the new Iowa.
- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called a snap election, for April 28, on Friday. Sánchez became Prime Minister in May, after the first successful vote of no confidence in modern Spanish history. The announcement comes two days after his Socialist government was defeated in Congress, and failed to pass its budget.