Islamists expect gains as Egypt counts votes

* Election results expected to trickle out on Wednesday * Islamists expect gains * Muslim Brotherhood faces row with army over government * Election follows violent protests against military rule CAIRO, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Egyptians have voted in a parliamentary election that could bring Islamists closer to power, though the army generals who took over from President Hosni Mubarak have yet to step aside. The Muslim Brotherhood, expected to do well in the marathon vote whose first stage drew millions to the polls, said the new parliament should form a government, setting it at odds with the military council … Continue reading Islamists expect gains as Egypt counts votes

MP’s success in PP 275 by election

In it’s first electoral outing since it was formed MP made an indelible mark in Pakistan’s politics. The seat went to the ruling party. But MP won all the same. The contest for this seat in Yazman – an impoverished rural tehsil in the Bahawalpur district – started when the incumbent unexpectedly passed away. MP had only 5 weeks to create awareness about the party amongst local people. The election, held on 26 November, was characterized by widespread, organized and government sponsored rigging. Despite this, unofficial results indicate that more than 5000 votes were cast in favour of the MP … Continue reading MP’s success in PP 275 by election

Iceland becomes first Western European country to recognize Palestinian state

Icelandic parliament approves measure on United Nations’ annual day of solidarity with the Palestinian people; Palestinians reaffirm bid for UN membership. Iceland’s parliament voted on Tuesday in favor of recognizing the Palestinian Territories as an independent state, the first Western European country to do so according Iceland’s foreign minister. The measure passed symbolically on the United Nation’s annual day of solidarity with the Palestinian people. The vote paves the way for formal recognition by the small north Atlantic island, which led the way in recognizing the independence of the three Baltic states after the collapse of the former Soviet Union … Continue reading Iceland becomes first Western European country to recognize Palestinian state

Moroccan Islamists face tough ride at govt helm

* Party will not be able to force pace of change * Seeds of dissent still there-analysts RABAT, Nov 29(Reuters) – The election victory of Morocco’s Islamist PJD party will give it a chance to tackle the country’s social and economic problems – but it will not be able to force through change without the support of the still-omnipotent monarchy. King Mohammed on Tuesday appointed Abdelilah Benkirane, the head of Justice and Development Party (PJD), as the new prime minister after the movement won 27 percent of seats in parliament, the largest share. PJD’s strong showing, after years in opposition, … Continue reading Moroccan Islamists face tough ride at govt helm

Egypt hails peaceful post-Mubarak vote, turnout could exceed 70 percent

Egypt wrapped up the start of its first post-revolution election on Tuesday after two days of peaceful voting hailed as a triumph for democracy in a nation at the heart of the Arab Spring. On Monday and Tuesday, millions filed into polling stations in the capital Cairo and second-city Alexandria as Egyptians embraced new freedoms won by the toppling of autocrat Hosni Mubarak in February. “The people have passed the democracy test,” headlined the independent daily newspaper Al-Shorouk on Tuesday, while the interim ruling military leaders expressed their “happiness” at proceedings. “The election has been a huge success,” declared Ahmed … Continue reading Egypt hails peaceful post-Mubarak vote, turnout could exceed 70 percent

Analysis: Anti-Arab laws and the appearance of democracy

By Nadim N. Rouhana The spate of anti-democratic bills recently introduced by the Israeli government has forced the issue onto the public agenda in Israel. This is so not because anti-democratic bills are new, but mainly because for the first time some of the proposed bills threaten democracy for Jewish citizens themselves. For example, proposals to limit foreign funding to local non-governmental organizations, changes in nomination procedures for Supreme Court justices, and the recent proposed amendment to the libel law (which the left views as anti-free speech legislation) have placed the anti-democratic trends at the forefront of the public’s consciousness. It … Continue reading Analysis: Anti-Arab laws and the appearance of democracy