Posts Tagged ‘politics’

President Bouteflika's ailing health has left him confined to a wheelchair

Bouteflika debate consumes Algerian politics

Opponents question the ailing president’s fitness to govern, but critics say the country lacks a credible alternative. Al Jazeera – 8 August 2014 Last month, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika surpassed the 100-day mark of his term after winning an unprecedented fourth mandate on April 17. In other parts of the world, the 100-day point presents [...]

Erdogan lined up for victory in presidential election

Erdogan lined up for victory in presidential polls

Frontline Club – 25 July 2014 Turkey’s prime minister Racep Tayyip Erdogan will win next month’s presidential elections and become the country’s first directly elected president, according to a panel of experts assembled at the Frontline Club on 22 July 2014.

Algerian independent opposition candidate Kamal Benkoussa

Silence please, Algeria is dying: an interview with Kamal Benkoussa

The Atlantic Council – 17 April 2014 Today is Election Day in Algeria and analysts predict that the aging and ailing incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stands to win yet another term in office, effectively making him president for life. The political space has remained closed since the government canceled the country’s first democratic elections in [...]


President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Algeria

Bouteflika win likely in Algeria amid dissent

Despite unprecedented opposition protests, Algerians are poised to re-elect president to fourth term. Al Jazeera – 13 April 2014 A group of protesters gathered last month at Algiers University in the centre of the city, ready to demonstrate against Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fourth consecutive term as president of Algeria. Police were [...]

Morocco Projects Report 2014

Morocco Projects Market 2014 report published

A comprehensive overview of the fast-emerging Morocco projects market 12 March 2014 The latest in a series of market intelligence reports I’ve written for MEED Insight, the Morocco Projects Market 2014 report outlines the major project opportunities in the kingdom sector by sector. The first MEED Insight report on Morocco, this report looks at the [...]

Algeria's president Bouteflika

Algeria: A fourth term for Bouteflika?

Establishment has rallied around ailing president’s decision to run for another term, but many Algerians want change. Al Jazeera – 2 March 2014 The announcement by Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on February 22 that Algeria’s president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, intends to stand for a fourth term in the upcoming presidential elections is a blow to [...]


Salva Kiir agrees deal on South Sudan oil exports

Sudan-South Sudan relations: Now for (yet another) hard part

Focus turns to political challenges as Sudan and South Sudan reach deal on oil 9 September 2013 Now that Khartoum has agreed to drop its threat to prevent South Sudanese oil exports via its pipeline infrastructure, a series of political challenges remain if the two countries are to continue to co-operate on the energy sector [...]

Riek Machar

South Sudan politics: Machar mulls his moves

6th August 2013 The Economist SPEAKING from his government house in the centre of South Sudan’s capital, Juba, Riek Machar knows that it will not be his home for much longer. The man who had been the country’s vice-president since its secession from Sudan two years ago was unceremoniously sacked, along with the entire cabinet, [...]

The directors, Anne Poiret and Florence Martin-Kessler

State Builders: the making of South Sudan

On 31 May, the Frontline Club hosted a screening of State Builders, a unique film documenting the immense challenges faced by the new state of South Sudan, which became the world’s newest nation on 9 July 2011. Directed by Florence Martin-Kessler and Anne Poiret, the film gives a penetrating insight into what was happening behind [...]


Salva Kiir

Sudan-South Sudan oil deal has its limits

17th April 2013 Foreign Policy – The Middle East Channel Sudan and South Sudan reached a deal in the early hours of March 12, after a week of negotiations in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, which should spark the beginning of exports of South Sudanese oil from Sudan’s Port Sudan, on the Red Sea coast, for [...]

Sexual violence Congo DRC Frontline Club I Dream of Congo

Violence in DR Congo could abate if international community takes decisive action

15 February 2013 Frontline Club More than 5m people have died in fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1998. But now there may be a window of opportunity for the international community to take action. The coming year could be a window of opportunity for the international community to tackle the violence [...]

Police road block Juba South Sudan

The joys of Juba airport

Juba, South Sudan Arriving at Juba international airport, the gateway to the world’s newest nation, is never a pleasant experience. There is little that can prepare you for the chaos of the small, cramped space that serves as the arrivals hall, baggage collection, customs and immigration. All you can do is stay calm, take a [...]


Terrorist attack In Amenas Algeria

How Algeria’s hostage crisis unfolded

31 January 2013 BBC Radio 4 Last week I contributed to the early stages of the research for a BBC Radio 4 programme that aired last night on the terrorist attacks on the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria two weeks ago that left at least 48 hostages dead. It’s well worth a listen. The [...]

Political change fails to quell unrest in Tunisia

10 January 2013 MEED When President Moncef Marzouki visited the small town of Sidi Bouzid in western Tunisia on 17 December, he met with a hostile reception. In a conscious echo of the protests in January 2011 that brought the end of the 23-year rule of Marzouki’s predecessor, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, demonstrators chanted “the [...]

Bahrain's unreported oppression

Bahrain’s unreported oppression continues – with a little help from the West

The Frontline Club – 24 August 2012 At an event hosted by the Frontline Club, an expert panel of speakers shed light on the ongoing oppression of political opposition in Bahrain, one of the most under-reported aspects of the Arab Spring, and the government’s systematic use of Western public relations companies to manage the regime’s [...]


Algiers’ smoke screen of reform

Against the backdrop of popular unrest in the region, Algiers promised political change. Yet, despite concessions, the regime is maintaining its grip on power Ever since January 2011, when Algerians took to the streets to protest their economic plight and demonstrate their political frustration alongside their neighbours in Tunisia and Egypt, the government has promised [...]

Algeria projects report 2012

Algeria projects report in print

24th June 2012 The most comprehensive business intelligence report on Algeria’s economy is now in print. The culmination of several months of research and a decade of accumulated knowledge, this 180-page report is the most detailed and up-to-date study of the projects market in Algeria. It is the perfect time to be informed about the [...]

The political crisis in Egypt is threatening the transition to a new democratic regime

Political crisis threatens transition in Egypt

6 April 2012 Egypt is enduring one of its most politically fragile periods since Hosni Mubarak was forced from office A little more than 12 months after President Hosni Mubarak was removed from office, Egypt is teetering on the brink of a political and economic crisis. Plans to draw up a new constitution are in [...]


Dr Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights Situation in Iran, reveals shocking details of executions, stoning and suppression of civil rights in a speech at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, London, on 22 March 20012

Why we shouldn’t use Iran’s human rights record as an excuse for war

26 March 2012 Iran’s record on human rights is dreadful, but we must not allow it to become an excuse for war. Last week I had the privilege of hearing at first hand the findings of the UN’s top representative on human rights in Iran. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s ‘Special Rapporteur’, had submitted his first [...]

The elections in October 2011 are the greatest achievement of Tunisia's new government, according to Merhezia Lebidi Maiza, Ennahda member and deputy speaker of Tunisia's constituent national assembly, speaking at Chatham House on 21 March 2012

Tunisia divided on new political regime

21 March, 2012 Yesterday Tunisia celebrated the 56th anniversary of its independence from French colonial rule. But a little over a year since the ouster of president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years in power, it is no longer freedom from imperialism that defines the politics of this small North African nation. The key [...]

Israel continues to champion pre-emptive attack on Iran

A pre-emptive strike against Iran would be justifiable in the case of an imminent threat of attack, according to a senior Israeli diplomat speaking in London on 16 March. “Iran represents an existential threat to the state of Israel and we will not compromise on our national security,” said Ran Gidor, minister-counsellor for political affairs [...]


Juba, South Sudan, on the first day of voting for the referendum on independence

South Sudan referendum

Millions of South Sudanese voted in an independence referendum, which could cut Africa’s biggest country in two MEED – 28 January 2011 In John Garang memorial park in the South Sudanese capital of Juba, the mood is one of celebration. A group of drummers beat out a rhythm on tall African drums, while locals dance [...]