In 2010 most analysts predicted a landslide victory for Dawlat al-Qanum (the movement led by incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki) but the party came second after Iraqiyya, obliging al-Maliki to reach to Muqtada al-Sadr and Ammar al-Hakim to form a new coalition. This time Dawlat al-Qanun is still indicated as the most influential political actor even if its hold over the Iraqi political arena appears less solid than in 2009-2010. Do you agree with this analysis?
Abstract The paper aims to delineate the evolution of the Iraqi socio-political scenario after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime and the end of the Coalition Provisional Authority experience. In doing so the research attempts to pinpoint key actors in the Iraqi political system and the degree of popular support they were able to muster both on the local (2005, 2010 and 2013 provincial elections) and national (January -December 2005 and 2010 voting) levels. The final part of the paper examines the political dynamics that emerged during al-Maliki’s second term. Particular attention has been given to the heightening political infighting seen since the withdrawal of US troops in December 2011 and to the apparent fragmentation of the Iraqi political arena attested to by the results of the recent provincial elections.
Beijing would vote for Angela Merkel in Germany’s upcoming general elections.
Proximity to Germany has some obvious advantages, not least helping Poland withstand the euro-crisis. Yet, it has drawbacks too, and if nothing changes in German European policy after the election, Poland’s may have to. The reason is simple: Poles have benefited from behaviour on the part of the current German government which have been costly to the EU as a whole. Poland is aware of the drawbacks in Germany’s approach and is in a position to offset them.
Apollinaire Muholongu Malumalu is a Catholic priest, a professor of Political Science at the Catholic University of Graben in Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Managing Director of the School of Electoral Training in Central Africa. He is also the President of the European Centre for Electoral Support based in Brussels. Malumalu was appointed by the DRC Bishops as the Director of Cardinal Martino Pan-African Institute for Social Doctrine of the Church in Kinshasa, founded by the Episcopal Commission Justice and peace.
After saying for months that all Iranian presidential hopefuls were the same, foreign observers are falling over themselves in fine-tuning the special features of the successful candidate, Hassan Rohani. Indeed, Rohani’s profile confirms that Iran’s politics are more complex and nuanced than is normally depicted in Western media. Iran’s new president can be safely labelled as a moderate conservative; but what does this mean, and how to deal with the new government in Tehran?
“Efficient state and united society”, “social control and civic initiative”, “We are for Russia. The truth is with us. The victory lies ahead”: these are some the constituent values proclaimed in the charter of the newly-founded (June 12) by the Kremlin movement called “All-Russia Social People’s Front – For Russia” (in Russian: Общероссийское общественное движение Народный фронт – за Россию).