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Why Rouhani may become Iran’s first one-term president

Saeid Jafari – AlMonitor With only eight months left of his current term, President Hassan Rouhani and his potential rivals are gearing up for Iran’s May 2017 presidential election. Rouhani, who came to power in 2013 promising to resolve the nuclear issue, has fulfilled this key pledge with a comprehensive …

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Call for the abolition of religious and political vetting the candidates in Iran

O’ Freedom-loving Iranians: In order: •To realise national sovereignty on the basis of human rights, •To secure peaceful transition of the ruling regime in  Iran with  a plitical system in which the power to rule emanates  from the will of the populace, •To transfer legislative power to the nation’s freely–elected representatives, •To create a free, developed and democratic Iran: Join …

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Message of Congratulations to the Peoples’ Democracy Party of Turkey

We congratulate the leaders and members of the party and the Turkish people for the victory of your party in the last parliamentary election and securing more than 13 percent of the popular vote.  This election was of paramount significance, in terms of both the regional situation and the developments …

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Will elections change Turkey’s foreign policy?

Semih Idiz (Al Monitor) Turkey faces what some say will be the most important elections in its recent history. What’s at stake is nothing less than Turkey’s already troubled democratic system. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to use these elections to introduce an unencumbered presidential system that will make him the country’s …

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Burundi’s Nkurunziza asks public for money for election

Burundi’s government has asked its people to donate money to help with controversial elections scheduled for June. The appeal for funds were made on the government’s official Facebook page. It comes after the European Union said it will withhold more than $2m (£1.3m) of funding for the elections. There have …

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Danish Government to Call Election as Polls Point to Defeat

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt will call an early election on Wednesday even though most polls indicate she has little chance of winning a second term. The 48-year-old, who became Denmark’s first female premier four years ago on pledges to raise welfare spending and boost employment, will send Danes to the …

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Spain’s ruling conservatives brace for local elections seen as test for new upstart parties

MADRID –  Spain could be set for a political upheaval in key local elections this weekend, with strong signs that voters fed up with economic crisis and corruption scandals may punish both the ruling conservative Popular Party and the leading opposition Socialists. Opinion polls agree on one point: With centrist …

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Kenneth Clarke: chaos of second general election this year would fix nothing

A second general election later this year after an inconclusive result on Thursday would resolve little and would probably produce a similar outcome, former chancellor Kenneth Clarke has said. In a warning to the main political parties, which are making tentative plans for a second election as opinion polls suggest …

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Sturgeon steals the show in British election

(Reuters) – Detractors have vilified her as the most dangerous woman in Britain and an existential threat to the United Kingdom. New-found admirers have lauded her as an astute operator who has shaken up Britain’s male-dominated political establishment. Either way, Scottish National Party leader (SNP) Nicola Sturgeon has become one …

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Labour Party aims focus on family budgets ahead of elections – FT

(Reuters) – Britain’s opposition leader Ed Miliband is expected to say that family budgets are “at risk” if the Conservatives remain in power, a move intended at trying to shift the UK election campaign back to living standards, the Financial Times reported. Miliband will promise voters that a Labour government …

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