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A man standing outside a mosque in the Iranian capital Tehran on February 14, 2020 hands out electoral leaflets showing candidates campaigning in the upcoming Iranian legislative election due to take place on February 21. (Photo by – - AFP)

Iran’s parliament: what you need to know

Conservatives are expected to make a resurgence next Friday when Iranians elect a new parliament, a legislative chamber that shapes debate in the Islamic republic.
Looking at parts of the country which will be affected by the rainy season, pushing the schedule a little further will ease our burden, NEBE Chairwoman Birtukan Mideksa said at a conference on election preparations taking place in the capital.

Ethiopia to hold parliamentary elections on August 29

"Looking at parts of the country which will be affected by the rainy season, pushing the schedule a little further will ease our burden," NEBE Chairwoman Birtukan Mideksa said at a conference on election preparations taking place in the capital, Addis Ababa.
The Ethiopian House of Peoples Representative (HoPR), the lower house of the Ethiopian parliament, on Thursday ratified a new law that criminalised hate speech and disinformation.

Ethiopian MPs ratify law criminalising hate speech

The Ethiopian House of Peoples Representative (HoPR), the lower house of the Ethiopian parliament, on Thursday ratified a new law that criminalised hate speech and disinformation.
[file] Former South African president Jacob Zuma appears at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on April 6, 2018, during for a brief preliminary hearing on corruption charges linked to a multi-billion dollar 1990s arms deal./ AFP PHOTO / POOL / Nic BOTHMA

Jacob Zuma receiving treatment in foreign country – lawyers

Lawyers for South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma have dismissed reports that he will be in parliament on Thursday for his successor Cyril Ramaphosa’s annual state of the nation address, saying he is still receiving medical treatment abroad.
Thomas Gould, a Sinn Fein candidate in Cork, celebrating with supporters after the voting results. Henry Nicholls-Reuters

Ireland: Sinn Fein wins popular vote, set for historic gains

Sinn Fein, the left-wing Irish nationalist party, has won the popular vote in a general election, with the one-time political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) disrupting a duopoly of centre-right parties which have historically controlled the Republic.
EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gives a press conference on negotiations with UK on on February 3, 2020. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD - AFP)

EU chief, UK premier clash over post-Brexit ties

The EU and Britain opened hostilities in Brexit’s next bruising chapter on Monday, laying down tough red lines for a post-divorce future following the UK’s dramatic exit from the bloc.
After two months of political deadlock, Iraqi President Barham Salih on Saturday appointed Mohammed Allawi to replace caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned in late November in the face of widespread anti-government protests.

Iraqi president names Mohammad Allawi as new prime minister

After two months of political deadlock, Iraqi President Barham Salih on Saturday appointed Mohammed Allawi to replace caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned in late November in the face of widespread anti-government protests.
The European Parliament ‘overwhelmingly’ approved Britain’s departure terms from the EU with a final vote on Wednesday.

European parliament backs Brexit deal

The Brexit divorce battle which lasted for three and half years is finally set for tough trade negotiations in the year ahead as it departs on Friday.

Niger Delta ministry to partner youth parliament

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Mr. Olusade Adesola, said the ministry would partner with the Nigerian Youth Parliament (NYP), to empower young people in driving Nigeria’s developmental agenda.
Sir Tim Barrow, the permanent representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union, arrives to deposit the instrument of ratification, notifying the council that the UK has fully ratified the Withdrawal Agreement, at Europa building in Brussels

EU parliament to vote on Brexit, paving way for Friday’s departure

The European Parliament, on Wednesday said it was due to vote on Britain’s departure from the EU, marking one of the final steps required for Brexit to take place.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the International Criminal Court of anti-Semitism on Sunday over its chief prosecutor’s plan to pursue a war crimes probe in the Palestinian Territories.

Benjamin Netanyahu drops request for immunity from corruption charges

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday has said he is withdrawing his bid for parliamentary immunity from prosecution on corruption charges, paving the way for a trial to begin.
Interim Foreign Minister Yerko Nunez, criticized a tweet by his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez, who on Thursday accused Anez of having staged a coup and of “servility” toward the U.S.

Bolivia cut-off diplomatic relations with Cuba

Bolivia’s Interim Government, on Friday broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba, accusing the Caribbean island of having shown permanent hostility toward the Andean country.
Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth gives royal assent to Brexit

Queen Elizabeth II has given her assent to United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill, thus enshrining the UK’s EU exit into law.
She is 63-year-old Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law.

Greece picks first female president

She is 63-year-old Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law.
In the aftermath of the European Parliament, the legislative hand of the European Union (EU), having said that no progress has been made in the war against Boko Haram in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari said things were a lot better. 6

Counterinsurgency: Things are a lot better – President Buhari tells Boris Johnson

In the aftermath of the European Parliament, the legislative hand of the European Union (EU), having said that no progress has been made in the war against Boko Haram in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari said things were a lot better.
Faure Gnassingbe

Six candidates to run against Togo president in February vote

Six candidates will run against Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe in a presidential election next month, the Constitutional Court said Friday.
Dmitry Medvedev

Russian government resigns as Vladimir Putin proposes changes

Russia’s government has resigned, a few hours after President Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping constitutional changes that could prolong his stay in power.
“Hoping that lessons will be learned and action taken by all parties,” said Konstantin Kosachev, quoted by the Interfax news agency.

Russia reacts to Iran’s admission of shooting down Ukraine jetliner

Iran, which admitted on Saturday that it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner killing 176 people, must “learn lessons” from the disaster, the chairman of the Russian parliament’s foreign affairs committee said.

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