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Syria's parliamentary elections resulted in another predictably huge win for the ruling Baath Party, but there were still some insights into the state of the economy.

President Bashar al-Assad's party and allies took 177 seats out of 250 in Sunday's polls, the third such elections since the start of the war nine years ago.

Counting of 'farcical' Syria vote delayed by reruns

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Counting of 'farcical' Syria vote delayed by reruns

The parliamentary polls are expected to deliver a clear majority for authoritarian leader Bashar al-Assad's Baath party.

Exiled opposition says Syria polls a 'farce'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Exiled opposition says Syria polls a 'farce'

President Bashar al-Assad's Baath party and its allies are expected to take most of parliament's 250 seats.

Syrians vote for new parliament amid measures against virus

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syrians vote for new parliament amid measures against virus

The vote is the third to take place in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

War-torn Syria goes to the polls amid economic crisis

Several lists were allowed to run across the country but any real opposition is absent from the poll, no surprises are expected and the ruling Baath party's hegemony is guaranteed.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Suweida's autonomy threatened by new economic uncertainties

Suweida has enjoyed a great degree of autonomy from regime rule during the war, but the dire economic situation in Syria is hitting home.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Rami Makhlouf's fall from grace confirmed

The rise and fall of Rami Makhlouf will be one of the great turning points in recent Syrian history.

The New Arab & agencies

Former Syrian vice president Khaddam dies in France

Former Assad family ally turned Syrian opposition figure Abdul Halim Khaddam succumbed to a heart attack early on Tuesday morning.

Syria Weekly: The Struggle for State in Syria

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: The Struggle for State in Syria

The New Arab collates key points from Chatham House's series of panel discussion entitled 'The Struggle for State' , marking nine years since ...

The New Arab & agencies

Damascus announces parliamentary polls on 13 April

The polls, to be held across regime-controlled parts of Syria, are the third such elections in the country since the start of its nine-year ...

Iraq PM-designate calls for confidence vote Monday

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq PM-designate calls for confidence vote Monday

Protesters say prime minister-designate Allawi is too close to the political elite they have fiercely fought against for months.

Syrian opposition launch new liberal <em>party</em>

Paul McLoughlin

Syrian opposition launch new liberal party

The Syrian Liberal Party aims at keeping the dreams of the 2011 revolution alive and bring about a free and liberal Syria.

New noir crime-thriller captures candid portrait of occupied Iraq

Nazli Tarzi

New noir crime-thriller captures candid portrait of occupied Iraq

Set against the backdrop of Iraq's Anglo-American invasion 17 years ago, Baghdad Central peers into the lives of Baghdadis as their world frays ...

Government change offers no solution for Iraq

Judit Neurink

Government change offers no solution for Iraq

Comment: If Iraq's party system based on religion, ethnicity and endemic clientelism is not addressed, protests will recur and ...

The New Arab

Facebook removes dozens of pro-Saddam troll accounts

Anti-Iraqi government accounts have been spreading pro-Saddam Hussein propaganda on Facebook, campaigners say.

Munzoul Assal

Sudan's transition to democracy: Will it be smooth?

The success of new PM Abdalla Hamdok's cabinet is contingent on a number of requirements, chief among them, the collaboration between the ...

Afrah Shawqi

Iraqi poets face threats for criticising government corruption

Many Iraqi poets have been using their words to criticise the government and political parties over corruption, lack of services and the absence ...

The New Arab

Syrian regime cuts medical aid to Daraa clinic

The Syrian regime has forced one of its own state-run clinics to close after cutting off medical aid, a move which residents says is punishment ...

Sudanese army holds 1st meeting with protesters since coup

The New Arab & agencies

Sudanese army holds 1st meeting with protesters since coup

Sudanese political parties and movements behind nearly four months of anti-government protests met with the country’s military on Saturday

Usman Butt

State and Tribes in Syria

Book Club: Haian Dukhan's book, State and Tribes in Syria: Informal Alliances and Conflict Patterns, provide a useful introduction into thinking ...

The Iraq Report: Shia militias begin purges

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Shia militias begin purges

This week's round-up of under-reported news from Iraq focuses on the ruthless efforts of powerful factions within the PMF to consolidate power.

Syria: A wrecked school system, a country in ruins

Elisabeth Longuenesse

Syria: A wrecked school system, a country in ruins

Comment: Syria's education system was decimated by the brutal civil war, and the outlook under Assad is equally bleak, writes Elisabeth ...

Sudan detains nine opposition leaders ahead of new protests

The New Arab

Sudan detains nine opposition leaders ahead of new protests

Protesters have taken to the streets in Khartoum and several other cities since 19 December, leading to a crackdown by security forces in which ...

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