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Palestinian political factions on Monday unanimously agreed that no elections will take place without Jerusalemites taking part.

73-year-old Ismail Omar Guelleh, who has controlled Djibouti with an iron fist since 1999, is set to start a fifth term after winning over 98 percent of the presidential vote.

<em>Polls</em> open in Djibouti as Guelleh seeks fifth term

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Polls open in Djibouti as Guelleh seeks fifth term

Some 215,000 citizens are registered to vote in the ballot pitting Guelleh, 73, against a little-known businessman widely seen to pose little threat to the strongman.

Mansour Abbas: The Islamist politician reshaping Israel's political landscape

Emad Moussa

Mansour Abbas: The Islamist politician reshaping Israel's political landscape

Analysis: When elected to the Knesset two years ago, few Israelis knew who Mansour Abbas was. Now the Islamist leader could shape the fate of ...

Somalia's political deadlock: Why have elections been delayed?

Faisal Ali

Somalia's political deadlock: Why have elections been delayed?

Analysis: International pressure is growing on Somalia's leaders to hold elections but talks to end the political impasse have repeatedly ...

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Turkish women activists battle to re-instate Istanbul Convention

On an almost daily basis, several thousand women's rights activists have hit the streets to demand Erdogan re-instate Turkey to the Istanbul Convention, aimed at combating violence against women.

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Israel's Netanyahu on trial as coalition talks ramp up

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced court in his corruption trial while his bid to form a government after another inconclusive election ...

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Palestinian President Abbas heads to Germany for 'medical checks'

Mahmoud Abbas has left to Germany for medical checks, a Fatah source told The New Arab.

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Afghan president to reveal new Taliban peace proposal: official

Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, is to unveil a new proposal for peace with the Taliban as the US' troop withdrawal deadline looms, an ...

Malaysia's ex-PM Najib Razak starts appeal of corruption conviction

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Malaysia's ex-PM Najib Razak starts appeal of corruption conviction

Malaysia's ex-PM Najib Razak was convicted on multi-million dollar corruption charges last year. Now, he launches his appeal against a hefty ...

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Palestinians approve 36 groups to run in May vote

36 candidate lists, from the dominant factions to individuals and popular figures, have been approved for the Palestinian legislative elections ...

Jailed Barghouti backs challenge to Palestinian president

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Jailed Barghouti backs challenge to Palestinian president

Imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti has endorsed a list of challengers opposing president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah movement in ...

Arafat nephew, Barghouti to unite for Palestinian elections: report

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Arafat nephew, Barghouti to unite for Palestinian elections: report

Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti and dissident Fatah official Nasser Al-Kidwa have agreed to form a united front against the official ...

Majority of Palestinians want Marwan Barghouti as president: poll

The New Arab Staff

Majority of Palestinians want Marwan Barghouti as president: poll

Jailed activist Marwan Barghouti is the top choice for president among Palestinians.

Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti formally enters election race

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Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti formally enters election race

Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison, will submit an independent list for upcoming legislative elections.

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Hamas launches 'Jerusalem Is Our Promise' election list

Hamas has submitted its candidate list for May's Palestinian elections amid Israeli targeting of its leaders.

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Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan says will resign in April

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said he will resign next month.

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'Expel or kill': Racist attacks target Palestinian Israeli town

The acts of vandalism took place as far-right parties looked likely to enter parliament following Israel’s fourth election in two years.

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Israel headed for stalemate after 90% of votes counted

Netanyahu's right-wing and religious bloc could turn to Israeli-Palestinian parties to secure the 61-seat majority needed to form government.

Armenia lifts martial law months after Karabakh war

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Armenia lifts martial law months after Karabakh war

The move comes as part of a deal between Armenia's premier and the opposition to end a political crisis triggered by the country's defeat in the ...

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Taliban slam Afghan president's proposal for new election

The militant group appear unimpressed with President Ashraf Ghani's attempt to undercut a US proposal to form an interim government involving ...

Far-right firebrand set to enter Israel parliament: exit <em>polls</em>

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Far-right firebrand set to enter Israel parliament: exit polls

Far-right candidate Itamar Ben-Gvir was on track to enter Israel's parliament after the country's fourth election in two years.

Netanyahu in lead but majority uncertain after Israel vote

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Netanyahu in lead but majority uncertain after Israel vote

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is leading exit polls after the country's election, but with no guarantee his Likud Party can ...

<em>Polls</em> open in fourth Israeli election in two years

The New Arab Staff

Polls open in fourth Israeli election in two years

Nearly 14,000 polling stations opened at 7am (5am GMT) across the country, several thousand more than previous elections to prevent crowding in ...

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