Spanish prime minister faces no-confidence motion
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez faces a no-confidence motion in parliament brought by the right-wing populist Vox party, as the government grapples with a severe second wave of coronavirus infections.Sanchez is expected to win the vote, which is due to take place on Thursday, but tough exchanges are expected between the government and opposition.Vox accuses the government of imposing a "Bolivarian communism," a reference to a 19th-century Venezuelan general who led socialist independence movements. Vox also called on the government to justify its "criminal" management of the coronavirus o...
Malaysian opposition leader probed over bid to become prime minister
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was questioned by police on Friday over a list of lawmakers reportedly supporting his bid to oust the government of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.Anwar was summoned after complaints were lodged against him about the list of 121 lawmakers, from Malaysia's 222-member parliament, that made the rounds on social media after his meeting with the king on Tuesday. During his royal audience, Anwar reportedly claimed to have enough support to form a new government.He appeared at the Bukit Aman police headquarters at about 2 p.m. and was accompan...
Sudan’s prime minister sacks provincial governor after deadly protests
Sudan’sprime ministeron Tuesday sacked the governor of an eastern province, less than three months after his appointment, the state-run news agency reported.Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s decision to fire Saleh Ammar, newly appointed governor of Kassala province, came amid sporadic protests against his appointment — protests that at times have turned deadly.Ammar was named governor of Kassala in July, when Hamdok appointed civilian governors for the country’s 18 provinces. The move was seen at the time as a key step forward in Sudan’s transition to democracy.But the protesters, who opposed hi...
COMMENT | Covid-19: Wake up, enough talk, take action
COMMENT | This is an open letter to the prime minister. As I write this – there are 400 Covid-19 positive patients in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sabah’s tertiary referral hospital in Kota Kinabalu, including the chief minister of Sabah.All non-Covid-19 patients who do not have life-threatening illnesses are being turned away to channel all resources towards Covid-19. Even normal routine lab tests have been cut down to enable more testing for Covid-19.Healthcare workers are tired and stretched thin. Resources such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and other vital equipment are running low. ...
Kyrgyzstan: Former convict appointed prime minister
Supporters of Sadyr Japarov outside the government headquarters on October 10, the day he was appointed prime minister. (photo: Danil Usmanov)Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has voted in an emergency session attended by fewer than half the legislature's members to appoint Sadyr Japarov, an avowed nationalist who was sentenced in 2017 to more than 10 years in prison on kidnapping-related charges, as the country’s prime minister.The vote on October 10 brings a close to almost a week of turbulence that has seen the government in disarray, countless scenes of politically tinged violence on the streets and...
Vietnam conservation regulations improving, but much work remains
HO CHI MINH CITY — Earlier this year, Vietnam’s prime minister called for a ban of the wildlife trade in the country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several months later, the government released a directive on the wildlife trade.Hailed as a ban in some media coverage, the move fell short of that, as the directive did not introduce any new laws or regulations; instead it called on a number of ministries and government agencies to work on improving enforcement of existing rules and handing down stricter punishments for violations.This misunderstanding is not surprising, as Vietnam’s system...
Lebanon to begin consultations to name new premier
Lebanese President Michel Aoun will begin parliamentary consultations to name a new prime minister next week, his office said on Wednesday.It will mark the third attempt to name a new premier in less than a year following a series of resignations in the face of a deepening economic crisis and a port explosion that ravaged entire districts of the capital.Outgoing prime minister Hassan Diab quit in the wake of the colossal August 4 explosion at Beirut port that killed more than 190 people, and wounded at least 6,500.His designated successor Mustapha Adib stepped down last month after he failed t...
Armenian prime minister blames Turkey for deadly Karabakh escalation
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said Tuesday that Turkey's encouragement of Azerbaijan was to blame for the outbreak of fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, as Ankara renewed its support for Baku."Without Turkey's active engagement this would not have begun," Pashinyan told AFP in an interview in Yerevan, after a tenth day of fighting over a decades-long territorial dispute that has claimed nearly 300 lives."The decision to unleash a war was motivated by Turkey’s full support," he said.Earlier Tuesday, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu urged world leaders to bac...
Ana Brnabic to continue as Serbian prime minister
Ana Brnabic will serve as Serbian prime minister for another term, President Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday, more than three months after his Progressive Party (SNS) swept the June 21 parliamentary election.Vucic announced the decision after the meeting of the SNS leadership.His nationally-televised address fell on the 20th anniversary of the fall of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic and the government in which Vucic served as information minister.The SNS won 188 of the 250 parliamentary seats in the election, which was boycotted by most of the opposition citing unfair conditions.It remain...
IMPROVE aims to improve food security in African countries
Former British prime minister and envoy of the Quartet, Tony Blair, who is currently chairman of the Institute for Social Change, is known to be a sincere and long-time friend of Israel and the Jewish people and of all former heads of state and government has arguably paid the most visits to Israel.During the past twenty-plus years, he has been to Israel more than 150 times. Although the various obstacles to travel that are related to novel coronavirus restrictions have put a damper on his physical presence in Israel, he continues to be a regular online guest, and among the events in which he ...
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