The way out of Somalia’s political impasse

Somalia is in a political crisis. For the first time in the country’s recent history, the four-year mandate of Parliament and the executive has expired without the selection – or election – of a new administration, or an alternative political agreement among stakeholders. The crisis stemmed from the deep-rooted trust deficit between the centrifugal and […]

‘Political move’: Sri Lanka urges rejection of UNHRC resolution

Sri Lanka subjected to ‘unprecedented propaganda campaign’, the foreign minister says in video address to the UN Human Rights Council. Sri Lanka has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to reject a forthcoming resolution voicing “serious concern” over the “deteriorating” rights situation in the country. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told the council it would […]

Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouti for president?

Palestinian politician Marwan Barghouti, who is seen as the leader of the First and Second Intifada, is serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison. His intention to run for president in the upcoming Palestinian elections has shaken the Palestinian political scene. If he runs and wins, as recent polls have suggested he might, his victory could reshape […]

Israel’s coronavirus vaccines wielding political power

Forget about oil and arms. Coronavirus vaccines are emerging as the newest currency of choice in the Middle East. Israel’s reopening of its economy, combined with a murky prisoner swap with Syria and the arrival of a batch of vaccines in the Gaza Strip, have all underscored how those with access to the vaccines have […]

‘Political cowardice’: US reacts to Trump impeachment acquittal

Democratic Party legislators and other public figures in the United States have reacted with indignation to the results of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, after the US Senate found Trump not guilty of “inciting” a deadly riot on Capitol Hill last month. In a Saturday afternoon vote that fell largely along party lines, […]

Ethiopia: Concern grows over health of jailed political leaders

Concerns are growing about the health of several imprisoned Ethiopian opposition figures who launched a hunger strike some two weeks ago, with protests erupting in Oromia to demand the release of some of the region’s most prominent political leaders. Senior Oromo Federal Congress (OFC) members Bekele Gerba and Jawar Mohammed are among some 20 people […]

New Zealand suspends Myanmar political, military ties after coup

The February 1 coup and detention of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has brought international condemnation. New Zealand has announced the suspension of high-level military and political contacts with Myanmar, the first major international move to isolate the country’s ruling military following a coup. Unveiling the measures, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday called […]

Italy’s political crisis is an opportunity for the far right

Italy has been one of the countries worst affected by COVID-19. More than 90,000 Italians have already lost their lives to the disease and the pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on the nation. The images of silent “ghost” towns and overwhelmed hospitals will continue to haunt Italians for years to come. The strict […]

Political tensions mount in El Salvador before legislative vote

Weeks of escalating political tensions in El Salvador culminated in a deadly attack at an election campaign event in the capital, San Salvador, in the lead-up to a legislative vote later this month. The killings of two members of the left-wing FMLN party on January 31 came after weeks of comments by Salvadoran President Nayib […]

Somali political leaders fail to reach deal on elections

Somalia’s divided political leaders have failed to agree on how to proceed with elections in emergency talks, a government minister has announced, just days before the end of the president’s current term. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed flew back to the capital from the central town of Dhusamareb, without a deal on the staffing of regional […]

Italy looks to ex-ECB chief Draghi to end political crisis

The Italian president is expected to ask Draghi to form a non-political government to replace caretaker PM Conte’s coalition. Italy’s president is expected to ask Mario Draghi, the former European Central Bank chief credited with saving the euro, to try to lead Italy through the coronavirus pandemic after last-ditch talks among squabbling politicians failed to […]

Timeline: Aung San Suu Kyi, political prisoner to leader

Al Jazeera breaks down Aung San Suu Kyi’s journey, from being the daughter of an independence hero to a political leader. Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader, has been detained along with President Win Myint and other senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party in the capital, Naypyidaw. Al Jazeera […]

‘Valley of tears’: Political crisis adds to Italians’ woes

Rome, Italy – Paolo Bianchini has not paid much attention to the 35 changes in government that have taken place in his lifetime – until this year. Bianchini, 44, owns a restaurant in Viterbo, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the capital, Rome. But the business he has owned for 20 years now hangs by […]

Italian prime minister resigns as political crisis deepens

PM Giuseppe Conte hopes Italy’s president will give him the mandate to form a new government. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned from office on Tuesday, two weeks after a key coalition partner quit his government over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and an economic downturn. Conte, who has been in office since June […]

Italy’s Prime Minister to Quit, Adding Political Chaos To Pandemic

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy will offer his resignation on Tuesday, his office said on Monday evening, likely triggering the collapse of Italy’s teetering government and plunging the country deeper into political chaos as it faces a still-spiraling coronavius epidemic and a halting vaccine rollout. “Mr. Conte will go see the President, Sergio Mattarella,” […]

Italy: Renzi quits coalition, sparking political crisis

Italy’s ex-premier said he was pulling his party’s ministers from cabinet, causing fresh political chaos amid pandemic. Italy has plunged into political crisis after former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi withdrew from the ruling coalition, risking the collapse of the government in the middle of a raging coronavirus pandemic. Renzi announced the resignation of two cabinet […]

Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JP Morgan to pause political donations

Several US firms are reviewing their donation policies in the aftermath of riots at the Capitol in the past week. Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. plan to pause all political contributions, joining a growing list of companies changing or reviewing their donation policies in the aftermath of riots at […]

COVID-hit Italy gripped by political crisis

Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has more than enough on his plate as he deals with a raging coronavirus pandemic, but also faces the more immediate challenge of staying in office. Despite a soaring COVID-19 death toll and with a deadline looming to come up with a credible plan to spend billions of euros in […]

India: Tibetans in exile vote to elect new political leader

Tibet’s government-in-exile was formed in Dharamshala in 1959 after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule. Hundreds of Tibetans in exile have voted in India’s northern city of Dharamshala, where the exiled government is based, for their new political leader as the current officeholder’s five-year term nears its end. The voters wore masks, maintained social […]

China and E.U. Leaders Strike Investment Deal, but Political Hurdles Await

Chinese and European Union leaders agreed on Wednesday to make it easier for companies to operate on each other’s territory, a significant geopolitical victory for China at a time when criticism of its human rights record and handling of the pandemic have left it increasingly isolated. But the landmark pact faces political opposition in Europe […]

Indian film star Rajinikanth ends political bid over health fears

The 70-year-old Tamil action hero said he will serve the people without entering electoral politics over health concerns. Indian movie superstar Rajinikanth has cancelled his plans to enter politics, saying a health scare had been “a warning from God”. The announcement came on Tuesday, one day after the 70-year-old Tamil action hero left hospital where […]

Chinese delegation meets Nepal PM amid political crisis

Senior Chinese Communist Party leader holds talks with PM Oli and President Bhandari as the ruling communist party on the verge of split. A Chinese delegation reportedly held talks with Nepali Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli and President Bidya Devi Bhandari in Kathmandu on Sunday in a first diplomatic step by the neighbouring power […]