Friday, October 7

Tag: Middle East

Rival Shia groups square off over Iraq leadership vacuum | Politics News
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Rival Shia groups square off over Iraq leadership vacuum | Politics News

Rival Iraqi factions took to the streets of Baghdad to call for a new government with supporters of religious scholar Moqtada al-Sadr demanding early elections and his Iran-backed opponents saying the results of last October’s poll should be honoured. Thousands of al-Sadr’s followers prayed outside parliament on Friday in a show of support for the populist leader who has called on the judiciary to dissolve parliament by the end of next week. Hours later, supporters of Iran-backed groups opposed to al-Sadr rallied on the edge of the fortified Green Zone, where parliament and foreign embassies are located, insisting they should form the new government based on the October election. Followers of al-Sadr stormed the parliament last month and have since been holding a sit-in outside the assembl...
Factbox-Egypt Keeps Former Powerhouse Muslim Brotherhood Out of Politics
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Factbox-Egypt Keeps Former Powerhouse Muslim Brotherhood Out of Politics

(Reuters) - After years of sweeping crackdowns on dissent, Egypt is set to launch a political dialogue, but the once-powerful and now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood is excluded.Long viewed as the most influential Islamist movement in the Middle East, the Brotherhood rose to power in Egypt's first modern free election in 2012, a year after veteran President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular uprising.But the Brotherhood's success, which followed decades of confrontation with its old adversary the state, was shortlived.In 2013, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, then armed forces chief and now president, removed the Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi from power after mass protests against his rule.Egypt then launched its most ferocious crackdown against the group, handing down death sentences or long prison te...
Skirmishes as police block Tunisia protests against July referendum | Politics News
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Skirmishes as police block Tunisia protests against July referendum | Politics News

Police blocked protesters marching towards the headquarters of the electoral board whose chief President Kais Saied recently replaced.Clashes have erupted between Tunisian police and demonstrators against President Kais Saied as about 100 people protested a referendum slated for July a year after he staged what critics call a coup. Police blocked protesters as they marched on Saturday towards the headquarters of the electoral board whose chief Saied replaced last month, in a further move to extend his control of state institutions. At the protest in the Tunisian capital Tunis, organised by five small political parties, some demonstrators held up placards reading, “The president’s commission = fraud commission”. On July 25, Saied sacked the government and suspended parliament, which he late...
Iraqi cleric Mahmoud al-Sarkhi deepens intra-Shia dispute | Politics News
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Iraqi cleric Mahmoud al-Sarkhi deepens intra-Shia dispute | Politics News

Baghdad, Iraq – A mosque pulled down by tractors, angry protesters setting buildings on fire, and police arrests: despite their relatively small-scale, recent events across a few cities in Iraq were enough to startle the country over the last month, and all were linked to a controversial Muslim scholar – Mahmoud al-Sarkhi. The trigger in the latest round of what has become an increasingly tense intra-Shia leaders’ dispute was an otherwise uneventful Friday sermon in early April, when Ali Masoudi, a representative of al-Sarkhi, who is a former student of the late prominent Shia scholar Mohammad Sadiq al-Sadr, demanded the demolition of shrines, or graves of Shia imams, across Iraq. “We should follow the teachings of the Prophet [Muhammed] and Imam Ali and not build any structures on the gra...