Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a new seven-year term as President of Syria for the third time on Wednesday, media reports. "I pledge to respect the constitution and protect the people of Syria," he said during a live broadcast on Syrian television at a red carpet ceremony held at the presidential palace in Damascus.
"A coup against the people" – this is how Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah dubbed the preliminary results of the presidential runoff held last month. He refused to recognize the victory of his rival Ashraf Ghani saying that the election process was marred by fraud. Just to remind, he scored 44 percent of the votes coming in second trailing after Ghani. "We are the winners of this round of elections without any doubt," he said addressing the crowd in Kabul.
As Russia hands the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council over to Rwanda, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin tells Russia's government daily newspaper of the major achievements during its presiding month.
Italy, which takes over the EU presidency on July 1 from Greece, puts quite ambitious goals and objectives for the next six months. In particular, the Italian leadership affirms the need to change the direction of European policy priorities, to make united Europe once again a "dream", instead of a source of problems and disappointments for EU citizens. "This semester is special as it has to initiate a new political cycle. It is the first six months of the new European legislature, which was elected in late May," said in an interview with Itar-Tass Secretary of State Council of Ministers responsible for European policy, Sandro Guoqi.
Ecuadoran lawmakers proposed constitutional amendments Thursday to allow unlimited presidential terms, following a request from incumbent Rafael Correa. National Assembly President Gabriela Rivadeneira, a member of Correa's ruling PAIS Alliance party, presented the list of 17 amendments. "Ecuadoran society demands us, as legislative representatives, have a constitution in accord with the development of the new homeland," Rivadeneira said, referring to the initiative requested by Correa, a prominent figure of Latin America's far left.
Russia is ready to send monitors to the elections in Palestine, Interfax cited the head of the Russian Federation Council international affairs committee Mikhail Margelov as saying. This was stated during a meeting with Nabil Shaath co-chairing the Russian-Palestinian committee for Middle East, Fatah central committee member.
Last year family matriarch Barbara Bush proclaimed there have been "enough Bushes" in the White House, but recently Jeb Bush unambiguously revived prospects of extending the political dynasty. In his most elaborate discussion yet on the matter of 2016, the popular two-term Republican governor of Florida sent a jolt through the political chattering class by promising he will decide by year's end whether he will run, and by laying out what a possible Jeb Bush candidacy might look like.
Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the Batkivshchyna party and former prime minister of Ukraine, says she intends to run for Ukraine's presidency. "Yes, I plan to run," she told a press conference in Kiev on Thursday. Tymoshenko said she intends to ask to be nominated as a presidential candidate at the Batkivshchyna congress on March 29. Early presidential elections are scheduled in Ukraine on May 25.
Ukraine’s Batkivshchyna party leader Yulia Tymoshenko will run for president in the May 25 polls, leader of the UDAR party Vitali Klitschko told reporters on Friday.
Governor of the Kharkiv region Mikhail Dobkin resigned and intends to run for presidency, the press service reports.
Yulia Tymoshenko, former prime minister of Ukraine and leader of the party Batkivshchina, has not made any statements concerning her intention to run for president as some media have reported.
Ukraine’s MPs are due to take up drafts constitutional reform today, the drafts that have been prepared by the Batkivshchina and UDAR party factions. The opposition insists on a return to the constitution of 2004 and on setting limits on presidential powers. Meanwhile, the EU Foreign Ministers are due to meet in Brussels this Monday to discuss the situation in Ukraine. Sweden and Poland will come up with their proposals on changing the stand on Ukraine.
Egyptian leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi said on Saturday he had decided to run for the presidency in a forthcoming election that army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to win.
More than 150 people were wounded in clashes between police and protestors in Bosnia on Friday as anger over the country's struggling economy boiled over. Hospitals in Sarajevo said over 100 people had been injured during clashes there, while there were reports of 50 people wounded in the central town of Zenica and another 11 in the northeastern city of Tuzla.
Protesters set fire to a section of the presidency building in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo on Friday, the third day of violent protests against economic and political stagnation in the Balkan country.
Vice President Joe Biden said he will decide by the summer of 2015 if he will make a third run for the US presidency.
Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said he will run for president, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Thursday.
Russia has attained formidable success foreign policy in 2013 and among it's foreign policy achievements, as German politics expert Dr Ewald Böhlke belives, is first of all a positive influence on conflict settlement in Syria and the situation over Iran. These facts allow stating that Russia as the G8 presiding country in this year has all capabilities to determine the political agenda, Boehlke believes. The expert noted that the G8 states face many geopolitical challenges, which primarily embrace the countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Only foreign companies now take tourists to the Antarctic and Russia should work in this area too, Alexander Bedritsky, Russian presidential adviser on climate change, said.