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.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned against any bid to end the house arrest of two top opposition leaders, a champion of their release said to Iranian media Monday. Lawmaker Ali Motahari, a supporter of President Hassan Rouhani, said Khamenei had told him the house arrest imposed on the two defeated 2009 presidential election candidates was a "favour" and that they would face far worse punishment if they stood trial.
The manager of a VIP room where expletive-laden comments by Poland's interior minister were allegedly secretly recorded before being released by a magazine this week has been arrested, the German Press Agency cited Polish media saying on Tuesday.
Opposition politicians in Poland called for the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk to step down Monday the German Press Agency reports. This happened after Tusk’s interior minister was captured in a secret recording using expletives about members of the cabinet and discussing the removal of the finance minister.
Turkey's two largest opposition parties agreed Monday to run Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, a diplomat and academic, as their joint candidate for the presidential election in August reports the German Press Agency.
A Venezuelan opposition leader has been ordered to stand trial on charges of instigating violence at an anti-government demonstration, prosecutors said Thursday.
Allies of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy lined up on Wednesday to call for his return to head an opposition UMP party beset by crisis, setting the stage for a comeback that could propel him to a re-election bid in 2017. Sarkozy, who lost power to Socialist President Francois Hollande in 2012, has since avoided direct involvement in politics but is widely expected to seek re-election in 2017 and has been commenting with increasing frequency on European current affairs.
Russian mediators play significant roles in settling domestic political crisis in Abkhazia, Abkhaz opposition leader Sergei Shamba said. "[Russia's] Vladislav Surkov and Rashid Nurgaliyev have played a colossal role in settling the domestic political crisis in Abkhazia. Personally, I am very grateful to them," Shamba told Interfax on Monday.
Abkhazian opposition leader Raul Khadzhimba has said he will decide whether or not to run for president in the snap presidential elections slated by parliament for August 24 after consulting his supporters. "This is the matter nomination [as presidential candidate] which is not decided on one's own," Khadzhimba told journalists on Sunday. "It will depend on my team, on people who are willing to speak with me. So far I am silent," he added.
Abkhaz Security Council secretary Nugzar Ashuba has not confirmed reports that President Alexander Ankvab signed a letter of resignation. "Parliament speaker Valery Bganba and I are now on our way to the president of Abkhazia. So far Ankvab has not signed any resignation documents. We will talk as friends and decide what to do now," Ashuba told Interfax on Sunday.
Sergei Shamba, a leading member of the opposition in Abkhazia, claims that Abkhaz President Alexander Ankvab has resigned.
Valery Bganba, the speaker of the Abkhazian People’s Assembly whom parliament appointed acting Abkhazian president, will meet Abkhazian President Alexander Ankvab on Sunday. Ankvab said that the parliament’s personnel decision had grossly violated the country’s Constitution. Abkhazia parliament sets early presidential election for August 24.
Abkhazia’s President Alexander Ankvab may meet with parliament speaker Valery Bganda on Sunday, June 1, the secretary of Abkhazia’s Security Council has said.
Abkhaz Prime Minister Leonid Lakerbaya said Saturday's parliament resolution appointing an interim president and calling an early presidential election "lies outside the constitutional framework."
The Parliament of Abkhazia has appointed speaker of the National Assembly Valery Bganba acting President of the Republic. According to an Interfax correspondent, the Parliament has, by a majority vote, made the decision to hold an early presidential election on August 24, this year.
Abkhazia's president on Saturday slammed parliament for a vote of no confidence in the Cabinet and for urging him to step down. "I categorically disagree with this. Decisions of this kind cannot be made in situations like this - under pressure and in the form of ultimatums," the president's office quoted Alexander Ankvab as saying.
Abkhaz President Alexander Ankvab has demanded that all services must work to prevent the use of military methods to resolve the republic's crisis, secretary of Abkhazia's Security Council Nugzar Ashuba told reporters on Friday. Ashuba is taking part in negotiations with the Abkhaz opposition on behalf of the republic's authorities.
The authorities and opposition in Abkhazia have agreed to start talks after consultations held with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov. The Abkhazian authorities will be represented by Security Council secretary Nugzar Ashuba, and the opposition by chairman of the public veteran movement, member of the Coordinating Council of 11 political parties and public organizations Vitaly Gabniya.
Participants in indefinite opposition rallies outside the Abkhaz presidential administration passed a memorandum on Thursday, an Interfax correspondent reported. The document proclaimed the main tasks of the Abkhaz opposition forces; "building a stable and developed state" and drastic reforms are necessary to do this, the document said.
Abkhazia’s parliament will meet in session at 09.00 pm Moscow time on Thursday to consider the possibility of President Alexander Ankvab’s resignation, the leader of the opposition, member of Abkhazia’s People’s Assembly, Raul Khadzhimba said.