After Algerian protesters rejected President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s offer to step down after one year should he be re-elected, his latest announcement that he will extend his fourth term is being met with more anger.
The centrepiece of UN peace efforts in Syria, the committee would be tasked with negotiating a new post-war constitution that would pave the way to elections aimed at turning the page on seven years of devastating war.
The proposed committee whose role is to draft the new constitution of Syria is said to consist of 150 people: 50 selected by the Syrian regime, 50 selected by the opposition, and 50 selected by the United Nations from representatives of civil society.
Amid calls for abolishing provincial councils in Iraq, provincial elections have been delayed for the second time. The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), which sets up the mechanisms for the elections, was frozen up until two weeks ago.
World leaders at a summit in Istanbul said the committee to create the new constitution for Syria should convene by the end of the year. The 150-member committee was agreed upon at the Syrian Peace Conference in Russia this past January.
In recent weeks, talks have been ongoing between Damascus and the Syrian Democratic Council, led predominantly by Kurds, with the aim of finding a peaceful and mutually-beneficial solution concerning control over the country's northern region.
Iraqi President Fuad Masum referred to the Federal Supreme Court the decision of the outgoing parliament to cancel some of the results of the parliamentary elections, a move the President considered "unconstitutional".