With efforts to form a coalition government in Tunisia underway, it would appear that the Ennahda Party, which secured a series of victories in the recent parliamentary and presidential elections, is excluding its closest opponent, Qalb Tunis, from a "Coalition of Opposites", pushing instead for a coalition with four smaller parties.
There are signs in Tunisia that the Qalb Tunis party will form a "Coalition of Opposites" with Ennahda after the former supported the latter's candidate for the Speaker of the Parliament, Rachid Ghannouchi.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has held private talks with his Rival, Rached Ghannouci, leader of the Ennahda party, after their fallout last summer. Meetings at the Carthage presidential palace and in Doha are said to be part of Qatar-mediated talks.
On Sunday 30th of September, the Kurdish autonomous region held an election. Voters chose from more than 700 candidates to win 111 seats in Kurdistan’s Parliament, a year after a failed independence referendum to separate from Iraq.
The two largest Iraqi Kurdish political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), are likely to agree eventually on a presidential candidate, but in the meantime several hats are in the ring.
Lebanon heads to general elections for the first time in nine years. This is the first elections to include the 82k expat voters, totaling the total registered voters at 3.6 million. This election also sees a new Electoral system in which voters will vote twice, once for coalitions and once for the candidate.