Elyes Fakhfakh, a former employee of the French energy company Total, was recently chosen by the Tunisian President to form the new government. Fakhfakh has a month to form a coalition capable of winning a confidence vote in parliament
In response to Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, the Egyptian parliament hosted Syrian Ambassador to Egypt Bassam Darwish in a move to show its official support for Syria against Turkey, and as a prelude to better diplomatic relations.
Tunisian actor-turned-director Abdelhamid Bouchnak debuted his horror film, "Dachra," in Tunisian theatres earlier this year. Not only is “Dachra” a thrilling story, it also has deeper social undertones.
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.
During the Iraqi Parliament's session, Muhammad al-Halbusi was elected as the Speaker of Parliament with the support of the Construction bloc. The Speaker of Parliament's two deputies were also elected in the session. Halbusi is currently the youngest Speaker of Parliament to ever be elected in Iraq.
Some members in the Iraqi Council of Representative are seeking to pass legislation which extends their term in parliament until the recount process is over. The extension proposal has caused a lot of debate amongst politicians and parliamentarians.
The National Institute of Statistics, a government agency in Tunisia has revealed that the country's export to import rose to 72%. According to the Institute the deficit in trade amounted to at least $2.6 billion.
On Monday, May 28th the Iraqi Council of Representatives held a session to discuss the May election results. The non-binding resolution that resulted, called for the rejection of Iraqi expat voters and IDPs and a manual recount in Kirkuk.
After holding its first Parliamentary Election in 9 years, earlier this month, Lebanon is choosing its officials. Nabih Berri, the widely expected nominee, has held the post of Lebanese Speaker of Parliament since 1992.
After four eventful years, Iraq’s parliament will end its term on April 30. The main hallmarks: absentee MPs, a lot more press conferences and lack of progress on any laws that could benefit ordinary Iraqis.