Nigeria: 21 Candidates to Contest Presidential Election on 9th April 2011

21 candidates have been confirmed for the Presidential elections in Nigeria, set for 9th April 2011. The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, also announced that four parties would be represented in every constituency for the General Elections. These are: Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN); All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP); Congress … Read more Nigeria: 21 Candidates to Contest Presidential Election on 9th April 2011

Sweden Declassifies Diplomatic Reports on Fall of Soviet Union

Sweden has declassified a number of diplomatic materials relating to the end of Soviet rule in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. On Thursday 17 February, 2011 a seminar will be held to discuss the publication of the documents at the Utrikespolitiska Institutet, Drottning Kristinas väg 37, Stockholm at 17.00-18.30 followed by a reception hosted by the … Read more Sweden Declassifies Diplomatic Reports on Fall of Soviet Union

Uganda: Dame Billie Miller to Lead Election Observers

The former Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados, Dame Billie Miller, will lead a team of Commonwealth Election Observers in Uganda when the country goes to the polls on February 18th, 2011. The team will arrive in Uganda on 11th February 2011 and is expected to stay until 24th February 2011. The Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said: … Read more Uganda: Dame Billie Miller to Lead Election Observers

Nepal: Communist Party Chairman, Jhala Nath Khanal, Elected as PM

The Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) has been elected as Prime Minister following a protracted peace process which saw the disarmament of Maoist rebels and the dissolution of the Nepalese monarchy. The votes in the legislature were as follows: Jhala Nath Khanal 368 Ram Chandra Poudel (Nepali Congress) 122 Bijaya … Read more Nepal: Communist Party Chairman, Jhala Nath Khanal, Elected as PM

Ireland: Taoiseach Announces General Election and Retirement

The Irish Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, requested the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese to dissolve the Dáil ahead of a general election on the afternoon of Tuesday 1st February 2011. The request was granted and an order has been made for polling to be held on 25th February 2011. Mr Cowen also announced his retirement from politics … Read more Ireland: Taoiseach Announces General Election and Retirement

South Sudan: Preliminary Results Show Vote for Secession

Preliminary results from the referendum on the future of Southern Sudan show that the people have voted overwhelmingly in favour of secession from the rest of Sudan. The 9-15 January referendum on the self-determination of Southern Sudan was the culmination of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005 to end two decades of civil … Read more South Sudan: Preliminary Results Show Vote for Secession

Saudi Arabia Approves Prisoner Transfer Deal with India

On January 17th 2011 in a meeting with the Deputy Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Cabinet of Saudi Arabia approved a prisoner transfer deal with India. An extradition agreement and a transfer of sentenced persons agreement between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of India … Read more Saudi Arabia Approves Prisoner Transfer Deal with India

UK: Former MP David Chaytor Jailed For False Expenses Claims

A former UK Member of Parliament for Bury North, David Chaytor, has been handed out an 18 month jail sentence today for making false expenses claims between 2005 and 2007. Chaytor made claims for rent on properties owned by members of his family, as well as making fraudulent claims for IT consultancy. The former MP … Read more UK: Former MP David Chaytor Jailed For False Expenses Claims

Kuwait: Prime Minister Survives No Confidence Vote

The Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah, narrowly survived a no confidence vote – or motion of “non-cooperation” – this morning, as 25 of the 50 strong assembly voted for the Premier. Of the 50 potential voters, 25 sided with Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah, 22 voted against the PM, one minister abstained. … Read more Kuwait: Prime Minister Survives No Confidence Vote

Kyrgyzstan: Mountain to be Named for Vladimir Putin

Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, is to follow Boris Yeltsin, Lenin and even Santa Claus as he is to have a mountain in the nation of Kyrgyzstan named after him. The peak, which stands 4,446m (14,586ft) tall, in the Chuy province to the North of Kyrgyzstan, will be named after Mr Putin providing a draft … Read more Kyrgyzstan: Mountain to be Named for Vladimir Putin

Côte d’Ivoire: African Leaders Fail to Persuade Laurent Gbagbo to Step Down

A delegation of four African leaders, including Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and Presidents Ernest Bai Koroma (Sierra Leone), Pedro Pires (Cape Verde) and Alpha Conde (Guinnea) have failed to persuade incumbent president of Côte d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, to step down. Gbagbo has refused to relinquish power in the Ivory Coast, despite losing elections in … Read more Côte d’Ivoire: African Leaders Fail to Persuade Laurent Gbagbo to Step Down

USA: Jerry Brown to Replace Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governer of California

Jerry Brown will be sworn in today, Monday 3rd January 2011, as the new governer of the State of California, USA. Brown replaces outgoing governer, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Brown has already served two terms as governer of the state, between 1975 and 1983, but, owing to those terms occuring prior to the term limits, he was … Read more USA: Jerry Brown to Replace Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governer of California

START Treaty Ratified by US Senate

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty has been ratified by the US Senate, giving weight to this latest commitment to non-proliferation between the former Cold-War states. President Barack Obama spoke to Dmitry Medvedev, the President of Russia, over the telephone on 23rd December 2010 to exchange season’s greetings and satisfaction at the progress of the treaty. … Read more START Treaty Ratified by US Senate

Swedish to Observe Ugandan Election February 18th 2011

The Swedish Government will send five election observers to Uganda to monitor the presidential and parliamentary elections on 18th February 2011. Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson said: “For the second time, the Ugandan people now have several political parties and presidential candidates to chose between. The task of our election observers is … Read more Swedish to Observe Ugandan Election February 18th 2011

UN Backs Victory of Alassane Ouattara in Côte d’Ivoire

The UN has thrown its weight behind Alassane Ouattara in the scuffle for the Presidency of Côte d’Ivoire, . On 7th December, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Y. J. Choi briefed an extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the elections saying: “Considering the distance Côte d’Ivoire has travelled, ignoring … Read more UN Backs Victory of Alassane Ouattara in Côte d’Ivoire