Category: opposition

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Vote beneath device in Venezuela election amid opposition boycott

Venezuelans voted in an election widely expected to return incumbent President Nicolas Maduro to office amid an opposition boycott. Maduro, the widely unpopular political heir to the late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez, has promised an “economic revolution” if re-elected on Sunday, having presided over an implosion of Venezuela’s once oil-rich economy since taking office in 2013.…

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Armenian PM Sargsyan walks out of meeting with opposition

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan walked out of a televised meeting with the leader of a burgeoning opposition movement on Sunday, after days of rallies calling for his resignation. The protest movement, which has put thousands of people in the streets, is headed by opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan who has built and maintained a network…

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The most productive thing keeping Maduro in energy is the opposition

Can anyone win in an illegitimate election? This is the big question in Venezuela today, as commentators and citizens alike debate whether to participate or abstain in upcoming elections, where one candidate, Henri Falcon, has defied the opposition coalition’s decision not to take part.  In short, the answer is “yes”. Paradoxically, the very lack of…

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What is left of the Syrian opposition?

On January 29, Russia will host what it calls the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi. It claims that this meeting will emphasise the “necessity of a speedy political settlement of the Syrian crisis based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254.” While Russia’s current air offensive on the Idlib province is in direct contradiction to…

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Is Sisi anxious about political opposition?

On January 23, Sami Anan, former Chief of Staff of the Egyptian armed forces, who had announced his intention to run in Egypt’s upcoming presidential elections, was detained. His arrest was the latest in a string of detentions of political figures designed to clear the way for incumbent President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to run unopposed…

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Anti-government protests in Lahore unify opposition

Islamabad, Pakistan – In a rare show of unity, major opposition groups in Pakistan have brought thousands of people into the streets of Lahore in a massive rally to increase pressure on the country’s government. Wednesday’s demonstration in the eastern city, considered the political heartland of the ruling PML-N party, was called by Tahir-ul-Qadri, a religious scholar and…