25 Jun 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on Middle East and North Africa Democracy


Turkey elections: Recep Tayyip Erdogan re-elected president
by CNN, 25 Jun 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emerged victorious a high-stakes election, seeing off the most serious challenge yet to his political dominance and tightening his grip on the nation he has ruled for 15 years.
Defeating the twin threats of a reinvigorated opposition and a weakened currency, Erdogan declared himself the winner even before official results were confirmed.

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Iraq's Supreme Court endorses manual recount of votes
by Al Jazeera, 25 Jun 2018

Iraq's Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a manual recount of May 12 parliamentary elections that resulted in a shock victory for Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr.
 The court found on Thursday that the decision by parliament to order a manual recount in response to allegations of electoral fraud does not violate the constitution, court President Medhat al-Mahmud told a news conference on Thursday.

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UN chief Antonio Guterres: Gaza 'on brink of war'
by Al Jazeera, 25 Jun 2018

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the "most serious escalation" of violence in the Gaza Strip places the besieged enclave on the "brink of war", urging Israel and Hamas to recommit to a 2014 ceasefire.
 The UN chief said in a report obtained by news agencies that he is "shocked" by Israel's use of live fire since border protests began in Gaza on March 30.

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'I feel free like a bird': Saudi women celebrate as driving ban lifted
By The Guardian, 24 Jun 2018

Police officers gave them flowers, fathers gave their blessing and locals marked the moment with humour as Saudi women took to the streets in their cars after the ban on driving was lifted. As the clock ticked past midnight on Saturday, a group of women who had been granted licences started their engines, some with fathers or brothers alongside, and others in new cars bought for the occasion. Several women shouted with delight. Others cried, and many more took videos of their first forays at the wheel.

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You're on your own, US tells Syrian rebels, as Assad goes on offensive
by The Guardian, 24 Jun 2018

The US has warned Syrian rebels in the south-west of the country they should not expect military support to help them resist a major government offensive.
The message from Washington comes as Russian jets struck an opposition-held town on Sunday in the first air cover provided by Moscow to an expanding Syrian army offensive in the strategic area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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