29 January 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on Middle East and North Africa Democracy


Egyptian opposition leaders call for presidential election boycott
by africanews, 29 Jan 2018

Several leading opposition figures called on Sunday for a boycott of Egypt’s March election, citing a wave of repression that has cleared the field of challengers to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. A string of candidates have withdrawn from the election on concerns over intimidation and the arrest of Sisi’s leading challenger, leaving the former general the sole contender only a day before the January 29 nomination deadline.

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UAE-backed separatists launch 'coup' in southern Yemen
by Al Jazeera, 29 Jan 2018

Yemen's prime minister has accused southern separatist forces backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of staging a "coup" after they seized several government offices during deadly clashes in the port city of Aden. 

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UN mediator to head commission to draft new Syria constitution
by MEMO, 29 Jan 2018

United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura will head a new constitutional commission that will be set up at a peace conference in Russia this week, the Interfax news agency reported today, citing official documents.

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Netanyahu flies to Moscow for talks on Syria with Putin
by Reuters, 29 Jan 2018

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow on Monday to discuss Israeli concerns about any expansion of Iran’s military foothold in Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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