Sweden's Moderate Party leader, Ulf Kristersson, has been handed a mandate to try and form the country's next government after a recent general election gave the right-wing bloc a majority, the speaker of parliament said on Monday.
Iraq’s political spectrum has been the scene of unprecedented developments over the past weeks with supporters of prominent Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr taking over Parliament and demanding the legislative chamber be dissolved. Sadr has called for early elections and changes to the Constitution after withdrawing his lawmakers from Parliament in June. He says if the country’s judiciary rejects the demands, “the revolutionaries will take another stance".
Libya's parliament approved a new government on Tuesday but the incumbent prime minister rejected the vote and vowed not to cede power, raising the risk of fighting among armed factions or territorial partition between rival administrations.
The Taliban called on the United States and other countries to recognize their government in Afghanistan, saying that a failure to do so and the continued freezing of Afghan funds abroad would lead to problems not only for the country but for the world.
Lebanon’s new Prime Minister Najib Mikati pledged Friday to do everything in his power to halt the country’s dramatic economic collapse, urging politicians to work together after a new government was announced — the first in over a year.
Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf blamed the crisis in Afghanistan on the former “puppet government” of Kabul, saying the Afghan politicians made the strategic mistake of relying on the US for development and security.
Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will lead a new Afghan government set to be announced soon, sources in the group said on Friday, as its fighters battled forces loyal to the vanquished republic in the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul.