Posts Tagged ‘coalition’

Yemen: Aden Succumbs to COVID-19 as Saudi Coalition Infighting Distracts From Relief Efforts

ADEN, YEMEN — Southern Yemen’s port city of Aden is quickly becoming the new epicenter of the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. The streets of the city are awash in garbage and many have become mosquitoes-filled swamps, the result of historic floods that ravaged the city earlier this year. City officials have done little to address what […]

‘Norwegian Law’ pulled from Knesset agenda over coalition row

A bill that would allow ministers to resign their Knesset positions and enable a different member of their party slate to enter parliament was taken off the legislative agenda on Wednesday, amid disagreements over the parliament’s committees and coalition fears the legislation could backfire to empower the opposition. Issues within the coalition regarding amendments to […]

PM announces 19 ministers from his bloc, despite coalition deal handing it 18

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday confirmed a list of 19 ministers who would serve in Israel’s 35th government, despite a deal with Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party according to which the Likud-led bloc would receive 18 portfolios. According to Channel 12 news, Gantz agreed that Tzachi Hanegbi would serve as a minister without […]

High Court pans coalition deal, but signals no ruling until relevant laws passed

The High Court of Justice indicated Monday that it could strike down some clauses of the unity deal signed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White, including those that expand the so-called “Norwegian Law” and set a six-month period during which almost no legislation that isn’t coronavirus-related could be […]

US-led coalition ‘restricts’ its ‘last remaining’ metrics on Taliban attacks in Afghanistan – watchdog

The change in the way NATO forces report developments on the ground was revealed in a new quarterly report by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John Sopko. The NATO Resolute Support (RS) mission has “restricted from public release data on the number of enemy-initiated attacks (EIA)” this quarter, for the first […]

Hate as a Common Ground: Why Israel’s Coalition Government Is Likely to Survive

Shortly after an agreement to form a “national emergency government” in Israel, leader of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) party, Benny Gantz, tweeted triumphantly that ‘democracy’ in Israel has been ‘safeguarded’.  But how is a deal that would grant Israel’s right-wing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, a veto power over the very judicial system which […]

Blue and White, Labor plan merger as Gantz and Netanyahu hold coalition talks

Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz met with Labor chief Amir Peretz on Monday to discuss a possible merger of their parties as they are set to join the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following the dissolution of Labor’s alliance with the left-wing Meretz. The talks came as Gantz also met Monday with Netanyahu […]

Republican Jewish Coalition in rare move targets a GOP congressman in primary

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Gantz, Peretz press ahead with center-left coalition bid despite setbacks

Despite the setback in recent days of three MKs from the center and left announcing they opposed a minority government dependent on the Arab-majority Joint List, the heads of Blue and White and Labor insisted they were still on track to form a government and oust long-serving premier Benjamin Netanyahu. Blue and White party leader […]

US-led coalition military base ‘impacted’ after multiple rockets fired at Baghdad’s Green Zone

The US-led coalition says its base in Baghdad was “impacted” by “small rockets” around 3:24am local time. An investigation into the incident is underway, it added. The attack did not result in any casualties, Col. Myles Caggins, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Resolve (CJTF-OIR), stated on Twitter, without providing any details. The explosions allegedly rocked Union III […]

‘Taboo gone’: Ruling coalition in Germany shaken by fresh crisis after Merkel’s CDU breaks ranks on not cooperating with AfD

The political mayhem stems from the election in eastern Germany’s Thuringia region last October, when the Alternative for Germany party (AfD) more than doubled its support and came in second after the ruling Left Party. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), on the other hand, was left red-faced, losing 13 seats in regional parliament […]

"Best of both worlds": Austria’s Conservative party led by Kurz promises "pioneering role" in coalition with Greens

   Austria’s conservative leader Sebastian Kurz is set to become chancellor again after his People’s Party (ÖVP) entered into an unlikely coalition with the Greens. The 33-year-old leader commended an “excellent” agreement at a press conference with Greens party chief Werner Kogler, but said that talks had not been easy because the “two parties are […]

The Valley of Death: the Saudi Coalition is Creating a Living Nightmare for African Migrants in Yemen

YEMEN-SAUDI BORDER — Hoping for a better life, 32-year-old Hermala left Jimma, a poor farming district in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, and set out towards Saudi Arabia. He faced unspeakable dangers along the journey, including death at sea, torture, and abuse in chasing what would ultimately remain an unfulfilled dream. Over the course of the nearly […]

In WWII-Era Fashion, the Saudi-led Coalition is Weaponizing Disease in Yemen

TAIZ, YEMEN — Beyond the devastation it has caused on the back of tens of thousands of airstrikes, a crippling blockade and the intentional targeting of civilian infrastructure, the Saudi-led coalition supported by the United States has sparked an outbreak of disease and epidemics in Yemen in a manner not seen since World War II. […]

‘A time of unprecedented darkness’: Rivlin passes coalition-building buck to MKs

President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday handed Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein formal notice that Benny Gantz’s mandate to form a government had ended, after the Blue and White party leader conceded failure in the task a day earlier. For the first time in Israel’s history, the mandate to form a governing coalition is now in the […]

Yemen’s Houthis claim they shot down warplane of Saudi-led coalition

   Earlier this week, the militia temporarily released three South Korean vessels and their 16 crew members, including two South Korean nationals, following reports that they had seized a ship carrying a drilling rig from Saudi Arabia to Somalia through the Red Sea. Yemen’s Houthi militia have reported shooting down a Saudi-led coalition F-15 fighter […]

Benny Gantz Admits He Has Failed to Form an ’Israeli’ Coalition Hours before Deadline

By Staff Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz admitted Wednesday he was unable to establish an ‘Israeli’ governing coalition, hours before his midnight deadline for negotiations. Returning the mandate to form a coalition to so-called president of the Zionist entity Reuven Rivlin, Gantz has effectively plunged the ‘Israeli’ regime’s political sphere into even greater uncertainty, raising […]

Rivlin meets party leaders as coalition chances fade

President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday held meetings with members of various political parties ahead of the midnight deadline facing Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz to form a coalition, who seems all but doomed to fail. After meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Democratic Camp head Nitzan Horowitz on Tuesday night, the president met […]

‘Burn it all down’ — Netanyahu attacks rival’s possible coalition with Palestinians

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attacked publicly the possibility of a minority government of his rival Blue-White that would be dependent on the Joint List of Palestinians parties, crying (Hebrew) that the Blue White leadership “has lost its mind, stop this madness.” Netanyahu said this in a video on his Facebook page. There is to be […]

Blue and White, Yisrael Beytenu report ‘real progress’ in coalition talks

Negotiators from Benny Gantz’s Blue and White and Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu parties on Sunday reported “real progress” in coalition talks, specifically on religion and state issues, three days before the deadline to form a government. In a joint statement, Blue and White and Yisrael Beytenu said “real progress has been made in drafting the […]

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