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


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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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 A string of candidates have withdrawn from the election on concerns over intimidation and the arrest of Sisi’s leading challenger, leaving the former general the sole contender only a day before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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