The opposition, against the government and so against the previous parliament, which was deemed merely an extension of the government, is far from united. The elected opposition candidates, who won 24 of the 50 seats in the election, range from liberals to Islamists, including Salafists and members of a group linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
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The Islamic State sustains itself by using diverse and sophisticated financing strategies. IS was able to develop a qualitative economic system that relies on diverse sources of income and significantly minimize its reliance on foreign donations that even the mother organization of Al-Qa’ida used to rely on.
Whatever the results of the election, with political tensions on the rise, it is likely that the new parliament will be an unstable one, potentially leading to yet another dissolution and election. This may be the only way for the opposition to oust the old guard, which it deems corrupt. If it succeeds, accusations of electoral fraud will almost certainly follow.
On 20 September 2016, the Jordanian voted to elect their representatives in the 18th parliament, but the results revealed some surprises. Several heavyweights who had been fixtures on Jordan’s political scene for decades were unable to keep their seats. The vote also brought back the Islamic Action Front (IAF), which gained ten seats in the 130-seat House and helped five of their allies, including non-Islamists, to make it into the lower chamber.
Egypt is working hard to clamp down on the black market, in an attempt to contain its dollar crisis. Since the revolution in 2011 and subsequent political unrest foreign currency reserves of the Central Bank of Egypt have dwindled, from $35bn to $15.5bn this August. In August 2016 Egypt’s budget deficit stands at 12% of GDP, its trade deficit at 7% and the official unemployment rate is 13%.
A court in Bahrain dissolved the main Shia opposition party al-Wefaq in July 2016. The problem is a straightforward one: the opposition wants more democracy and all that comes with it, such as a constitutional monarchy, transparency, inclusiveness, equality and justice. The government, which is essentially an extension of the royal family, does not.
Peace talks have been underway since 21 April 2016. The Houthi/Saleh alliance and the Hadi government are the only official negotiating parties, with the UN as broker. Assuming they know what they want to get out of these negotiations (which is not at all certain), they cannot simply proceed; there are numerous players outside the palace, buzzing in their ears.
Nada Faris made the conscious decision to write in English to reach a global audience, and to avoid risking the nuances of her work getting lost in translation. Her writings shifted her perspective on writing and empowered the audience with knowledge that would make them think, question and discuss.