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Institutional flaws have held the President back

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The West can’t direct the Arab Spring, but we can support it

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French opposition party agrees uneasy truce following internal battle over 'fraudulent' leadership election

An uneasy peace has broken out in the month-old conflict which threatened to tear apart the main French opposition party.

Islamists claim victory on constitution, amid allegations of abuses

Egyptians voted in favour of a constitution shaped by Islamists, but opposed by secularists and others, officials in rival camps said after the first round of a two-stage referendum. The document threatens to divide the Arab world's biggest nation.

Some ministers believe the Cabinet Secretary, and Sir Bob Kerslake, are under attack

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Former mandarins said to be behind attack on reforms to selection of Permanent Secretaries

Bangladesh hit by bomb blasts as opposition parties enforce general strike

Homemade bombs exploded in Bangladesh's capital today and police fired tear gas at demonstrators as opposition parties enforced a general strike, demanding that the government restore an election-time caretaker administration.

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By publishing data on government activity, and promoting interaction with and between citizens, digital technology is changing statecraft for the better

Egypt's military calls for dialogue to resolve political dispute

Egypt's military has warned of 'disastrous consequences' if the political crisis gripping the country is not resolved through dialogue.

Ghana votes to a background of election goodwill

This country's leadership has been exemplary when it comes to democractic handovers

Hillary Clinton uses Northern Ireland visit to call for end to violence as bomb is discovered in Londonderry

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton urged an end to the new outbreak of violence in Northern Ireland today.

Egyptian President's supporters clash with rioters in Cairo

Clashes pitted Egyptian against Egyptian and were the most serious since Morsi's election

Congolese soldiers, pictured, are engaged in fierce fighting with the M23 militia, supported by Rwanda, according to the UN
Egyptian police fired tear gas against protesters in Tahrir Square yesterday

Egypt appeal judges strike over Morsi power grab

Egypt's two highest appeals courts suspended their work yesterday in protest over the presidential decrees that have given the country's Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi nearly absolute powers, state television reported.

Mohamed Morsi addresses crowds in Cairo on Friday

Egyptian courts speak against president's assumption of power

Egypt's association of judges called Saturday for the judicial system to come to a halt to fight an assertion of near-absolute power by the nation's first democratically elected president, setting the stage for a confrontation between the courts and a man who has said his will is not subject to appeal.

Clicking our way to democracy

The man who launched the government's e-petitions says our politics is based on granular issues but our political system is based on candidates

The former French Prime Minister François Fillon, left, stood against the UMP’s secretary general Jean-François Copé for leadership of the party

Rivals both claim victory in battle to succeed Sarkozy

The vote to succeed Nicolas Sarkozy as the leader of the French right ended in acrimonious confusion last night with each candidate crying victory and accusing his opponent of fraud.

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