On October 22, the former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been tasked with forming a new Government. Thanks to 65 votes at the Lebanese Parliament PM Hariri obtained the majority and, speaking at the press, ensured the new Government would be formed by non-partisan experts in the framework of the French initiative.
- Al Sharq Forum: What New Political Pact is there for Lebanon?
- Carnegie MEC: The Tragedy of Doing Nothing
The UN Acting-Special Representative for Libya Stephanie Williams announced that on October 23 Libyans parts agreed on a permanent ceasefire during the 5+5 Joint Military Committee in Geneve. The Libyan parts also agreed for the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries within three months.
Muslim Boycott of French products
Several Arab companies and trade associations announced a boycott of French products after that French President Emmanuel Macron described Islam as a “religion in crisis” and defended the freedom of expression in his country.
- European University Institute: Security vs liberty: the terms of a flawed but persistent discourse
On October 24, parliamentary elections in Egypt have started. They will last several weeks, and the results will be announced in December. The Parliament is set to be dominated by pro-government candidates, that support President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
- Carnegie MEC: The Egyptian Economy: In the Clutches of the Deep State
- Carnegie MEC: Egypt’s Emerging Ruling Class
- Carnegie MEC: The Implications of Egypt’s Military Economy
In Yemen, tension rises after that the military spokesman of the Iran-backed movement Houthis announced the targeting of the Saudi Jizan and Abha airports and the Khamis Mushait base. The announcement comes after the Saudi-led coalition declared to have intercepted three drones from the Houthis directed to Saudi Arabia.
- ECFR: Talking to the Houthis: How Europeans can promote peace in Yemen
- International Crisis Group: The International Approach to the Yemen War: Time for a Change?
- International Crisi Group: Yemen Should be a Factor in U.S. Yemen Policy