Iran president’s press adviser returns to prison

Updated 24 December 2012
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Iran president’s press adviser returns to prison

TEHRAN: Iran’s official news agency says the president’s press adviser has returned to prison after being on a four-day medical leave granted by judicial authorities.
Yesterday’ report by IRNA says Ali Akbar Javanfekr went back to Tehran’s Evin Prison to continue serving his six-month sentence for “publishing material contrary to Islamic norms” and insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The charges are believed linked to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s political battles with Khamenei.
Ahmadinejad visited Javanfker in hospital on Sunday in a gesture of support for the adviser.
The adviser was in stable condition.
An Iranian court convicted Javanfekr in 2011 and banned him from journalism activities for three years.


Lebanese expats in the Middle East cast early ballots for parliamentary elections

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Lebanese expats in the Middle East cast early ballots for parliamentary elections

BEIRUT: Lebanese expats are casting ballots in six Arab countries in the region, ahead of parliamentary elections due in Lebanon on May 6.
The voting abroad marks the first time that expats are allowed to participate in parliamentary elections.
The voting on Friday is being held in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Egypt.
It will be followed by voting Sunday for Lebanese residing in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Africa.
Lebanon’s state-run news agency says the number of registered voters is 82,970.
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil tweeted that he was “very proud” to witness the first expat voting in the history of the Lebanese republic.
Lebanon is to hold its first parliamentary elections in nine years next month after parliament postponed elections several times over security reasons.