Iranian opposition groups protest in Brussels

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People wave Iranian national flags and hold signs as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting against the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (AFP)
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People hold a banner as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (AFP)
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People wave Iranian national flags and hold signs as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting against the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (AFP)
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People wave Iranian national flags and hold signs as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting against the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
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People wave Iranian national flags and hold signs as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting against the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
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People wave Iranian national flags and hold signs as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting against the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
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People wave Iranian national flags and hold signs as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting against the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
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People wave Iranian national flags and hold signs as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting against the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
Updated 15 June 2019

Iranian opposition groups protest in Brussels

LONDON: Iranian opposition groups protested outside the Council of the European Union in Brussels on Saturday against the regime in Tehran.
The protests mark the upcoming anniversary of protests in 1981, when the People’s Mujahedin of Iran demonstrated against the impeachment of the then president Abolhassan Banisadr.
Several European politicians, including the former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi and the former Vice President of the European Parliament Alejo Vidal-Quadras, gave speeches at the protest in support of the Iranian opposition.
The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran Maryam Rajavi called on the “EU to designate the mullahs’ Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and their Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) as terrorist entities.”
She also said that the Iranian “regime’s mercenaries must be tried, punished and expelled.”
Rajavi also saluted “supporters of the Iranian people’s Resistance, and the Human Rights advocates who have come from various European and Arab countries.”


Israeli lawmakers submit bill to dissolve parliament

Updated 11 December 2019

Israeli lawmakers submit bill to dissolve parliament

  • Israel has been mired in political deadlock for months
  • Lawmakers from the rival sides together tabled the bill

JERUSALEM: Israeli legislators submitted a bill Tuesday that would dissolve parliament and trigger unprecedented third national elections in less than a year.
Israel has been mired in political deadlock for months.
With the two largest parties, Likud and Blue and White, unable to form a power-sharing agreement ahead of a Wednesday deadline, lawmakers from the rival sides together tabled the bill.
It is expected to go to a vote in parliament on Wednesday, setting the date for the next election on March 2.
“Under the exceptional circumstances that have emerged, and after two adjacent election campaigns in which no government was formed, the dissolution of the 22nd Knesset is being proposed,” the bill reads.
Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his main rival Benny Gantz have been able to form a coalition government after two inconclusive elections. Polls have predicted the third vote is unlikely to produce dramatically different results.
The legislation is something of a formality. The allotted period for forming a government following September’s election expires at midnight on Wednesday. Without a coalition deal, elections would have been automatically triggered later in March.
Each of this year’s elections, and their subsequent coalition jockeying, have largely been a referendum on Netanyahu, who was recently indicted for bribery, breach of trust and fraud in three corruption affairs.
Blue and White’s Gantz has refused to sit in a Netanyahu-led coalition, citing the long-serving leader’s legal troubles. Netanyahu has refused to step down, still overwhelmingly backed by his Likud party and his adoring base.