IDU Update

  11 August 2015

IDU Executive: Marrakech (Morocco) 25 – 27 October 2015 – Registrations Open!

IDU Executive in Marrakech 25 – 27 Oct: Registrations Open!

The next meeting of the IDU Executive Committee and the IDU Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs will take place in Marrakech (Morocco) from 25 to 27 October. The meeting will be hosted by Morocco’s IDU member Istiqlal. Register now!

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Canada – Harper aims for historic fourth term in October elections

Canada – Harper aims for historic fourth term in October elections

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called a parliamentary election for Monday 19 October. If PM Harper can win a fourth consecutive election victory, he will be the first Canadian leader to do so in 107 years.

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Sri Lanka – Opinion poll puts IDU Member ahead in Parliamentary Elections

Sri Lanka – Opinion poll puts IDU Member ahead in Parliamentary Elections

Sri Lanka will hold parliamentary elections on 17 August. A recent opinion poll puts PM Wickremesinghe, leader of IDU’s Sri Lanka member the United National Party (UNP) firmly ahead of Rajapaksa’s United People’s Freedom Alliance. The poll indicates that nearly 40% of Sri Lankans prefer the UNP leader to continue as Prime Minister versus 27.5% who favour Mr. Rajapaksa.

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Maldives – Government yet to release MDP political prisoners as agreed

Maldives – Government yet to release MDP political prisoners as agreed

IDU member the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has been undertaking negotiations with the Yameen government in an effort to restore democracy and the rule of law. MDP has demanded the release of political prisoners, including former President Mohamed Nasheed, and the elimination of the criminal charges against 1,700 party activists. Whilst the MDP has delivered on its side of the agreement, promises made by the government are yet to be fulfilled.

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Tanzania – CHADEMA backs former Prime Minister for President

Tanzania – CHADEMA backs former Prime Minister for President

IDU’s Associate Member in Tanzania, CHADEMA, has endorsed former Prime Minister Mr. Edward N Lowassa as its Presidential Candidate in the 2015 Tanzania General election scheduled for October 25 2015.

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IYDU – Rio Council Elects New Board, Welcomes Seven New Members

IYDU – Rio Council Elects New Board, Welcomes Seven New Members

IDU’s youth organization, the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU), elected a new Executive during a successful Council Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, August 3rd – 6th. The well-attended event also welcomed seven new members from Ecuador, Honduras, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Peru, Saint Vincent and Grenada.

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With best wishes,

Eirik Moen

IDU Secretary General

 

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