August 12, 2009
Tick, tick, tick. That's the sound of the de facto government of Honduras running out the clock on the term of Manuel Zelaya, the president ousted in a civilian-military coup on June 28. Sadly, it also might be the sound of a time bomb inadvertently activated by the country's constitutional crisis and deepening political divisions. In the six weeks since the coup, the Organization of American States, the Obama administration and a mediator -- Costa Rican President Oscar Arias -- have been unable to bring the leaders of the coup to their senses.
December 4, 2001 |
After a full week of U.N.-mediated talks, Afghan leaders delved Monday into the tough work of seating an interim government, mulling over specific candidates to lead their country for the next few months. The belated submission of names for the top posts marked an advance into the final and most difficult stage of the conference, designed to lay out a return to peace and representative government in Afghanistan after almost 23 years of war.
November 24, 2001 |
A conference of Afghanistan's fractious religious, ethnic and political groups that had been scheduled to begin Monday near Bonn has been delayed a day "on technical grounds" because some participants can't make their way out of the strife-torn region in time, the German Foreign Ministry announced Friday. The delay--likely the first of many stalls, pauses and impasses, if recent history is any indication--will also allow U.N.
June 2, 2004 |
With car bomb and rocket attacks sounding in the background, an interim Iraqi government representing a delicate mix of the country's main ethnic and religious groups was appointed Tuesday after weeks of wrangling over who would lead the country when the U.S. transfers sovereignty this month. The new body, including a prime minister, president, two vice presidents and 32 Cabinet ministers, replaced the U.S.-appointed Governing Council, which formally dissolved itself Tuesday morning.
April 6, 2014 |
Nine months after Egypt's armed forces overthrew the country's democratically elected president, the leader of that coup has announced that he will seek the presidency in elections next month. But even if army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi receives an overwhelming mandate from voters, he won't be able to restore prosperity and stability to the country if the government continues to repress and imprison political opponents. The United States should use its limited but real influence with Egypt to press Sisi to abandon his siege mentality and open a dialogue with opposition groups.
April 13, 1990 |
King Birendra today agreed to let an opposition alliance form an interim government, a top opposition leader said, ending five days of uncertainty after the legalization of political parties. Ganesh Man Singh, leader of the centrist Nepali Congress Party, said the new interim government will be formed by the end of next week. He said the king made the decision during a 65-minute meeting at the royal palace in Katmandu.
May 31, 1994 |
Rebels cut off the last avenue of retreat Monday for government troops caught in the capital, Kigali, and overran a vital army barracks near Gitarama, the interim government's stronghold. The interim government retreated to Gitarama, about 25 miles southwest of Kigali, ahead of a rebel advance into the capital last month. The government's barracks at Nyanza, about 19 miles south of Gitarama, have fallen to the rebels, a visit there Monday showed.
February 11, 2002 |
Iran has closed the offices of a former Afghan warlord who opposes Afghanistan's interim government and the strong new U.S. role in that country, one of his aides said Sunday. The closing of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's offices in the Iranian capital, Tehran, and the eastern city of Mashhad appears to be a conciliatory gesture toward the United States. U.S. officials have accused Iran of trying to destabilize the new Afghan government.
May 12, 1992
Agreement on the first step toward a new constitution--an interim government--is expected to emerge this weekend from the second major session of the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA), the negotiating forum that is plotting the country's future. The meeting follows five months of difficult, closed-door talks among the government, the African National Congress and 19 other political organizations in the country.