October 8, 2009 |
Reporting from Mexico City and Tegucigalpa, Honduras -- Representatives of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and the de facto leaders who deposed him in a coup last June came together Wednesday in an effort to end the political crisis that has divided and isolated this impoverished nation. With foreign ministers and diplomats on hand to nudge the deeply polarized parties, a tense round of negotiations got underway aimed at rescuing Honduras from what one participant called "darkness, infinite chaos, fear and uncertainty."
May 14, 2012 |
ATHENS - As Greece lurches along without a government, its deepening political crisis is fast turning into a war of wills in which Europe's economy potentially hangs in the balance. On one side are the Greek politicians who accuse other Europeans of trying to "terrorize" their country into accepting more draconian austerity cuts and who warn that if Greece gets kicked out of the euro, "Europe will be doomed. " On the other are officials in Brussels, Berlin and other capitals, who say that expelling Greece from the Eurozone would be regrettable but "can be managed" if Athens reneges on the tough terms to which it has agreed in exchange for two international bailouts.
September 26, 1988
Iceland plunged back into political crisis when politicians reported failure of an agreement made two days ago to form a center-left government to replace a collapsed center-right administration. Foreign Minister Steingrimur Hermannsson told reporters he has dropped his attempt to form a government. However, he said he is prepared to try to form a minority regime grouping his Progressive Party and the Social Democrats.
August 10, 1993
Tension is rising in Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa's most populous nation, where President Ibrahim Babangida triggered a political crisis by annulling the results of a June election to name his successor. An alliance of civil libertarians, women's and student groups called Campaign for Democracy has called for mass protests starting Thursday to force restoration of elected government. The call has spurred a government crackdown on the democracy activists. Babangida has set an Aug.
September 11, 2009 |
Lebanon's U.S.-backed prime minister-designate abruptly quit today, plunging the nation deeper into a political crisis over failed efforts to form a government. Saad Hariri, whose March 14 coalition of political parties trounced a Hezbollah-backed alliance in June 7 elections, announced that he was stepping down from his post after failing to form a Cabinet. He blamed the Syrian- and Iranian-backed opposition for making unreasonable demands. "After a final round of negotiations, it became clear to me that some, with their impossible demands, are in no way going to allow the proposed Cabinet lineup to pass," Hariri, leader of Lebanon's Sunni Muslim community, sadi in a televised statement after meeting with President Michel Suleiman.
February 10, 2011 |
The White House said on Monday that there has been some progress in discussions to resolve Egypt's political crisis, but insisted concrete actions were needed. As protests in Cairo prepared to enter the third week, President Obama told reporters there has been progress among those negotiating what lies ahead for Egypt. "Obviously Egypt has to negotiate a path and they're making progress," said Obama after completing a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Briefing reporters later, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the United States "policy toward Egypt is we watch and we are strongly encouraging the process of meaningful change ?