Middle East

September 20, 2022

A weekly review of news and analysis of elections in the greater Middle East and North Africa, usually posted on Tuesdays and occasionally updated throughout the week.

Manama, Bahrain. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Ahmed Rabea (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Upcoming Middle East Elections

Kuwait Snap Parliamentary Elections: September 29, 2022

The New Arab (September 13, 2022): Six detained over ‘vote-buying’ suspicions in Kuwait ahead of parliamentary elections

Ismaeel Naar, The National UAE (September 8, 2022): Kuwait elections: 376 candidates seek votes for 50-seat parliament

Ahmed Hagagy, Reuters (September 7, 2022): Kuwait’s long-time parliament speaker bows out of Sept. elections

Lebanon Indirect Presidential Election: October 31, 2022 (due), following Parliamentary Elections: May 15, 2022

Edward Gabriel and Paul Salem, The Hill (September 7, 2022): In Lebanon, the next six months will shape the next six years

Israel Snap Parliamentary Elections: November 1, 2022

Joseph Krauss, AP (September 16, 2022): Arab bloc splits ahead of Israeli elections in November

Maayan Lubell, Reuters (September 15, 2022): Israel’s election campaign kicks off, polls predict further deadlock

Gerald M. Feierstein and Yoel Guzansky, Middle East Institute (September 14, 2022): Two years on, what is the state of the Abraham Accords?

Simcha Pasko, i24 News (September 11, 2022): Explainer: A timeline of Israel’s elections 2019-2022 (Part 1)

Bahrain Parliamentary Elections: November 12, 2022

Burak Dag, Anadolu Agency (September 9, 2022): Bahrain to hold parliamentary elections on Nov. 12: Bahrainis will choose the 40 members of its Council of Representatives

Tunisia Early Legislative Elections: December 17, 2022

Al Jazeera (September 19, 2022): Tunisian authorities summon Ennahdha leaders for questioning

Bouazza Ben Bouazza, AP (September 16, 2022): Tunisian president trims parties’ powers ahead of elections

Reuters (September 15, 2022): Tunisian president issues new electoral law ahead of parliament elections in December -official gazette

Stratfor (September 14, 2022): Tunisia: Increased Migrant Landings in Italy Reflect Worsening Economic Conditions

AFP (September 7, 2022): Tunisia opposition to boycott polls, slams electoral law written ‘by president alone’

Turkey Presidential and Legislative Elections: By June 18, 2023

Burak Ünveren, DW (September 14, 2022): Turkey’s opposition desperately seeks an electable leader

Daren Butler and Birsen Altayli, Reuters (September 8, 2022): Turkey’s kingmaker party keeps options open ahead of Erdogan’s election test

Pakistan General Elections: By October 12, 2023

Asif Shahzad, Reuters (September 8, 2022): Pakistan court to indict ex-PM Khan for contempt of court – lawyer

Islamuddin Sajid, Anadolu Agency (September 8, 2022): Pakistan postpones by-elections due to devastating floods

AP (September 7, 2022): Rallies Show Pakistan’s Ex-PM Khan Remains Political Force

Iraq Snap Parliamentary Elections: TBD, following chaos in the wake of October 2021 elections

Alannah Travers, Al Jazeera (September 20, 2022): Young Iraqi activists despair as political crisis continues

Dana Taib Meny, The New Arab (September 16, 2022): Iraqi politicians to seek Shia cleric Sadr’s consent to form a government

Haley Bobseine, Middle East Institute (September 15, 2022): Iraq: A crisis of elite, consensus-based politics turns deadly

Sinan Mahmoud, The National UAE (September 13, 2022): Iraq’s political rivals line up meeting to end impasse over forming new government

International Crisis Group (September 9, 2022): Iraq’s Political Crisis, Moqtada al-Sadr and a Divided Shia House

Mina Aldroubi, The National UAE (September 7, 2022): Iraq’s political deadlock may not be solved by early elections, experts warn

AP (September 7, 2022): Iraq top court says it can’t dissolve parliament amid crisis

Libya Presidential and Parliamentary Elections: Overdue

Edith M. Lederer, AP (September 14, 2022): UN chief: Libya’s rivals must keep peace and hold elections

Middle East Elections Coming Up in 2022 and 2023

Kuwait Snap Parliamentary Elections: September 29, 2022

Libya Presidential and Parliamentary Elections: Overdue

Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Parliamentary Elections: October 1, 2022 (delays possible)

Lebanon Indirect Presidential Election (by parliament): October 31, 2022

Israel Snap Parliamentary Elections: November 1, 2022

Bahrain Parliamentary Elections: November12,  2022

Tunisia Early Legislative Elections: December 17, 2022

Turkey Presidential and Legislative Elections: By June 18, 2023

Pakistan General Elections: By October 12, 2023

Israel Local Elections: October 2023

Oman Consultative Assembly Elections: October 2023

United Arab Emirates Federal National Council Elections: October 2023 (indirect elections, advisory body with limited powers)

Egypt Local Elections: Due and discussed, but not scheduled

Oman Local Elections: Due, but postponed due to COVID-19

Palestinian Authority Presidential and Legislative Elections: Long overdue, postponed yet again, no date set

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