Middle East This Week: January 2, 2024

January 2, 2024

The Badshahi Mosque, one of the most iconic buildings in Lahore, Pakistan. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Bilalhassan88 (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Upcoming Middle East Elections

Pakistan Parliamentary Elections, plus some provincial elections: February 8, 2024

Munir Ahmed, AP (January 1, 2024): Pakistan human rights body says an upcoming election is unlikely to be free and fair

AFP (December 31, 2023): Pakistan’s jailed former PM Imran Khan barred from running in legislative elections

Reuters (December 28, 2023): Pakistan commission accepts ex-PM Sharif’s nomination for February poll

Umair Jamal, The Diplomat (December 27, 2023): Enthusiasm Marks Filing of Nominations for Elections in Pakistan: The number of people who have applied to contest the upcoming elections has increased by 33 percent over that in the 2018 election.

PTI (December 27, 2023): Pakistan prepares for crucial elections in 2024 as ties with India remain frozen

Iraq, Kurdistan Regional Parliamentary Elections: February 25, 2024 (further delay likely)

Rudaw (December 27, 2023): Kurdistan Region elections to be postponed: Electoral body official

Israel Local Elections: February 27, 2024 (delayed from October 2023 due to war)

Sam Sokol, Times of Israel (December 31, 2023): Municipal elections delayed again due to war, to be held February 27

Past Middle East Elections

Tunisia Local Elections: December 24, 2023

Basma El Atti, The New Arab (December 26, 2023): Tunisian opposition says Saied ‘lost legitimacy’ after meagre local election turnout

Iraq Regional Elections: December 18, 2023

AFP (December 28, 2023): Pro-Iran Parties Win Big in Iraq Provincial Vote

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