Archive for the ‘PM’ Category

Obama Election Sparks Discussion of Race, Leaders Other Lands

November 12, 2008
A Tehran news weekly was shut down by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week after featuring President-elect Barack Obama on its front cover and asking the question, “Why doesn’t Iran have an Obama?”
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The news magazine Shahrvand-e Emrouz [Today’s Citizen] went too far for the hardline president, who quickly had Iran’s Press Supervisory Board ban the publication, the Times of London reported.

The closure of the propular reformist weekly suggests that Ahmadinejad is determined to silence his critics as he prepares for elections next June that could hand him a second-four year term.

The Iranian media has blamed numerous problems in recent weeks on Ahmadinejad. His expansionary budget is blamed for rampant inflation, oil prices have plummeted, aides have admitted that he suffers from strain and exhaustion, and an embarrassing forgery scandal claimed the scalp of his interior minister last week, the Times reported.

This week, however, Ahmadinejad collected support from some newspapers for his message of congratulations to Obama, which several newspaper commentaries on Tuesday presented an important opportunity.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends an official ...

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi
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 Could Britain Have a Black PM?

From the BBC

Now the US has elected its first black president, how long until the UK has a black or Asian prime minister?


When Barack Obama claimed that his story could only have happened in America, he might have been looking across the Atlantic for evidence.

The odds of a black or Asian person taking the keys to 10 Downing Street any time soon are slim.

Tony Blair acknowledged as much in 2001, when he suggested the US was ahead of the UK in having people from ethnic minorities occupying some of the top political posts.

Mr Blair was mindful of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice at the heart of the White House, but probably hadn’t even heard of Obama.

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Bush, Polish PM to Discuss Missile Defense Today

March 10, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is hoping talks Monday with President Bush will help break an impasse on allowing U.S. missile defense interceptors to be based on Polish soil.

The two leaders also are likely to discuss NATO’s operations in Afghanistan, since Poland is set to expand its contribution to the force.

The two countries have been negotiating Polish demands for help in upgrading its military in exchange for allowing the missile defense interceptors, although it was not expected that the two leaders would reach a deal in the White House meeting. Negotiators appear hung up over how specific the U.S. promises would be to help upgrade Poland’s military.

The United States opened the negotiations last year….

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Bhutto party set to name Pakistan PM candidate

March 6, 2008
by Rana Jawad

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – The party of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was expected Thursday to nominate Pakistan‘s new prime minister to lead a parliament that could decide the fate of President Pervez Musharraf.

Vice chairman of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Makhdoom ...
Vice chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Makhdoom Amin Fahim (L), who is widely expected to be nominated for the post of prime minister and former premier Nawaz Sharif attend a joint meeting of MPs from three coalition partners in Islamabad, on February 27.(AFP/File/Aamir Qureshi)

Pakistan People’s Party vice-chief Makhdoom Amin Fahim is the frontrunner to be nominated by the party’s MPs, who are meeting in Islamabad just over two weeks after the PPP scooped the most seats in parliamentary elections.

Musharraf, a key ally in the US-led “war on terror”, saw his backers trounced in the polls and must now deal with a coalition that includes not only the PPP but also his archfoe, former premier Nawaz Sharif.

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Vietnam Striving to be Good WTO Participant

January 12, 2008

VietNamNet Bridge – Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem said Vietnam will do its best to always be a reliable and responsible member of the World Trade Organisation.

He made the pledge at a meeting to mark the country’s one-year entry into the world’s largest trade body in Hanoi on January 11.

The Deputy PM also asserted that the country will work hard to make contributions to building a fair and equal global trade system and the prosperity of every member country.

He stated that the WTO entry was of great significance to Vietnam’s international economic integration, marking the country’s equal and full participation into the world trade and proving the correctness of the Party and State’s renovation and integration policies.

Deputy PM Khiem added that though Vietnam has made remarkable achievements over the past one year, these were initial successes, and the country still has to work harder and fulfill its commitments to the WTO in the coming time.

Minister of Trade and Industry Vu Huy Hoang demonstrated the achievements over the past year with impressive statistics, including an economic growth rate of 8.5 percent, a record foreign investment capital of 20 billion USD and an export turnover of 48 billion USD, a year-on-year increase of 21.5 percent. He, however, said, the first year implementing WTO commitments also gave rise to many challenges such as an increased trade deficit, overloaded infrastructure and a lack of skilled workers.

Minister Hoang said his ministry will try to boost export through negotiations on free trade areas with China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and India, as well as by increasing trade promotion activities.