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Iran – Iran’s Raisi names US-sanctioned Mokhber as first VP (Euractiv, AFP)

Iran’s new ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday (8 August) named the chairman of a powerful state-owned foundation sanctioned by the United States as his first vice-president, the president’s official website said.

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Moldova – Moldova parliament backs pro-European cabinet (Euractiv, AFP)

Moldova’s parliament on Friday (6 August) confirmed Natalia Gavrilița as prime minister and approved her programme to pull the post-Soviet country out of a protracted crisis and bring it closer to the EU.

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Europe/Iraq/Belarus – EU pushes Iraq to stem migrant flights to Belarus (Euractiv, AFP)

Euractiv writes: The European Union said on Thursday (29 July) it was pressing Iraq to help stem the flow of migrants to Belarus who are then smuggled across the border into Lithuania.

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Europe/Lebanon – EU calls on Lebanon to form government quickly (Euractiv, AFP, Reuters)

Euractiv writes: The European Union on Monday (26 July) urged Lebanon’s political elite to form a government without delay, following the nomination of Lebanese businessman Najib Mikati to be designated as prime minister.

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Tunisia – Tunisia president sacks defence minister amid political turmoil (Euractiv, AFP)

Euractiv writes: Tunisian President Kais Saied sacked the defence minister Monday (26 July), a day after ousting the prime minister and suspending parliament, plunging the young democracy into constitutional crisis in the midst of a pandemic.

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