Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/8/2012

Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/8/2012Under pressure from continuing violent protests in front of his presidential palace, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi backed off at the last moment from imposing martial law, and agreed to make some concessions to his opponents, prominent among them the rescinding of the November 22 decree giving himself near dictatorial powers. However, he refused to give way on the constitutional referendum, which will be held on schedule next Saturday.

In other news, a woman in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to ten lashes and five days in jail for marrying a Syrian man. Under the kingdom’s laws governing mixed marriages, their marriage was illegal without official permission. The ex-husband received the same penalty, and will have to pay alimony. The woman has four children.

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  1. I think GoV readers will be aware that England has just had it’s first election of Police commissioners. I think most will also be aware that Nottingham has the reputation of being the ‘gun capital’ of Great Britain.
    SO, what do you think is the first major policy initiative launched by the new Police commissioner?, -more Police patrols perhaps?, a crackdown on drug dealing?, targetting of known offenders? NOOOOOooooo – a recruitment drive for more black and asian Police officers. This guy sure means business !

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