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Jordan

The State Security Court will try those accused of conspiring against the king

Those suspected of having participated in a plot that endangered the Jordanian monarchy will be tried by the State Security Court, official television said Wednesday (April 14). Among the suspects, Bassem Awadallah, a former head of the royal office, and Cherif Hassan Ben Zaid, the king’s ex-special envoy to Saudi Arabia. The king’s half-brother, Prince Hamza, suspected of having been involved in the plot, will not be tried.

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Diplomacy

Attempt at Turkish-Greek rapprochement

The head of Greek diplomacy, Nikos Dendias, met on Wednesday April 14 at the Greek consulate in Istanbul with Patriarch Bartholomos I of Constantinople, a major figure in the Orthodox world. The Greek minister is also due to meet in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Cavusoglu, as Turkey and Greece are exploring avenues to appease their historically delicate relations. They have worsened in recent years due to gas drilling carried out by Turkey in Greek waters in the eastern Mediterranean, the treatment of religious minorities in their respective countries and the management of migrants.

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Bulgaria

Resignation of the Prime Minister

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced on Wednesday April 14 that he would give up leading the next government after a narrow victory for his conservative party in the legislative elections in early April. In power since 2009 almost without interruption, he had to face a major wave of protests last summer against the corruption that plagues the country and its supposed links with the oligarchy. If he fails to find a replacement, elections will be held.

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