Arab States Weekly Review Oct 13th – 19th 2012

Human Rights Watch reported that the Syrian regime was using cluster bombs in an attempt to suppress the rebel movement.

Libya’s fledgling parliament elected a new prime minister. Ali Zidan is a former career diplomat who served under Muammar Ghaddafi until going into exile in 1980.

The electoral commission in Jordan said there would be an election on January 23rd 2013. The oppostion Islamic Action Front, a group affiliating itself to the Muslim Brotherhood, said it would boycott the poll.

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