''Congress insiders complain that [Rahul Gandhi] is a neophyte who does not have what it takes to become prime minister,'' the US charge d'affaires to India, Geoffrey Pyatt, wrote in a 2007 cable published by WikiLeaks. But Rahul's supporters say he is biding his time. ''There is no suspense about it,'' senior Congress figure Digvijay Singh says. ''He has a role, which is increasing constantly.''
FOR weeks now, the nation has been held spell-bound by the revelations contained in US diplomatic cables published on the Wikileaks website to the effect that former President Olusegun Obasanjo actually had plans to sack the then Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Maurice Iwu for his refusal to cancel the scheduled 2007 general elections and hand the president an opportunity to elongate his tenure.
While WikiLeaks has had an extensive political impact upon the Middle East, the whistle-blowing group now stands to exert an influence on South America as well. Specifically, declassified US state department cables could shake things up in politically volatile Peru, a country which is fast approaching the second and final round of its presidential election on June 5.
Kazakhstan's long-serving president won praise from the United States and pro-democracy advocates when in January he rejected a plan to secure another 10 years of uncontested rule and instead called a presidential election.
Proceedings in both Houses of Parliament were marred on Thursday by repeated adjournments and uproar as a united Opposition demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh following fresh disclosures alleging bribing of MPs during the July 2008 confidence vote, which the UPA-I government won by a slim majority.
In April 2009, the US Embassy in Algiers reviews the political and social situation after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a third term with more than 90% of the vote in "a carefully choreographed and heavily controlled election".
Reporting from Beirut As protesters poured into the streets of Iran in the aftermath of the disputed 2009 reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, U.S. diplomats scrambled to decipher the erupting political crisis and the goals of the opposition's so-called green movement, according to recently disclosed diplomatic cables. The diplomats hurried to understand without the benefit of an official outpost in Tehran, a result of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Instead they read news bulletins and spoke with allied embassies in places like Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. They contacted Iranian dissidents, human rights activists and disgruntled businessmen, according to the confidential dispatches made public in recent days by WikiLeaks.
"The biggest 'game changer' had been this past summer's presidential elections. The events were causing backlash from much of the population. Parents and grandparents were saying that they do not want their children to be forced to experience the same Iran that they, themselves, have been living under for the last 30 years. For the first time, one can see "kill Khamenei" and "death to Khamenei" scrawled on walls in Tehran.
A report from the American Embassy in Istanbul on 28 August 2009. This was six weeks after former President Hashemi Rafsanjani's dramatic Tehran Friday Prayer, accompanied by demonstration, and three weeks after President Ahmadinejad was finally inaugurated for a second term: