Bahrain opposition slams ‘ridiculous’ official voter turnout rate
24th Nov 2014

Bahrain opposition slams ‘ridiculous’ official voter turnout rate

A war of words over the turnout rate in Bahrain’s legislative election heightened Sunday, between the authorities and the opposition, with the latter accusing the regime of “misleading the public.” With the vote-counting still underway after Saturday’s elections to the … Continued

US: Opinion: GOP thrashing means Obama must fight for his legacy
5th Nov 2014

US: Opinion: GOP thrashing means Obama must fight for his legacy

  The Republican victory in Congress will worsen gridlock in Washington. Obama will be forced to spend his final two years in office defending his legacy and trying to govern without Congress, says DW’s Michael Knigge. After having failed to … Continued

Tunisia’s leading secular party winner in parliamentary vote: preliminary results
28th Oct 2014

Tunisia’s leading secular party winner in parliamentary vote: preliminary results

    Tunisia’s main secular party was upbeat with the count underway Monday after the first parliamentary election since Tunisia’s 2011 uprising. The vote pitted Islamist party al-Nahda against its main secular rival Nidaa Tounes – also known as Call … Continued

Brazil: Incumbent Rousseff wins presidential election
27th Oct 2014

Brazil: Incumbent Rousseff wins presidential election

  With more than 98 percent of ballots tallied, leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff (above) has won re-election as Brazilian president. She defeated her center-right rival Aecio Neves by a narrow margin. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected, defeating her … Continued

Botswana’s ruling party wins parliamentary elections
26th Oct 2014

Botswana’s ruling party wins parliamentary elections

  The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has renewed its parliamentary majority, according to election commission officials. The BDP’s victory also sets up President Ian Khama for a second term in office. Botswana’s election commission announced on Sunday that the … Continued

Mozambique’s electoral body expresses concerns over reports of violence
16th Oct 2014

Mozambique’s electoral body expresses concerns over reports of violence

  MAPUTO, (Xinhua): Mozambique’s combined electoral observation mission on Wednesday urged all Mozambicans to remain calm and tranquil after voting officially closed in the general elections. Dinis Matsolo from the combined electoral observation, a national body created especially to observe … Continued

Mozambique: 15 injured in northern Mozambique clash during electoral campaign
13th Oct 2014

Mozambique: 15 injured in northern Mozambique clash during electoral campaign

  MAPUTO, (Xinhua): At least 15 people were injured on Sunday in northern Mozambique amid attacks related to electoral campaign, local state news agency reported on Sunday. Gangs of supporters of the former rebel movement Renamo roamed through the streets … Continued

Brazil: Rousseff set for runoff with Neves in Brazil presidential vote
6th Oct 2014

Brazil: Rousseff set for runoff with Neves in Brazil presidential vote

  Official results in Brazil show incumbent Dilma Rousseff will face a run-off vote against challenger Aecio Neves in the country’s presidential election. Rousseff was the favorite heading into the vote. Brazil’s election authority on Sunday said no candidate had … Continued

Afghanistan awaits promised deal, poll results
21st Sep 2014

Afghanistan awaits promised deal, poll results

    Final results of Afghanistan’s June election are due to be issued Sunday amid claims that the presidential rivals have struck a power-sharing deal. Aides to Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah [photo above] say they are ready to sign. … Continued

Sweden: Center-left celebrates as Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt concedes
15th Sep 2014

Sweden: Center-left celebrates as Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt concedes

  Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has conceded defeat following the country’s general election. A left-leaning coalition is expected to win the most seats in parliament, but without an absolute majority. Reinfeldt admitted on Sunday that his government, a grouping … Continued

Iraq: International praise for Iraqi PM al-Maliki’s resignation
15th Aug 2014

Iraq: International praise for Iraqi PM al-Maliki’s resignation

  The United Nations and Washington have praised Nouri al-Maliki for stepping down as Iraq’s prime minister. He bowed to domestic and international pressure, announcing his departure in a televised speech. The UN’s top envoy in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, praised … Continued

Turkey: Erdogan wins first elected presidency
11th Aug 2014

Turkey: Erdogan wins first elected presidency

  Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdgoan has claimed victory in Turkey’s first popular vote for presidency. He pledged a new era for Turkey – likely to start with greater powers for what used to be a mainly ceremonial post. Recep … Continued

Turkey: Polls open in Turkish presidential election
10th Aug 2014

Turkey: Polls open in Turkish presidential election

Polls have opened in Turkey’s presidential election, with outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan viewed as favorite. Erdogan has said he intends to exercise real power in what has been a largely ceremonial role. Turks have begun voting in their country’s … Continued

Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demands vote counting be stopped
19th Jun 2014

Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demands vote counting be stopped

      Abdullah Abdullah, presidential candidate seeking to take longtime President Hamid Karzai’s spot, has demanded ballot counting be halted, alleging voter fraud. But the Electoral Commission has rejected his demand.  Former Afghan Foreign Minister and contender for the … Continued

Ukraine: Poroshenko takes oath of office as new president
7th Jun 2014

Ukraine: Poroshenko takes oath of office as new president

Ukraine’s new president, Petro Poroshenko, has taken the oath of office in parliament in Kyiv. He faces the huge challenge of uniting a country teetering on the brink of civil war.   Petro Poroshenko was inaugurated on Saturday as the … Continued

Lebanon: Nasrallah says Syria’s election exposed Western hypocrisy
7th Jun 2014

Lebanon: Nasrallah says Syria’s election exposed Western hypocrisy

  Syria’s presidential election exposed the hypocrisy of Western powers who preach democracy, but did everything in their power to prevent Syrians from voting, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Friday. And by boycotting the election, the Syrian opposition missed out … Continued

Syrian President al-Assad re-elected for third term
5th Jun 2014

Syrian President al-Assad re-elected for third term

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won 88.7 percent of votes in a presidential election, securing a third term in office. The vote only took place in government-held areas and has been widely condemned as a farce. Syria’s parliament … Continued

Syrians vote in presidential election
4th Jun 2014

Syrians vote in presidential election

  Syrian refugees return to their country through the Masnaa Border Crossing between Lebanon and Syria to participate in the presidential election on June 3, 2014. (Photo: Osama Kadiri)   By Rana Harbi   Al-Akhbar: Syrians lined up outside polling … Continued

Malawi: Peter Mutharika wins controversial presidential election
31st May 2014

Malawi: Peter Mutharika wins controversial presidential election

      Following a dispute over last week’s vote, Peter Mutharika is to become Malawi’s next president. The outgoing president, Joyce Banda, said the elections had been fraught with “irregularities.”  Malawi’s electoral commission declared Peter Mutharika the winner of … Continued

EU leaders to ‘digest’ voter rebuff in Brussels
27th May 2014

EU leaders to ‘digest’ voter rebuff in Brussels

  EU leaders converge on Brussels shortly to assess the weekend’s electoral jolt delivered by euroskeptic and far-right parties. France’s President Francois Hollande has called for a reduced EU role.  Leaders of the 28-nation EU bloc converged on Brussels later … Continued

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