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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

EU: Politicians assess outcome of the EU vote, jockey for positions
26th May 2014

EU: Politicians assess outcome of the EU vote, jockey for positions

    [Photo: Marine Le Pen, France's far-right National Front political party made huge gains in EU elections]   Europe’s leaders have begun debating the victory of euroskeptic and radical parties, such as the right-wing in France. Wrangling over the … Continued

Iraq: Maliki wins largest share of parliamentary seat
20th May 2014

Iraq: Maliki wins largest share of parliamentary seat

  Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki won the largest share of Iraqi parliamentary seats in last month’s national elections, according to preliminary results released on Monday. The results dealt a blow to rivals seeking to prevent him serving a third term. … Continued

India: Every third newly elected MP has ‘crime’ background
19th May 2014

India: Every third newly elected MP has ‘crime’ background

  New Delhi, (IANS) : Every third of the newly elected member of the Lok Sabha has a criminal background, an analysis of the disclosures they have made in their affidavits has shown. An analysis of 541 of the 543 … Continued

India: Elections 2014: Lowest number of Muslim MPs since 1952
17th May 2014

India: Elections 2014: Lowest number of Muslim MPs since 1952

  NEW DELHI, (Times of India): The representation of Muslims in this Lok Sabha will be the lowest since the first general election of 1952. The 16th Lok Sabha will have just 24 Muslim MPs, down from 30 in the … Continued

India: No Muslim MP won in UP
16th May 2014

India: No Muslim MP won in UP

  By Mohd Faisal Fareed   Lucknow, (Indian Express): For the first time, Uttar Pradesh, which accounts for nearly 18 per cent of the Muslim population, has failed to send even one Muslim MP to the Lok Sabha. Disappointed over … Continued

India’s Congress party concedes election defeat
16th May 2014

India’s Congress party concedes election defeat

The ruling Congress party has conceded defeat in India, following reports of a clear lead for the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies. Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi helped the new leadership into office. Narendra Modi will be the next … Continued

South Africa: Elections 2014: ANC ‘humbled’ as Zuma comforts the ‘losers’
11th May 2014

South Africa: Elections 2014: ANC ‘humbled’ as Zuma comforts the ‘losers’

Photo: Unfazed by decline in voters, ANC president Jacob Zuma expressed delight that the majority of South African have returned the party to power. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G) Mmanaledi Mataboge Unfazed by a decline in voters, ANC president Jacob Zuma expressed … Continued

South Africa: ANC wins with reduced majority
10th May 2014

South Africa: ANC wins with reduced majority

    SAPA: The African National Congress(ANC) won the fifth national elections with a reduced majority, mustering 62.16%, according to preliminary results released on Friday. The party received 11 436 654 votes, which was less than the 11 650 748 votes (65.9 %) it received … Continued

Indonesia: Party of former President Sukarnoputri wins Indonesia elections
10th May 2014

Indonesia: Party of former President Sukarnoputri wins Indonesia elections

    Indonesia’s biggest opposition party has narrowly won last month’s legislative elections, but with a slender portion of votes. In a tight race, four parties won double-digit returns, but none took even 20 percent.   On Friday, General Elections … Continued

India: Varanasi Muslims veer towards AAP
9th May 2014

India: Varanasi Muslims veer towards AAP

By Prashant Jha   Varanasi, (Hindustan Times): The oldest city in the world was in a frenzy on Thursday. From early evening to nearly 9.30pm, from the BHU campus to the BJP headquarters 5km away, Narendra Modi’s road-show was thronged … Continued

India: 4 children, 2 women among 9 more bodies found, totoal Muslims killed now 32
3rd May 2014

India: 4 children, 2 women among 9 more bodies found, totoal Muslims killed now 32

[Security personnel at Narsingbari in Baksa district of Assam where some people were killed by militants on Friday] Digambar Patowary Guwahati, (Hindustan Times):  Nine more bodies were recovered in Baksa district in Assam on Saturday, taking the toll to 32 … Continued

Iraq counts votes after deadly election day
2nd May 2014

Iraq counts votes after deadly election day

AFP, Al-Akhbar: Vote counting was under way Thursday after Iraqis braved a wave of attacks to cast ballots in elections hailed by the United Nations and the US as a rebuke to jihadis. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he was … Continued

Iraq: Attacks target voting centers on election day
1st May 2014

Iraq: Attacks target voting centers on election day

  Iraqis defied a rash of attacks that killed seven people to vote Wednesday in the country’s first general election since US troops withdrew, with premier Nouri al-Maliki proclaiming “certain” victory. Fresh attacks were launched soon after polls opened on … Continued

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