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23rd Sep 2013

Germany: Official German election results confirm Merkel’s victory

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have won Germany’s general election, but her preferred coalition partners are out of parliament. The official results saw the Christian Democrats fall just short of a majority. The preliminary official results released by the Federal Returning … Continued

20th Sep 2013

Mali celebrates inauguration of President Keita

Thousands have attended the inauguration of Mali’s new President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. French President Francois Hollande took the occasion to announce the end of the French military mission in the country.   The official inauguration ceremony in the 55,000 seat … Continued

10th Sep 2013

Norway’s center-right claims election victory, ousts Labour government

Norway’s center-right alliance, led by Conservative Erna Solberg, has claimed victory in the national election. Incumbent Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has conceded defeat after eight years in office. Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg looked set to become Norway’s next prime … Continued

21st Aug 2013

Czechoslovakia: Lawmakers dissolve parliament in wake of Necas bribery scandal

Lawmakers have voted to dissolve the Czech parliament, triggering early elections. The country has been mired in political crisis since the prime minister stepped down over a bribery scandal involving his aide and lover. A total of 140 lawmakers of … Continued

17th Aug 2013

Zimbabwe opposition MDC party drops Mugabe election victory challenge

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has dropped a legal challenge against President Robert Mugabe’s re-election, saying the courts wouldn’t be fair. Tsvangirai had previously called for a new election. “The Prime Minister has withdrawn his election petition,” Movement for Democratic … Continued

13th Aug 2013

Mali: Keita wins presidency in ‘credible’ Mali election

Malian presidential candidate Soumalia Cisse has conceded defeat to his opponent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The election was declared by EU and US observers to have been “credible and transparent.” Cisse congratulated his rival for the presidency late on Monday, in … Continued

10th Aug 2013

Mali’s presidential candidate denounces electoral fraud

BAMAKO, (Xinhua): Mali’s presidential candidate Soumaila Cisse denounced electoral fraud in the July 28 election late Friday, vowing to win in the second round scheduled for Sunday. “Unfortunately some small faults in the first round have tarnished the results. There … Continued

8th Aug 2013

Mali’s top court dismisses electoral fraud, paves way for vote

Mali’s Constitutional Court has rejected allegations of fraud in the country’s first round of presidential elections. The ruling paves the way for a second round vote on Sunday. The Constitutional Court confirmed former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as the … Continued

5th Aug 2013

Iran: Rouhani calls for dialogue and respect Iran in negotiations

New President Hasan Rouhani, who succeeds Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has pledged to boost the economy and better Tehran’s international ties. President Hasan Rouhani, a moderate conservative, pledged to uphold the constitution and protect the official religion of the Islamic Republic of … Continued

5th Aug 2013

Iran: Rouhani takes oath of office amid Israeli fear mongering

Iranian President Hassan Rohani took the oath of office before parliament in Tehran on Sunday as Israel’s prime minister warned that the Islamic Republic continues to pose a threat to regional security. Rohani, a relatively moderate cleric, pledged to uphold … Continued

3rd Aug 2013

Zimbabwe: Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party wins majority in Zimbabwe election

According to preliminary results by Zimbabwe’s election commission, President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party has won a parliamentary majority. However, the opposition has disputed the elections calling them a “farce.” Preliminary results by the election commission showed Mugabe’s Zanu-PF has won … Continued

1st Aug 2013

Zimbabwe: African Union monitors give Zimbabwe elections early seal of approval

Early reports suggest Zimbabwe’s elections have been “free and fair,” the head of the African Union’s monitoring team has said. Voter turnout was reportedly high despite initial allegations of fraud. Shortly after polls began to close late on Wednesday the … Continued

29th Jul 2013

Cambodia’s opposition rejects election results, calls for investigation

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has rejected the election results published by the government, speaking of massive manipulation. He has called for an international committee to investigate. On Sunday evening Cambodia’s National Election Commission had announced that the ruling Cambodian … Continued

28th Jul 2013

Kuwait: Shi’a Muslims lose seats in Kuwait polls

Final results from Kuwait’s elections show Shiite candidates losing more than half their seats, while liberals made a slight gain. The poll was the second in eight months after a court ruled a December vote invalid. The results of Saturday’s … Continued

27th Jul 2013

Kuwait elections begin as opposition boycott poll

Voting has begun in the oil-rich Gulf nation of Kuwait, in the country’s second general election in eight months. The opposition has called for a boycott of the poll. Kuwait’s sixth election in seven years is being held after a … Continued

22nd Jul 2013

Japan: Abe vows to push forward economic policies after upper house election

[Japanese Prime Minister and President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Shinzo Abe delivers a speech at the party's headquarters in Tokyo, capital of Japan, July 21, 2013 (Xinhua/Ma Ping)] TOKYO, (Xinhua): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed here Sunday … Continued

15th Jul 2013

India: Two killed in east Indian poll violence

MUMBAI, (Xinhua): Two people were killed in poll violence during the local elections of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal on Monday morning. One Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate’s husband was killed in the bomb blast set off by … Continued

13th Jul 2013

Bhutan: Voters in Bhutan head to the polls in election’s second round

 [Picture Alliance/dpa] Voters in Bhutan are going to the polls to elect a new government. This is the second round of voting in just the second election in the Himalayan kingdom’s history. Saturday’s vote pits the incumbent Peace and Prosperity … Continued

23rd Jun 2013

Albania: Political row overshadows Albania vote

Albanians have begun voting in elections that will play a crucial role in its bid to join the EU. Polls suggest a tight race, while a short-staffed electoral commission has raised the likelihood of a disputed result. Since the collapse … Continued

22nd Jun 2013

Lebanese protesters denounce electoral delay, beaten by security forces

[A Lebanese security officer aims at protesters in Beirut on 20 June 2013. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)] By Chloe Benoist   Al-Akhbar: Hundreds of protesters staged a sit-in in Beirut Thursday and Friday to denounce the postponement of Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview done on 29 May 2013 and transmitted on 12 June 2013


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