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6th Jan 2014

Bangladesh ruling party glides to easy victory in unopposed election amid deaths

Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League have won an easy victory in national elections after opposition groups boycotted the polls. Violence gripped the country on election day, leaving at least 18 dead. Results from Sunday’s polls gave a … Continued

5th Jan 2014

Bangladesh goes to the polls amid protests, violence

Polls have opened across Bangladesh as sometimes deadly violence continues to plague the country. The major opposition parties are boycotting the elections and have called on voters to stay home. At least four people, including an election official, have died … Continued

28th Dec 2013

India: Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Delhi chief minister; keeps crucial home, power, finance ministries

New Delhi, (Hindustan Times): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal sought the help of commoners to root out corruption after he was sworn in as the seventh chief minister of Delhi at a packed Ramlila Maidan on Saturday. After … Continued

16th Dec 2013

Mali: Low turnout in second-round election

  Mali’s second round parliamentary election has ended with low voter turnout possibly due to attacks earlier in the week. Jihadists claimed responsibility for the killings in Kidal of two UN peacekeepers from Senegal.   Polling began slowly in Mali’s … Continued

16th Dec 2013

Chile: Bachelet returns to presidency with overwhelming win in run-off

Former President Michelle Bachelet has won the run-off election in Chile to make her return to power. She plans to launch ambitious reforms aimed at redressing steep income inequality. With 90 percent of the votes counted after Sunday’s poll, Bachelet … Continued

9th Dec 2013

Thailand: PM Yingluck Shinawatra pledges dissolution of parliament, elections

Thailand’s prime minister has appeared on television, saying she would dissolve parliament and hold elections “as soon as possible.” Yingluck Shinawatra was responding to prolonged protests from opposition supporters. Yingluck Shinawatra issued a televised address on Monday, as thousands of … Continued

8th Dec 2013

India’s extreme nationalist BJP party makes gains in state elections

India’s ruling Congress party has found itself sidelined in key regional elections seen as a test ahead of next year’s general election. The Hindu nationalist opposition has made big gains. Preliminary results showed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had … Continued

29th Nov 2013

Mali parliamentary elections inconclusive, headed for second round

  No party has won an absolute majority in Mali’s parliamentary elections, triggering a second round of voting. The polls were to mark Mali’s transition to democracy, but the low turnout has left many disappointed.  Provisional results released Wednesday show … Continued

27th Nov 2013

Germany: Christian and Social Democrats agree on grand coalition government

Leaders from Germany’s two largest parties have reached a provisional deal on forming a coalition government after all-night talks in Berlin. This concludes weeks of negotiations following September elections. The last negotiating session lasted some 17 hours in Berlin, concluding … Continued

25th Nov 2013

Mali polls marred by low turnout and unrest

Parliamentary polls in Mali have taken place, marred by apathy and unrest. The vote is seen as key in restoring political stability, following a military coup and an insurgency in the north of the country.   Heavy security surrounded the vote … Continued

7th Nov 2013

Tajikistan: Rakhmon wins fourth presidential term

  Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rakhmon has secured a fourth term. The results of Wednesday’s election were never really in doubt, especially after officials disqualified the only real opposition candidate.  Rakhmon (right in photo) won over 83 percent in Wednesday’s election … Continued

27th Oct 2013

Czech voters opt for leftist Social Democrats and novice populist

Czech voters angered by years of political graft and budget cuts have handed the opposition Social Democrats a weak mandate to form a government. A media magnate who heads a new centrist party has emerged as kingmaker. Preliminary counts put … Continued

25th Oct 2013

Madagascar presidential election kicks off, voters turn out massively

ANTANANARIVO, (Xinhua): Voters in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, turn out massively Friday to choose among 33 candidates a new president expected to lead them out of a political crisis of nearly five years. A total of 7,823,305 registered voters … Continued

14th Oct 2013

France far-right National Front candidate Laurent Lopez wins competitive by-election

France’s far-right National Front Party has won a local by-election. The result reflects the rising popularity of the anti-immigrant, anti-EU party ahead of next year’s municipal and European elections.  National Front (FN) candidate Laurent Lopez has won the cantonal by-election … Continued

10th Oct 2013

Azerbaijan: Aliyev wins presidential election

BAKU, (Xinhua): Voting wrapped up in Azerbaijan’s presidential election on Wednesday with incumbent President Ilham Aliyev winning his third five-year term, preliminary results from Central Election Commission (CEC) and exit polls for the election showed. Preliminary data showed that Aliyev … Continued

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

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