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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

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

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