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Seychelles Parliamentary Election Begins Thursday

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 4:38 am (UTC-5)
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Voters in the Indian Ocean nation of Seychelles begin casting ballots Thursday in a parliamentary election that is being boycotted by the country’s main opposition party. The leader of the Seychelles National Party, Wavel Ramkalawan, called for the boycott to protest the alleged electoral misconduct that he says led to his defeat in the country’s […]

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Spain Dissolves Parliament, Calls for Early Elections

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 12:18 pm (UTC-5)
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Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has dissolved parliament and called for new elections on November 20 — four months earlier than planned. Mr. Zapatero also said Monday he would adopt new measures as needed before November’s general elections to handle the country’s troubled economy. Spain’s more than 20-percent unemployment rate is among the […]

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Voting Ends in Zambian Election, Scattered Violence in Capital

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Voting has ended in a Zambian general election that E.U. observers say was conducted in a “correct” manner, despite scattered incidents of violence in the capital, Lusaka. E.U. chief election observer Maria Muniz described the election as fair and transparent and said violence was isolated. Zambian police reported some violent incidents in the capital, Lusaka, […]

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Voting Extended in Zambian Election, Scattered Violence in Capital

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 2:53 pm (UTC-5)
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Zambian authorities have extended voting hours at some polling stations in what is expected to be a close presidential election between incumbent Rupiah Banda and opposition leader Michael Sata. Election officials said polling stations that opened behind schedule Tuesday because of late deliveries of election materials would have their hours extended to make up for […]

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Voting Underway in Zambian Presidential Election Rematch

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 9:18 am (UTC-5)
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Zambians are voting Tuesday in what is expected to be a close presidential election rematch between incumbent Rupiah Banda and opposition leader Michael Sata. President Banda hopes to ride a wave of recent economic success to defeat Mr. Sata, a nationalist leader nicknamed “King Cobra” who heads the main opposition party, Patriotic Front. With voting […]

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Voting Underway in Zambian Presidential Election Rematch

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 1:24 am (UTC-5)
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Zambians are heading to the polls on Tuesday in what is expected to be a close presidential election rematch between incumbent Rupiah Banda and opposition leader Michael Sata. President Banda hopes to ride a wave of recent economic success to defeat Mr. Sata, a passionate nationalist leader – nicknamed “King Cobra” – who heads Zambia’s […]

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Zambians Prepare for Tuesday’s National Elections

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 7:01 pm (UTC-5)
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Zambians are preparing to cast ballots in a presidential election rematch between incumbent Rupiah Banda and opposition leader Michael Sata. Electoral commission spokesman Chris Akafuna told VOA Monday the commission has done everything it can to ensure the more than 6,000 polling stations will be stocked with materials, personnel and what he called “the most […]

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Former Top Aide to Challenge President in Senegal Election

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 6:37 pm (UTC-5)
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Aminata Tall, once a top aide to Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, has announced her bid to challenge him in next year’s election. Tall said Sunday men seek power to “become someone” but women seek it to “do something.” Tall said her candidacy would be the payoff from long-standing efforts toward gender equality in Senegalese politics. […]

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Merkel Coalition Soundly Beaten in German Regional Election

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Voters in Germany’s Berlin region have given Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition partners a sound defeat in a regional election. Preliminary results on Sunday gave Ms. Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats 23 percent of the vote for the local legislature, behind the left-leaning Social Democrats, who had 29 percent. The Greens had 18 percent. Ms. Merkel’s […]

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Pro-Russian Party Wins Latvia’s Election

Posted September 17th, 2011 at 10:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A pro-Russian party won Latvia’s early election Saturday but fell short of the absolute majority needed to take power in the Baltic state. With most of the votes counted early Sunday, the Harmony Center captured about 30 percent of the vote. Since 1991, when Latvia regained its independence after the break-up of the Soviet Union, […]

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