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Polls Open in Divided Thailand Election

Posted July 2nd, 2011 at 10:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Thailand is voting in a closely fought election that voters hope will end the country’s long-running political crisis. The poll is the first major electoral test for the government since mass opposition rallies in Bangkok last year. Security is tight for the vote, with around 170,000 police deployed nationwide to protect voting booths. Dozens of […]

Candidates Hold Final Rallies Ahead of Thai Election

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Candidates in Thailand are holding their final rallies Friday, ahead of a general election on Sunday. Opinion polls put opposition leader Yinluck Shinawatra, younger sister of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ahead of incumbent Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. But that is no guarantee that Yinluck will win a majority in parliament. Critics say Thaksin Shinawatra, […]

Thai Voters Choose New Parliament Sunday

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Thai voters go to the polls Sunday to choose a new parliament. Here are some key facts about the election: The Main Candidates: Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva: The Oxford educated Mr. Abhisit enjoys strong backing from the Thai military and the country’s royalist elite. He was appointed prime minister in 2008, following two years of […]

UN Chief Calls For Credible and Violence-Free Thai Election

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging all parties in Thailand’s Sunday election to act in a credible and fair manner and to “accept and respect the will of the people as expressed at the ballot box.” In a statement issued in New York Wednesday, Mr. Ban said he is following the election closely and […]

Asian Election Monitors Decry Violence in Thai Campaign

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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An international organization is appealing for party leaders in Thailand to ask their supporters to end violence and stop obstructing the campaign processes of their opponents. The Asian Network for Free Elections, supported by private-sector groups in 11 countries, said Tuesday it has recorded several cases of threats and intimidation during the campaign for Thailand’s […]

DRC National Elections to be One Round

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of Congo passed a new electoral law Wednesday as they prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections later this year. The new law, a revision of the 2006 electoral code, calls for the votes to be held in a single round. President Joseph Kabila says it is a cost-saving measure for […]

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Thai Army Chief Issues Veiled Election Endorsement

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s army chief is urging the public to elect “good people” and defend the king in next month’s national elections in what is seen as a veiled endorsement of the ruling pro-monarchy Democrat party. In a late Tuesday broadcast on military television stations, General Prayuth Chan-ocha said security services have found widespread evidence of disrespect […]

Thai Army Chief Issues Veiled Election Endorsement

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s army chief is urging the public to elect “good people” and defend the king in next month’s national elections in what is seen as a veiled endorsement of the ruling pro-monarchy Democrat party. In a late Tuesday broadcast on military television stations, General Prayuth Chan-ocha said security services have found widespread evidence of disrespect […]

Turkey’s Ruling Party Set to Win 3rd Term

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s prime minister and his Islamic-rooted party are poised to win a third straight term in power Sunday. Boosted by a booming economy and rising power on the world stage, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, now hopes to gain a crucial two-thirds majority in parliament, which would allow it to […]

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Campaigning Ends Before Turkish Elections

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Campaigning is ending ahead of Turkey’s parliamentary elections Sunday, with the ruling Islamic-rooted party expected to come out on top. Political parties held their final rallies Saturday. Polls open Sunday at 7 am in the country’s eastern provinces, and an hour later in west. Boosted by a booming economy and rising power on the world […]

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