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Voters in African Highlands Cast Ballots in General Election Saturday

Posted May 26th, 2012 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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Voters in the tiny mountainous nation of Lesotho, in southern Africa, will cast ballots in a general election Saturday. The vote features rivals from three political parties, including Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili of the new Democratic Congress. His closest challenger is Mothejoa Metsing, who reportedly led to the movement to remove Mosisili as leader of […]

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EU, US Congratulate Algeria on Elections

Posted May 13th, 2012 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union and the United States have endorsed Algeria’s parliamentary elections as an important step toward reform, even as some opposition forces expressed suspicion that the vote was fraudulent. The head of the EU observer team there criticized Algeria Saturday for not giving foreign observers free access to the nationwide electoral roll. He said […]

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Ghanaian Officials Say They’re Committed to Peaceful and Credible Elections

Posted May 11th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Ghana’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice says President John Atta Mills has taken steps to ensure this year’s general elections are credible and peaceful. Benjamin Kumbuor told VOA that Mr. Mills’ administration is committed to holding successful elections. “There is a very high level of commitment at all levels of government, to show clearly, […]

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Greek Leftist Politician Calls for Rejection of Austerity Measures

Posted May 8th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of Greece’s radical left party, Syriza, is calling for a rejection of all austerity measures imposed under an international loan deal, as he tries to form a new coalition government. Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday urged Greece’s two main party leaders to reverse their position on spending reductions linked to a multi-billion-dollar bailout that […]

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Greece’s Syriza Party Tries to Form Government

Posted May 8th, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Greece’s radical left party, Syriza, will try to form a unity government after mainstream conservatives failed to cobble together a coalition. The head of Greece’s conservative New Democracy party, Antonis Samaras, announced Monday he was unable to form a coalition government after rejections from several party leaders. The New Democracy party won the most votes […]

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Activists: Syrians Boycott ‘Sham’ Parliamentary Election

Posted May 7th, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say people in rebellious towns and villages across the country have largely boycotted a government-run parliamentary election that major opposition groups dismissed as a sham. The activists said streets were empty and shops were closed in the central town of Hama and other opposition strongholds, where residents staged a general strike to protest […]

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Greek Coalition Talks End in Stalemate

Posted May 7th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of Greece’s conservative party, Antonis Samaras, says he is unable to form a coalition government. Samaras, whose New Democracy party won the most votes in Sunday’s election, was given the first chance to form an administration by President Karolos Papoulias. But after holding talks Monday, Samaras failed to convince other parties to join […]

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Greek Conservatives Must Form Coalition Government

Posted May 7th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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The head of Greece’s conservative party, Antonis Samaras, has begun talks to build a coalition government soon, as European leaders urge Athens to continue respecting the terms of a financial bailout. Greek voters on Sunday failed to hand an absolute majority to any party. But they appeared to favor parties that opposed austerity requirements imposed […]

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Monitors Give Mixed Marks to Armenia’s Election

Posted May 7th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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International monitors have praised Sunday’s elections in Armenia as competitive and peaceful, but criticized violations they say undermined the vote, including pressure on voters and an inadequate complaints process. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Monday that Armenia deserves recognition for its electoral reforms and its open and peaceful campaign. But OSCE […]

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Activists: Syrians Boycott ‘Sham’ Parliamentary Election

Posted May 7th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say people in rebellious towns and villages across the country are largely boycotting a government-run parliamentary election that major opposition groups have dismissed as a sham. The activists say streets were empty and shops were closed in the central town of Hama and other opposition strongholds, as residents observed a general strike to […]

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