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New Frontier Party Wins South Korean Parliamentary Vote

Posted April 11th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s ruling conservative party has won control of parliament in a nationwide election seen as a preview of presidential elections later this year. Wednesday’s election results give a boost to President Lee Myung-bak’s ruling New Frontier party, which will hold onto its majority in parliament. The voting was to fill 300 seats in the […]

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South Korean Parliamentary Vote Too Close to Call

Posted April 11th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s two main parties are locked in a close race for control of parliament that is seen as a preview of presidential elections later this year. Exit polls from Wednesday’s voting left analysts unable to predict whether President Lee Myung-bak’s ruling New Frontier party will hold onto its majority in parliament. Official results were […]

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Polls Open in South Korea’s Crucial Parliamentary Elections

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 10:20 pm (UTC-5)
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South Koreans are voting in closely-contested parliamentary elections, seen as a key test for President Lee Myung-bak. Polls opened early Wednesday local time and will close 12 hours later. Voters are casting ballots to elect a new 300-member National Assembly. Most of the legislators will be elected directly, with the rest chosen through proportional representation. […]

Polls Open in South Korea’s Crucial Parliamentary Elections

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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South Koreans have begun voting in a closely-contested parliamentary election, seen as a key test for President Lee Myung-bak. Polls opened early Wednesday local time and will close 12 hours later. Voters are casting ballots to elect a new 300-member National Assembly. Most of the legislators will be elected directly, with the rest chosen through […]

Senegal’s Macky Sall Receives 65.8% in Presidential Vote

Posted March 27th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Official results from Senegal’s presidential runoff give opposition leader Macky Sall more than 65 percent of the vote. Sunday’s vote pitted Mr. Sall against outgoing President Abdoulaye Wade, who received 34 percent. The 85-year-old Wade conceded defeat within hours of the polls closing, easing concerns that he was attempting to serve a third term despite […]

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Georgia’s Breakaway South Ossetia Heads for Presidential Run-Off; Abkhazia Chooses New Parliament

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Georgia’s breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia have held elections, but the European Union and the United States refused to recognize the polls. In South Ossetia, voters cast ballots Sunday to chose a new president after disputed November elections were annulled by a local court. However, none of the four candidates won the majority […]

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UN: DRC Security Forces Killed 33 During Elections

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. human rights office says Democratic Republic of Congo security forces killed at least 33 people during the country’s election period late last year. A report released Tuesday accuses DRC police, Republican Guards, intelligence agents, and soldiers of committing serious human rights violations in the capital, Kinshasa. The U.N. report says security forces wounded […]

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Burma Invites ASEAN Observers to Witness Special Elections

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations says it has been invited by Burma to send a team of observers to next month’s by-elections. The regional bloc announced Tuesday the country’s new civilian government has invited a five-member observer delegate team, accompanied by three media personnel. ASEAN says separate teams of two legislators and three media […]

Leftist Opposition Wins Slovakia General Election

Posted March 11th, 2012 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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Slovakia’s former prime minister Robert Fico will return to his old job after his left-wing Smer party trounced its opponents in Saturday’s parliamentary election. Smer-Social Democracy party won more than 44 percent of the vote, or 83 seats in the 150-seat parliament. The conservative SDKU party, led by outgoing Prime Minister Iveta Radicova, received around […]

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Fico Wins Slovakia General Election

Posted March 11th, 2012 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Slovakia’s former prime minister Robert Fico will return to his old job after his left-wing Smer party trounced its opponents in Saturday’s parliamentary election. With nearly all the votes counted, preliminary results show Smer winning 84 of 150 seats – enough for Mr. Fico to govern on his own if he chooses not to form […]

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