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Thursday’s election in Zambia is a tight two-horse race between the ruling Patriotic Front and the opposition UPND. President Edgar Lungu and his main challenger Hakainde Hichilema are both keen on avoiding a re-run.
There are plans for Kenya’s Jubilee coalition to merge into a single Jubilee Party. This would be a heavy blow for the main opposition party CORD which is plagued by in-fighting and an exodus of party members.
Japanese voters are set to cast their ballots this weekend to elect a new upper house of parliament. And PM Shinzo Abe’s ruling party is expected to secure a big victory. Martin Fritz reports from Tokyo.
Old school values and an inward focus: On Saturday, Australia goes to the polls to elect its sixth prime minister in six years in a campaign with no foreign focus. Helen Clark reports from Melbourne.
Spain’s general election looks likely to result in a weak government that is a poor representation of its voters. Interim Prime Minister Rajoy’s conservative party leads the race. Santiago Saez reports from Madrid.
Londoners go to the polls on Thursday to pick a successor to Boris Johnson, the current mayor. As Julia Macfarlane reports from London, the leading candidates don’t inspire much confidence among voters.
The year 2015 will go down in history as one of elections in Africa. Overall there were thirteen of them. According to observers, eligible voters realized the importance and civic duty to take part in the elections.
Elections were postponed in Azhar University until further notice
Turkish football gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more headaches than likely votes as he battles to ensure that his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will secure a majority in snap parliamentary elections on Sunday. Polls on the eve of the election predict that AKP will increase its vote by 6% compared to the …
The current competed against a list of health ministry officials
Almost nine in 10 people approve of presidential performance, research group stands behind figures
Initiative by party gathers 30 parties to produce conclusive view of laws
A letter in The Guardian follows a joint statement by top Egyptian NGOs protesting travel bans on civil society leaders
Essebsi won Sunday’s run-off poll in Tunisia’s first democratic presidential elections
Candidates traded accusations, personal attacks in heated run-up to poll
The group’s request to establish a political party was rejected by Supreme Electoral Commission on 3 December
The Islamist Ennahda Movement did not field any candidate
While the official results have yet to be announced, the preliminary results show the secular party is set to obtain 85 seats against the 69 of Islamist rival.
On Saturday night, a video of a National Council for Women (NCW) press conference went viral. The footage shows representatives of the European Union Electoral Observer Mission (EUEOM) leaving the press conference after being berated and criticised for the mission’s preliminary report by attendees at the press conference, including head of the NCW Mervat Tellawy. …
The president elect prepares to take the oath-of-office after receiving vast majority of votes
The interim foreign minister told EU Ambassadors that election observation reports need not focus on political matters unrelated to the elections
US based observation team will continue to observe election despite criticism
By Nader Bakkar From an intellectual point of view, the Salafi movement is a rich one, distinguished by varying interpretations within the same school of thought and containing both positives and negatives simultaneously. A group of scholars and independent preachers that belong to this movement have preferred to withdraw completely from the political scene and …
The EU and Egypt: Repeating past mistakes?
Foreign ministry estimates total expatriate turnout to be 315,000, some expats prefer postal vote
The African Union’s decision comes in spite of the union’s suspension of Egyptian activities following the power shift that swept the country last July
AFP – Five key questions about Iraq’s general election on Wednesday. Who are the candidates? 9,039 candidates from 277 political blocs are standing for a seat in the 328-strong parliament. More than 20 million Iraqis are eligible to vote, with 48,796 polling stations nationwide. Tribal allegiances and sectarian affiliations play a key role in voting. …
AFP – Basic facts about Iraq, where the first parliamentary election since 2010 will be held on Wednesday amid the country’s worst violence in years. Geography: Bordered by Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kuwait, Iraq has a narrow outlet to the sea on the Gulf, and a surface area of 438,317 square kilometres …
AFP – Iraq, where legislative elections take place on Wednesday, has for more than a year seen an upsurge of violence. The unrest has been principally driven by anger in the Sunni Arab community over alleged mistreatment at the hands of the Shi’a-led government and security forces, as well as a spillover from the civil …
Profiles of five key players