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Buenos Aires heads to polls for mayoral election

Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires began heading to the polls Sunday to vote for a new mayor, with the country's right hoping to retain its stronghold ahead of October's presidential election.

Turkey parliament fails to elect speaker after two votes

Ankara - Turkish lawmakers have failed to elect a new parliamentary speaker at the first two attempts on Tuesday in a key barometer of Turkish politics after the ruling party lost its majority on June 7 elections.

Le Pen announces run for French regional polls

Arras - Far-right French leader Marine Le Pen announced Tuesday she would compete in regional elections due later this year considered a key test ahead of presidential polls in 2017.

Denmark's new centre-right government takes power

Copenhage - Lars Lokke Rasmussen was inaugurated as Denmark's new prime minister Sunday, at the head of a minority government made up solely of ministers from his centre-right Venstre party.

Sri Lanka's president sacks parliament: official

Colombo - Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Friday ordered the immediate dismissal of parliament, clearing the way for a snap election 10 months ahead of schedule.

Albanian opposition cries foul in local elections

Tirana - The Albanian opposition condemned what it called voting "irregularities" in local elections Sunday seen as a test of the Balkan country's fragile democracy as it pushes to join the European Union.

Polish opposition leader taps deputy for future prime minister

Varsovia - The leader of Poland's conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, created surprise on Saturday by nominating his deputy to become prime minister in the event of a conservative victory in autumn elections.

Burundi opposition denounces election commission

Bujumbura - Burundi's opposition late Friday slammed the election commission for steering the country towards a controversial presidential vote next month, branding it a tool of President Pierre Nkurunziza and his ruling party.

Crisis-hit Burundi confirms new dates for controversial elections

Bujumbura - Burundi will go ahead with parliamentary elections on June 29 and a presidential poll on July 15, the presidency announced Wednesday, confirming a delay in the votes caused by weeks of civil unrest.

Coalition or snap polls? Turkey's scenarios after election shock

Istanbul - A coalition or minority government and early elections are all possibilities as Turkey's political forces weigh an unprecedented situation after the ruling party lost its parliamentary majority in legislative elections.

Burundi government calls for 'frank' dialogue with opposition

Bujumbura - An aide to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Thursday called for "a frank and constructive dialogue" with the opposition, who have driven weeks of street protests against his bid to stand for a third term.

Sweet 16: The many Republicans on the White House trail

Washington - In 2008, there were 10 Republicans and eight Democrats competing to succeed George W. Bush in the White House.

Sanders enters U.S. presidential race

Washington - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders formally launched his populist, liberal campaign for the White House, reiterating his pledges to recalibrate an American economic system which created sharp disparities between rich and poor.

Putin wants 'constructive' Poland ties after Duda presidential win

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called for "constructive ties" with Poland as he congratulated conservative challenger Andrzej Duda on his surprise victory at presidential polls.

Notley packs room with final pre-election rally Special

Edmonton - Rachel Notley, leader of Alberta's NDP, drew a crowd of over 1,000 to the Kingsway Ramada on May 3 for the "Rally for Change."

France must not 'fall into the hands of the National Front': PM

Lisbon - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that nuclear-armed France must not fall into the hands of the National Front, during an interview on Portuguese TV.

Hungary's Jobbik seeks to shun racist image ahead of poll

Hungary - Once considered a far-right fringe party, Hungary's Jobbik is seeking to clean up its racist image and move towards the centre in an effort to challenge Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz.

Spain's PM Rajoy to stand for re-election

Madrid - Spain's conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday he will seek re-election in this year's national polls, despite facing criticism after his party was trounced in a key regional vote last month.

'Are Ukip racist?' tops Google search questions on UK politics

Users of Google in March have been busy hunting for answers to their queries about the UK's prominent political parties ahead of the General Election in May. Yet it seems that many are somewhat preoccupied with whether Ukip are racist or not.

Local vote 'slap' a bad omen for divided French left

Paris - A crushing defeat at the hands of his old rival Nicolas Sarkozy is a bad omen for President Francois Hollande two years ahead of a presidential election, analysts said Monday, with the far-right also growing in power.

Polling stations re-open in Nigeria after voting extension

Lagos - Voters unable to cast their ballot because of technical problems in Nigeria's general election returned to the polls on Sunday, as the main parties traded blows over the use of the technology.

Turkey PM denies rift with Erdogan, calls for presidential system

Istanbul - Turkey should adopt a presidential system, the country's Prime Minister has declared, refuting claims that he and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were at loggerheads over the idea.

Ahead of poll, aging Uzbek leader puts regime before family

Bichkek - Lambasted in the West over his human rights record, Uzbekistan's strongman Islam Karimov looks certain to extend his 25-year grip on power at a poll Sunday despite a bitter feud inside his own family.

Guinea govt urges dialogue after opposition protest call

Conakry - The government of Ebola-hit Guinea urged a dialogue after the three main opposition leaders called for renewed protests against President Alpha Conde over upcoming elections.

Guinea opposition leaders call for fresh protests

Paris - The leaders of the three main Guinean opposition parties met in Paris Tuesday and called for renewed protests against President Alpha Conde, who they claimed has "lost all legitimacy".

Triumphant Netanyahu comes under U.S. pressure

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, fresh from a sweeping election victory Wednesday, quickly came under pressure from Washington to step back from hardline campaign promises over the conflict with the Palestinians.

France's far-right sparks hope and fear ahead of election

Noyon - "She's my queen!" gushes Patricia, waiting for the arrival of Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front."Marine represents everything the people of France want. I don't know what to say –- she's wonderful, magnificent.

After years of delays, Haiti at last sets election dates

Port-au-prince - The Haitian government said Sunday it would hold elections later this year, a significant step that follows years of uncertainty about the fragile Caribbean nation's democratic process.

Obama weighs in on Clinton email controversy

Washington - President Barack Obama cautiously threw his weight behind his former top diplomat Hillary Clinton, as she battles a fallout over her use of a private email account while heading the State Department.

Tajikistan parliamentary voting sullied by pressure on opponents

Dushanbe - The ruling People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan (PDPT) is expected to sweep parliamentary voting Sunday in the former Soviet republic in polling tainted by complaints of pressure from opposition parties.
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