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Benin tense as president seeks re-election

Cotonou - Benin President Patrice Talon looked set to win re-election on Sunday in a tense ballot, with critics accusing him of rigging the race in his favour by sidelining opposition leaders.

Congo candidate who died on polling day won vote, party says

Brazzaville - The party of Congo opposition presidential candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas -- who died of Covid-19 on election day last month -- said Saturday that its own results showed he in fact won the vote.

Taliban slam Afghan president's proposal for new election

Kabul - The Taliban on Wednesday rejected a proposal by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to hold elections later this year, after months of peace talks between the two warring sides have made little progress.

Huge crowd fetes India PM Modi at rally for key state poll

Kolkata - A crowd of up to 800,000 turned out for a state election rally by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday, as he sought to unseat one of his fiercest critics in a campaign hit by violence.

UN calls for Somalia elections 'as soon as possible'

New York - The UN envoy for Somalia called Monday for an agreement on holding elections "as soon as possible" after gunfire broke out during an opposition demonstration in the capital Mogadishu last week.

Despite divisions, Catalan separatists poised to resume power

Barcelona - After winning more than half of the votes in Sunday's regional election, Catalonia's separatists have strengthened their chances of retaining power, neutralising the gains chalked up by Spain's ruling Socialists.

Ecuador's main left-wing candidate cannot vote in Sunday poll

Quito - The main left-wing candidate in Sunday's presidential election in Ecuador, the economist Andres Arauz, will not be able to vote in his own country because his residence is registered as being in Mexico, where he normally lives, the electoral authoritie...

Myanmar army raises prospect of coup after voter-fraud claims

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's powerful military on Tuesday raised the spectre of staging a coup as it ramped up demands for an investigation into alleged voter fraud during last year's election, swept by Aung San Suu Kyi's ruling party.

Portugal's re-elected president braces for greater role in politics

Lisbon - Portugal's re-elected President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa faces new challenges and a greater role in politics after the unprecedented rise of ultranationalists and the failure of the Socialist government to control a raging Covid pandemic.

Trump mulled replacing attorney general over election results: US media

Washington - Donald Trump considered replacing then-acting US attorney general Jeffrey A. Rosen with a Justice Department lawyer who would help him force Georgia officials to overturn the state's election result, US media reported late Friday.

'Democracy under siege': International press condemn Trump

Paris - The chaos unleashed on the US Capitol by Donald Trump's supporters dominated front pages across the world Thursday, with headlines such as "Trump sets fire to Washington", "Democracy under siege", and "The Coup of Madness".

Op-Ed: The Trumpian coup — desperate, frenzied and sometimes alarming

People across the Atlantic cheered the election results here in America, happy that Trump had lost to Joe Biden. But now, after Trump's desperate efforts to overthrow the election results and our government- Europeans are worried.

Indonesia polls go smoothly despite virus warnings

Jakarta - Millions of Indonesians went to the polls Wednesday in regional elections held despite warnings of a possible spike in coronavirus infections, as early results suggested the president's son and son-in-law won public office for the first time.

Indonesia holds nationwide poll despite virus warnings

Jakarta - Indonesia held nationwide regional elections Wednesday with more than 100 million voters expected to cast a ballot, despite warnings the poll would worsen the nation's Covid-19 crisis.

Ghana opposition warns against electoral fraud ahead of results

Accra - Ghana's opposition leader on Tuesday warned President Nana Akufo-Addo against any attempt to steal this week's election, as both sides claimed they were winning ahead of official results of the vote, largely deemed free and fair by observers.

Ghana set for close vote as rivals square off for third time

Accra - Ghanaians voted Monday in an election seen as a close fight between President Nana Akufo-Addo and his longtime rival John Mahama, vying to lead the country long viewed a beacon of stability in a troubled region.

Ghana set for close election in 'beacon of democracy'

Accra - Ghanaians voted Monday in an election seen as a close fight between President Nana Akufo-Addo and his longtime rival John Mahama, in a country long viewed a beacon of stability in a troubled region.

Ghana heads for two-horse presidential vote

Accra - Ghanaians go to the polls on Monday in a contest that will revive old rivalries between incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo and his predecessor, John Mahama.

Ghana heads for two-horse presidential vote

Accra - Ghanaians will go to the polls on Monday in a heated contest that will revive old rivalries between incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo and his predecessor John Mahama.

Biden win heralds sharper China strategy by US

Bejing - His style may be less combative than the defeated Donald Trump, but experts say a Joe Biden presidency will tighten Washington's squeeze on big power rival China over trade, human rights and security.

OSCE condemns Belarus torture, calls for fresh presidential vote

Vienna - A report from the OSCE election-monitoring organisation published on Thursday condemned "massive" rights abuses and torture in Belarus and called for a re-run of the country's August presidential polls in which President Alexander Lukashenko claimed vi...

Fact Check: Trump's premature declaration of victory

Washington - In an address early Wednesday from the White House, after polls had closed but while ballots were still being counted in battleground states, US President Donald Trump falsely declared that he had won reelection.

Lady Gaga, car horns trumpet Biden's grand campaign finale

Pittsburgh - Honking horns, huge American flags and pop superstar Lady Gaga: on the eve of the presidential election, Joe Biden brought an air of spectacle to workers' stronghold Pittsburgh as he capped a campaign largely curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Observers criticise Ukraine's Zelensky over election side poll

Kiev - International observers said Monday that local elections in Ukraine were "well-organised and transparent", but criticised a survey organised near polling stations at the initiative of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Mapuche people divided over benefits of Chile referendum

Santiago - As millions of Chileans have rallied over the last year against the government and for greater equality, the flag of the Mapuche indigenous people has often fluttered overhead.

Protests in Bolivia as Arce looks set for presidential poll win

La Paz - Hundreds of Bolivians protested Tuesday against the impending election win of Luis Arce, as the slow official count appeared set to confirm the leftist as their next president.

Trump sets hectic campaign pace, while frontrunner Biden stays home

Janesville - President Donald Trump campaigned at a frenetic pace Saturday in a three-state trip that started with a Michigan rally where he called opponent Joe Biden a "criminal" and pounded his claim that the Democrats are anti-American.

'Democratic deficit' as foreigners barred from Vienna council vote

Vienna - Vienna residents will elect the city council on Sunday but almost a third of them will not vote as they are foreigners, sparking criticism that the ballot is inherently unfair.Austria has one of the highest proportions of foreign residents in the EU.

Prestigious medical journal calls on public to vote Trump out

On Thursday, the New England Journal of Medicine published a blistering editorial taking President Trump and his administration to task over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic, urging voters to oust Trump because of his incompetence.

Trump's former campaign head hospitalized after suicide threat

Miami - Donald Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale was taken to a Florida hospital after his wife told officers he threatened to commit suicide, media reports said.
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NDP candidate Aaron Paquette, Edmonton-Mannin. Election night, October 19, 2015.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton will face each other in the 2016 US Presidential election
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NDP supporters anxiously watch the results come in on election night, October 19, 2015.
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Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
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Rachel Notley speaking to a packed room at the Kingsway Ramada on May 3.
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A poster for the party of Ayad Allawi, the former interim prime minister, takes centre stage.
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Janis Irwin and campaign volunteers. Election night, October 19, 2015.
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Thomas Mulcair in Edmonton with wife Catherine.
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Both the main parties saw a significant drop in support compared to the previous election
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