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All-night vote in Nigeria opposition presidential primary

Lagos - Members of Nigeria's main opposition party voted through the night to choose a candidate to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan at next year's elections, with a result expected later on Thursday.

Sri Lanka ruling party in purge ahead of snap polls

Colombo - Sri Lanka's ruling party was set for a purge Saturday after a senior minister declared he was challenging President Mahinda Rajapakse in snap elections called for January.

Suu Kyi party admits cannot win fight to change constitution

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party admitted Wednesday it cannot win its fight to change a constitutional provision barring her from Myanmar's presidency, as the powerful military signalled strong opposition to such amendments.

Over 30,000 rally in Tbilisi against government

Tbilisi - Over 30,000 opposition supporters rallied on Saturday in the Georgian capital Tbilisi against the government's Russia policy and the Kremlin's backing of separatists in the breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.

Obama backs Suu Kyi bid to change constitution

Yangon - US President Barack Obama urged Myanmar Friday to hold "free, fair and inclusive" elections as he threw his weight behind a bid by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to change a constitution that bars her from the presidency.

French opposition in turmoil amid 'plot' over Sarkozy

Paris - France's former prime minister Francois Fillon Sunday complained of a "plot" against him, amid media revelations he sought to interfere in legal procedures against Nicolas Sarkozy, a rival in the right-wing opposition.

Zimbabwe opposition hopes to reboot and challenge Mugabe

Harare - Enfeebled by its electoral loss to veteran leader Robert Mugabe and a post-vote split, Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change meets on Friday to elect new leaders and forge a new plan against Mugabe's 34-year rule.

Bahrain bans main opposition ahead of election

Dubai - A Bahraini court banned the main opposition Al-Wefaq movement for three months Tuesday, just weeks before a parliamentary election the group had already said it would boycott.

Mozambique upstart opposition vows non-violent alernative

Maputo - Mozambique's upstart opposition vowed to take on the two traditional political heavyweights by offering a non-violent alternative in polls taking place this week amid low-level conflict.

Bahrain opposition announces election boycott

Manama - Bahrain's Shiite-led opposition on Saturday announced a boycott of parliamentary elections next month, saying the vote would cement "totalitarian" Sunni rule in the polarised kingdom.

Russia extends house arrest for leading Putin critic

Moscow - A Russian court on Friday extended the house arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who faces graft charges his supporters say are politically motivated.

Scoffs and hopes as Khodorkovsky eyes Kremlin

Moscow - For a project whose end goal might be the removal from power of President Vladimir Putin, it had a very inauspicious start.

Moscow marchers condemn Kremlin role in Ukraine war

Moscow - Thousands of Russians on Sunday marched through Moscow to protest against the Kremlin's involvement in the Ukraine crisis, in the country's first major anti-war rally since fighting erupted in April.

Putin foe Khodorkovsky 'willing to lead Russia'

Moscow - Ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in jail after challenging the Kremlin, openly stated his political ambitions on Saturday by announcing he would be ready, if called upon, to lead Russia in times of crisis.

Op-Ed: Rwanda, in crisis, uses coercive force to achieve justice

What happens when moral law is absent and the arbitrary exercise of power becomes the only means of delivering justice? Tyranny ensues.

Turkey opposition rudderless after Erdogan triumph

Ankara - President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's election victory this month has left Turkey's opposition party riven by a revolt over its future with little prospect of a radical change in strategy.

Putin foe Navalny pleads innocent in latest fraud trial

Moscow - One of the most popular critics of President Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalny, pleaded innocent at the start Thursday of a trial for defrauding French cosmetics company Yves Rocher out of more than half a million euros."I do not admit guilt.

Turkish rival rejects strong presidency as 'Erdogan's fantasy'

Istanbul - The main opposition candidate in Turkey's presidential election rejected plans for a strong presidency as a "fantasy" of his rival Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that would not be accepted by the Turkish people.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi gains 5 mn signatures in presidency fight

Yangon - Myanmar's opposition said on Wednesday almost five million people had signed a petition seen as a step towards ending a constitutional ban on veteran activist Aung San Suu Kyi running for president.

Russia pulls plug on 'last independent TV show'

Moscow - A programme seen as Russia's last independent political show on mainstream television has been taken off the air amid an upsurge in anti-Western rhetoric, in a move condemned by Kremlin critics.

Turkey's Erdogan mocks rival for 'not knowing national anthem'

Ankara - A bitter row erupted Friday between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival in the presidential election after the premier accused his opponent of not recognising the Turkish national anthem.

Russian opposition leader kept under house arrest

Moscow - A Russian court rejected Friday a request by prosecutors to jail top opposition leader Alexei Navalny who will remain under house arrest during a high-profile trial seen as politically motivated by his supporters.

New Spain opposition leader vows to get country 'back on track'

Madrid - The new leader of Spain's main opposition Socialist Party vowed Sunday during his inaugural speech to lead the party back to power and get the crisis-hit country "back on track".

Millions back Suu Kyi call for Myanmar charter change

Yangon - Myanmar's opposition has gathered millions of signatures in support of changes to a constitution that bars its leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, in a show of political strength ahead of elections next year.

Kremlin snuffs out last avenues of dissent for Putin foes

Moscow - House raids, bugging devices, threats, violence and demeaning posters are just a few things Vladimir Putin's critics have faced while trying to run for city parliament in the Russian capital.

Syrian opposition elects Hadi el-Bahra as new leader

Istanbul - The Syrian National Coalition, the main exiled opposition group seeking the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad, on Wednesday elected Saudi-based Syrian opposition figure Hadi el-Bahra as its new president.

Kuwait leaders huddle ahead of opposition rally

- Kuwait's emir consulted with his crown prince and prime minister after four nights of clashes over the arrest of a prominent opposition leader ahead of a mass rally later Sunday.

Myanmar opposition youth seek louder voice

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar opposition party faced calls to inject new blood into its ageing top ranks as it opened a landmark conference Saturday dedicated to its youth wing.

Kuwait police fire teargas to break up opposition demo

- Kuwaiti police fired teargas and stun grenades to disperse an opposition rally demanding the release of prominent dissident Mussallam al-Barrak, activists said on Thursday.

Ihsanoglu: Devout intellectual hoping to de-throne Turkey leader

Ankara - The softly spoken, bespectacled intellectual hoping to defeat Turkey's powerful premier in the country's first direct presidential election faces a steep uphill struggle.
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