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Blow to Merkel coalition as ally loses SPD leadership race

Berlin - Germany's Deputy Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Saturday lost the leadership race of his centre-left SPD party, throwing the future of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition into question.

Hong Kong leader vows to 'listen' as voters send sharp rebuke to Beijing

Fpo - Hong Kong's deeply unpopular leader vowed Monday to "listen humbly" to voters after the pro-democracy camp scored a crushing victory in community-level elections that revealed broad public support for a protest movement that has stirred months of viole...

Hong Kong democracy camp heads for stunning polls win: local media

Fpo - Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp was headed for a thumping victory in district council elections, local media reported on Monday, a vote widely seen as a referendum on the Beijing-backed government's handling of months of violent political unrest.

Former soldier Bio wins Sierra Leone vote but opponent vows to contest

Freetown - Sierra Leone's opposition challenger Julius Maada Bio secured his first term in office as a civilian Wednesday when he was declared the winner of a controversial presidential run-off -- but his opponent vowed to contest the result.

Egypt's Sisi wins second term with 96.9% of vote: state media

Apo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has won a second term with 96.9 percent of valid votes, state media reported on Friday, raising a previous tally from the preliminary count.

Egypt's Sisi wins second term with 92% of vote: state media

Apo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected for a second term with about 92 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed on Thursday, with just over 40 percent of voters casting ballots.

Alabama Democrat projected to win US Senate race, blow to Trump

Montgomery - Democrat Doug Jones scored a stunning upset victory Tuesday in a fiercely contested US Senate race in conservative Alabama, defeating a controversial Donald Trump-backed Republican who failed to overcome damaging accusations of sexual misconduct.

Honduras concludes vote count, but no winner declared

Tegucigalpa - Honduras on Monday finally concluded a much-delayed count from a presidential election held more than a week ago, but refrained from declaring incumbent leader Juan Orlando Hernandez the outright winner as soldiers tried to keep a lid on simmering post...

Honduras concludes vote recount, no winner declared

Tegucigalpa - Honduran electoral authorities concluded a recount early Monday, more than a week after a bitterly contested presidential election, that put President Juan Orlando Hernandez in the lead, but they held back from officially declaring him the winner.

S.Africa's Zuma survives no-confidence vote: Speaker

Cape Town - South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday survived a parliamentary vote of no confidence, as ruling ANC lawmakers stuck by their leader despite divisions and fierce criticism of his rule.

Outgoing PM Joseph Muscat wins Malta election: preliminary count

Valletta - Outgoing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has retained power in Malta after a general election overshadowed by corruption allegations against his Labour Party administration, a sample count of ballots showed Sunday.

Algeria ruling coalition wins legislative elections

Alger - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's party and its coalition ally have won a clear majority in parliamentary elections, the interior ministry said Friday of a vote marred by a low turnout.

I.Coast constitutional referendum passes, opponents cry foul

Abidjan - An opposition-boycotted referendum to change Ivory Coast's constitution has easily passed, electoral officials said, but opponents swiftly dismissed the vote as fraudulent.

Seychelles opposition win parliamentary vote

Victoria - The opposition in the Seychelles has won parliamentary polls, putting it in control of the National Assembly for the first time in two decades, according to official results published Sunday.

Thais vote for junta-crafted constitution: early results

Bangkok - Thailand voted for a new constitution drawn up by the ruling junta, preliminary results showed Sunday, despite claims by opponents it will entrench the military's power and deepen divisions.

Brexit reactions, in quotes

London - Britain's historic vote to leave the EU has sparked a torrent of reactions from around the world, from anguish in Brussels to delight from eurosceptics elsewhere in Europe.

Darfur votes for five-state status quo: referendum chief

Khartoum - Sudan said on Saturday almost 98 percent of Darfur voters favoured maintaining the war-torn region as five states in a referendum that faced international criticism and an opposition boycott.

Former maths professor Touadera wins C.Africa presidential vote

Bangui - Faustin-Archange Touadera, a former prime minister and maths professor, was Saturday declared the winner of a presidential election in the Central African Republic seen as crucial to turning the page on years of sectarian violence.Touadera won 62.

At least 20 women elected in Saudi: Commission

Riyadh - At least 20 women have won seats for the first time in Saudi Arabia's municipal polls, the elections commission said on Monday."The number of women winners until now has reached 20," Gadei al-Qahtani, the commission spokesman, told AFP.

Seychelles president in lead as vote heads for runoff: Official

Victoria - The Seychelles' incumbent President James Michel won a strong lead in the remote archipelago's poll but came short of securing an outright majority, and must now face opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan in an unprecedented runoff.

'Clear no' in Danish vote on EU justice rules: PM

Copenhagen - Danes rejected in a referendum Thursday a government proposal to deepen the EU member's participation in the bloc's justice cooperation, Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said."It is a clear no...

More than 90% vote to allow Congo leader's bid to extend rule

Brazzaville - More than 90 percent of people voting in a controversial referendum in the Republic of Congo approved a bid by President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his 31-year stay in office, according to official results announced on Tuesday.A total of 92.

Lukashenko wins 83.49% of Belarus vote: election chief

Minsk - Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has won a fifth term with 83.49 percent of the vote, the head of the central electoral commission said on Monday.

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza wins third term

Bujumbura - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has won a predicted but controversial third consecutive term in office, according to official election results announced Friday.Nkurunziza won 69.

EU fails to reach migrant resettlement target

Brussels - EU ministers failed to agree Monday on how to redistribute an agreed total of 40,000 Syrian and Eritrean migrants from overstretched Italy and Greece, officials said.

Scenes of joy as Greece's 'No' voters celebrate victory

Atenas - Cheering and chanting, thousands of Greeks who voted to say 'No' to bailout austerity measures crowded into central Athens on Sunday to celebrate a landslide referendum victory, seemingly oblivious to the threats facing the near-insolvent country.

Nigeria's ruling party regains control of key oil state: Election results

Port Harcourt - Nigeria's ruling party on Monday won back control of the key oil-producing state of Rivers, official results showed on Monday, after rigging claims by the main opposition.

Morales gets absolute majority in Bolivia legislature

La Paz - In addition to his own reelection, Bolivia's President Evo Morales kept his absolute majority in congress in the October 12 general elections, authorities said Wednesday.

Botswana president wins second term in power

Gaborone - Botswana President Ian Khama has won a second term in power after his party secured a parliamentary majority at the polls, an official announced Sunday.

Swiss turn down world's highest minimum wage: pollster

Geneva - The Swiss have voted down the world's highest minimum wage, which would have offered workers in one of the world's most expensive nations at least $25 an hour, a polling agency said.
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