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Political drama in Thailand as long-delayed election nears

Bangkok, Thailand - With Thailand's long-delayed elections just over a month away, a court ruling is expected to deal a major blow to parties loyal to ousted ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and tip the scales in favour of the country's military government - even as many voters appear weary of the generals after five years of…

Nigeria leader says President Buhari ‘can’t hold fair election’

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has accused the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of planning to rig the upcoming national elections in February. In a statement issued on Sunday, Obasanjo in Abeokuta city urged the Nigerians to resist any plot by the government to manipulate the vote. "I personally have serious doubts about the present INEC's integrity, impartiality and…

India’s mega Kumbh festival gets a BJP boost ahead of election

New Delhi, India - Over a hundred million people will be taking a holy dip at the confluence of two rivers in northern India's Prayagraj city as the eight-week long Kumbh festival began on Tuesday. The Kumbh, billed as the world's biggest gathering of humanity, is a mass pilgrimage in which Hindus gather in specific locations…

Pushing agenda: Bollywood cashes in on India’s election year

Bollywood filmmakers are seeking to cash in on this year's Indian general election with a host of political movies, some of which smack of propaganda according to critics. The Hindi film industry has a long tradition of producing politically tinged flicks but industry watchers say 2019's offerings are more partisan than ever before. "What we…

Madagascar court declares Rajoelina as election winner

Madagascar's High Constitutional Court has declared former leader Andry Rajoelina as the winner of the country's bitterly contested presidential election. Rejecting all complaints filed over the results, the court on Tuesday said Rajoelina won with more than 55 percent of the vote in the Indian Ocean island nation's runoff election last month. Rajoelina's main challenger, former…

India plans job quotas for upper caste poor as election nears

New Delhi, India - Months ahead of crucial general elections, India's government plans to reserve 10 percent of government jobs for the poor, including the country's historically privileged upper castes. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP-led) government on Tuesday moved a constitution amendment bill in the lower house of parliament, seeking an increase in the cap…

Supreme Court agrees to wade into politically explosive issue of election...

The Supreme Court last considered partisan gerrymandering last March. In June, the justices punted rather than handing down a definitive ruling.(Photo: SHAWN THEW, EPA-EFE)WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court agreed Friday to re-enter the explosive debate about the way congressional and state legislative districts are drawn, instantly turbo-charging what had been a relatively sleepy docket of cases.Much as…

Delays mark tense DR Congo election

Kinshasa, DRC - An armed militia overrun several polling stations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as millions went to the polls to elect a new president. Maimai fighters attacked voting stations in six townships in Lubero town in North Kivu province forcing voters to cast their ballot for a candidate of their choice, a local government…

DRC presidential election: What you should know

Kinshasa, DRC - Millions of voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will head to the polls tomorrow to choose a successor to long-time President Joseph Kabila. President Kabila is stepping down after ruling the mineral-rich country for 17 years and his handpicked successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, is one of 21 candidates competing for the…

Explainer: Bangladesh general election

On Sunday, Bangladesh will vote in its 11th general elections, being held amid widespread violence, deep mistrust, and wrangling between the government and the opposition. Despite earning global plaudits for sheltering nearly a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the nine-year tenure of incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was marked by allegations of creeping authoritarianism, crushing…
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