Tag: Elections

Congo Court Affirms Results of Contested Presidential Election

The Constitutional Court of the Democratic Republic of Congo ruled early Sunday on the results of the country’s highly contested election, determining that the opposition candidate Félix Tshisekedi was in fact the winner and rejecting a challenge from another opposition figure who was the runner-up. The court’s decision affirmed the […]

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Congo President Didn’t Run for Re-election, but He’s Still in Control

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — The blaze that consumed the headquarters of the main opposition party of the Democratic Republic of Congo was so devastating that several men were charred beyond recognition, their bodies among dozens killed protesting the rule of President Joseph Kabila. “We’re dealing with a rogue […]

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Congo’s Almost Free Election

The Democratic Republic of Congo, the former Zaire, is one of the richest countries of the world in natural resources. But it also has a long and dismal history of colonial exploitation, dictatorial rule and war that has left its citizens among the poorest people of the world. That is […]

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Disputed Congo Election Result Leaves Country on Edge

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — In the days after Congolese voters went to the polls late last month, as ballots were being counted, the opposition candidate widely believed to have won the presidency offered assurances to the regime that has long ruled the country. “If I am elected, there […]

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Congo Election Panel Names Opposition Candidate the Victor of Presidential Vote

Congolese election officials, rejecting independent assessments that a prominent opposition figure was the runaway winner of the recent presidential election, on Thursday bestowed victory on a candidate considered more acceptable to the departing President Joseph Kabila. The decision dashed hopes that the country might experience its first undisputed transfer of […]

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Fratricide in Full Bloom as Israeli Election Campaign Heats Up

JERUSALEM — With elections a few months away, it is political fratricide season in Israel: From left to right, candidates are sticking knives in the ribs of their natural allies in hopes of elevating their own chances of succeeding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This week, the Zionist Union, a four-year-old […]

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Opposition Leader Is Seen by Church as Winning Congo Vote

LONDON — The Catholic Church, one of the few trusted institutions in Congo, has determined that a leading opposition candidate won this week’s presidential elections, a senior Western official and a presidential adviser said on Friday, setting up a potential confrontation with the Congolese government. The candidate, Martin Fayulu, a […]

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Congo Votes, Amid Ebola Crisis and Problems at Polls, After Years’ Delay

Long-anticipated elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, already delayed by two years and a week, finally got underway on Sunday, but they were deeply flawed, with more than a million voters excluded from casting their ballots, most of them in opposition strongholds. Across the country, many voters arrived at […]

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Bangladesh’s Choice: Authoritarianism or Extremism

ImageElection posters on a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Wednesday. After being in power for a decade, the Awami League faces serious anti-incumbent feelings.CreditMunir Uz Zaman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images DHAKA, Bangladesh — Elections in Bangladesh are never tame. There were boycotts during the last parliamentary election in 2014, and […]

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The DNC will require presidential nominees’ funding to come primarily from small-money, grassroots donors

Generally, the DNC is a fucking pro-establishment dumpster fire (which may explain why it’s foundering), but things are (finally) looking up. The DNC has announced a new rule for participating in the primary debates for the 2020 presidential nomination: candidates must raise the majority of their money from “grassroots” donors who make small-money […]

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Afghanistan Likely to Delay Election as Trump Presses for Peace Talks

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s presidential election, scheduled for April, is likely to be delayed, Afghan officials said on Wednesday, underscoring the country’s fragility as war with the Taliban rages and the United States presses for peace talks. The officials suggested a lack of technical preparations justified a delay of at […]

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Israel to Hold Early Elections in April

JERUSALEM — The leaders of the parties in Israel’s governing coalition announced on Monday that they would dissolve Parliament and that the country would hold elections in early April. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to run for a fourth consecutive term in office, and a fifth over all, […]

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Facebook Closes 5 Accounts Tied to Russia-Like Tactics in Alabama Senate Race

In an unusual move against Russian-style election deception inside the United States, Facebook said on Saturday it had removed five accounts of Americans who used its platform improperly in the hard-fought Alabama Senate election last year. Among those whose accounts were removed was a prominent social media researcher who worked […]

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How to Save Congo From Chaos?

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo — Congo is sliding toward chaos as outgoing President Joseph Kabila has failed to keep his promise to organize free, transparent and fair elections, which were scheduled to be held on Dec. 23. On Thursday the country’s electoral commission postponed the much-delayed vote by a […]

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Fighting Authoritarianism, One Mass at a Time

In Kinshasa’s Saint Joseph parish on an August afternoon, a crowd gathered to give thanks: The man they had risked their lives to oust was stepping down from the presidency. Just a week earlier, President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the Democratic Republic of Congo for nearly 18 years, enriching […]

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Michael Cohen Wanted to Cooperate in His Own Way. Prosecutors Had Other Ideas.

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former fixer, always had a high self-regard for his ability to talk — or bully — his way out of challenging situations, whether acting on his own or on behalf of Mr. Trump. So when federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York began […]

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Stacey Abrams-Backed Group Files Lawsuit Urging Georgia to Fix Its Raggedy-Ass Election System

Photo: Getty Stacey Abrams may have conceded in this year’s hotly contested governor’s race, but the fight to make Georgia elections fairer and more democratic is far from over. A political group backed by Stacey Abrams, Fair Fight Action, filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta on Tuesday against interim Secretary […]

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Taiwan Asked Voters 10 Questions. It Got Some Unexpected Answers.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — When Taiwan passed legislation last year that made it easier to propose and pass referendum questions, President Tsai Ing-wen called it a “historic moment” in the self-ruling island’s evolution from a military dictatorship to an open democracy. She got more than she bargained for on Saturday, when […]

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Afghanistan Considers Delaying Presidential Election

KABUL, Afghanistan — Election officials in Afghanistan are considering delaying next year’s presidential election by several months, amid disarray in counting votes from last month’s parliamentary balloting. Holding presidential elections by April 20 was previously one of international donors’ red lines in Afghanistan, especially after an embarrassing, four-year delay in […]

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Taiwan’s President Quits as Party Chief After Stinging Losses in Local Races

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The president of Taiwan resigned as leader of her party Saturday night after it suffered stunning local election defeats to the opposition Kuomintang, which favors closer ties with China. The island nation’s political landscape was shaken up by voters who delivered a sharp rebuke to President Tsai […]

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China Denies Interfering with Taiwan’s Election

China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday denied what it called “vague accusations” of Chinese interference in this weekend’s Taiwanese elections. International observers will closely watch the election as a measure of President Tsai Ing-wen’s political strength and Taiwan’s ability to resist intense pressure from mainland China. The Global Times slammed concerns voiced by “some mainstream […]

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