March 11, 2006 |
The opening round in Mexico's July presidential election is being fought this weekend in the country's most populous state, a horseshoe-shaped territory of bustling industrial suburbs and quaint rural towns around the nation's capital. Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the front-runner according to most polls, is campaigning widely in the state of Mexico ahead of local elections Sunday, which are seen as a bellwether for the national campaign.
July 2, 2005 |
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has made overtures to the Islamic militant group Hamas about joining his Cabinet in the near future, Palestinian officials said Friday. Hamas has not yet said whether it is willing to accept such an invitation. However, in recent months the group has made clear its interest in mainstream electoral politics, and it intends to field candidates in parliamentary balloting this year.
May 6, 2005 |
Amid colorful campaign banners and blaring car horns, Palestinians throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip voted Thursday in municipal elections seen as a bellwether for the new Palestinian leadership's prospects in parliamentary balloting this summer. At stake were 84 local councils and races focused primarily on hometown issues such as roads, schools and sewage.
March 6, 2005 |
Shiite Muslim candidates triumphed in parts of eastern Saudi Arabia in the second round of the predominantly Sunni kingdom's elections for local councils. Shiites swept the board in the town of Qatif and won five of six seats in the mixed Sunni-Shiite area of Hasa. But in the urban centers of Dammam, Dhahran and Khobar, where significant Shiite communities live, Sunni candidates won with apparent backing from hard-line clerics.
June 11, 2004 |
Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party lost support across Britain in local elections, partial returns showed. "There is clearly a strong protest vote.... Iraq is certainly a factor," Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said. With results from 65 of the 166 local councils declared, Labor was down 159 seats; the main opposition Conservative Party had gained 77 seats; and the Liberal Democrats, who opposed the war, gained 68 seats.
May 11, 2004 |
The Palestinian Authority declared its intention Monday to hold its first municipal elections but said a general vote for the presidency and parliament could not be held as long as Israel maintains a military grip on Palestinian cities and towns. The announcement was widely viewed as an effort to shore up the standing of the Palestinian leadership in advance of next week's meeting in Berlin of Prime Minister Ahmed Korei and Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. national security advisor.
March 29, 2004 |
Turkey's ruling conservative party won a strong mandate in local elections Sunday that could strengthen its hand in taking the largely Muslim country into the European Union and pushing for a settlement on the divided island of Cyprus. The Justice and Development Party, known as AKP, retained control of key municipalities including the capital, Ankara, and the country's largest city, Istanbul, while registering gains in regions long dominated by left-wing groups.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2004 |
Against the backdrop of federal and local investigations into possible corruption in Los Angeles, the City Council voted Tuesday to prohibit city commissioners from raising campaign funds for local elected officials. Mayor James K. Hahn, who appoints most of the city's 350 commissioners, immediately signed the new law, calling it "a significant first step in addressing the perceived link between fundraising and access to city government."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2004 |
Strict contribution limits for Ventura County supervisorial candidates have evened out fundraising for the March 2 primary campaign, finance reports released Thursday show. But Republican candidates vying for an open Assembly seat, unrestricted by such rules, have already raised more than $1 million in one of the most expensive primary campaigns in California. In three races for county supervisor, money is coming in slowly and steadily, rather than the flood of dollars seen in recent campaigns.