April 18, 2005 |
Millions of Cubans voted for 169 municipal assemblies across the communist-run island in elections President Fidel Castro defended as "the most democratic in the world." In Cuba, city and provincial leaders, as well as National Assembly members, are elected by citizens. Anyone can be nominated, including nonmembers of the Communist Party -- the only one recognized by Cuba's constitution. But the island's top leader is nominated and elected by the assembly.
October 7, 2005 |
A 27-year-old woman who is critical of Afghanistan's powerful warlords won one of the first seats declared in provisional results from landmark parliamentary elections. "I'm very happy and thankful for Afghan men and women who voted for me," said Malalai Joya, a women's rights worker from Farah, who won one of the province's five seats in the 249-seat National Assembly. "My first priority ... will be peace, security and stability, and to collect all the guns from warlords," she said.
June 11, 2007 |
Voters resoundingly endorsed President Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to overhaul the French economy, giving his party a commanding lead in the first round of parliamentary elections. His center-right Union for a Popular Movement won nearly 40% of the vote, while the opposition Socialists had about 25%, the Interior Ministry said. Sarkozy's conservatives have a strong advantage heading into the runoff next Sunday, when the party hopes to expand its majority in the 577-seat National Assembly.
January 4, 1993 |
A national assembly of tribal and religious leaders moved closer to creating an Islamic state in Afghanistan by banning all non-Muslim groups, according to news reports from Kabul. At the final session of the five-day assembly, the council was prepared to select 20% of its delegates to form the new Afghan Parliament. Meanwhile, several long-range rockets crashed into Kabul, killing at least five people and injuring a dozen others, Defense Ministry sources said.
March 6, 1989 |
Hundreds of police today broke up a protest by demonstrators seeking greater access to state-run media in the Baltic capital of Riga, tearing down banners and arresting 30 people, an activist said. Dozens of protesters gathered in front of Communist Party Central Committee headquarters in Riga to protest restrictions on Latvian state television, said Boris Sokolov, a member of the Democratic Union, an independent political party.
September 12, 1987 |
Disagreement over the timing of parliamentary elections forced a delay Friday in the first step toward approval of a constitutional amendment that would provide for a direct presidential election in December. A special session of the National Assembly that had been called for the sole purpose of considering the amendment was adjourned after a five-minute opening ceremony.
April 13, 1993 |
About 40 National Assembly deputies scratched, bit and punched each other and smashed chairs Monday after a voting dispute between governing Nationalist Party and opposition members. At one point, Nationalist deputy Li Pei-mei wielded her high-heel shoe in a scuffle with opposition deputy Chen Hsiu-hui. No serious injuries were reported.