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August 7, 2013 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed opposition leader Henrique Capriles' lawsuit seeking the nullification of April presidential election results and alleging voter irregularities and levied a $1,500 fine against him for "offensive and disrespectful allegations" against the court and other officials. The court also asked public prosecutors to make a “detailed analysis” of whether criminal charges should be filed against Capriles for having made unfounded favoritism charges against government officials.
March 31, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli and David Lauter
WASHINGTON - Faced with a strong prospect of losing control of the Senate in November, Democrats have begun a high-stakes effort to try to overcome one of their party's big weaknesses: voters who don't show up for midterm elections. The party's Senate campaign committee plans to spend $60 million to boost turnout. That's nine times what it spent in the last midterm election, in 2010. The Democratic National Committee has begun to make the sophisticated data analysis tools developed to target voters in the 2012 presidential campaign available to all the party's candidates.
February 9, 2000
A day before the presidential election of 1948, a Gallup poll predicted that Thomas E. Dewey would be elected by a large margin. And yet when the final votes were tallied, Harry S. Truman became the 33rd U.S. president in part through the success of his folksy, whistle-stop campaign. Become a more knowledgeable voter by learning about the process of presidential elections through the direct links on The Times' Launch Point Web site:
March 13, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Salvadoran electoral authorities on Thursday declared leftist Vice President Salvador Sanchez Ceren the winner of a bitterly contested presidential election, but the political right refused to accept the loss. Tension continued to run high in the small Central American country four days after a runoff vote favored Sanchez Ceren, a former guerrilla commander, by the tiniest of margins, according to a final count by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. The tribunal said Sanchez Ceren, of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN)
November 12, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Bulgarian voters, angry over poverty and allegations of graft, snubbed the political establishment, forcing the presidential election into a second round. Incumbent Petar Stoyanov will face Socialist Party leader Georgi Parvanov in the runoff on Nov. 18. Initial turnout was only about 39% of eligible voters. Partial official results are due today. According to the law, a runoff must be held if no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, or if turnout is below 50%.
December 19, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Tanzania's ruling party candidate has been overwhelmingly elected president, the electoral commission said. Revolutionary Party candidate Jakaya Kikwete received 80.1% of the vote in Wednesday's balloting, National Electoral Commission Chairman Lewis Makame said. Ibrahim Lipumba of the opposition Civic United Front attracted 11.6%. The Revolutionary Party also won 206 of the 232 parliamentary seats that were decided.
August 19, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Lebanon's presidential elections were postponed Thursday after Parliament failed to reach a quorum as a result of a boycott by hard-line Christians opposed to a Syrian-backed candidate who was favored to win. Interior Minister Abdullah Rassi accused Christian militiamen of "forcefully preventing" 17 members of Parliament from attending the meeting to vote for former President Suleiman Franjieh, who has close ties to Syria.
The opposition Democratic Progressive Party launched a three-day series of demonstrations Sunday to press for a constitutional amendment that would provide for direct presidential elections. About 5,000 protesters marched through the streets of Taipei in a light rain for three hours Sunday afternoon, chanting slogans demanding constitutional reform and the release of political prisoners. Most marchers then gathered in a sports stadium for an evening rally.
Lebanon settled Thursday into an uneasy day of mourning for assassinated President Rene Mouawad amid hasty preparations to select a new national leader and escalating fears that Mouawad's murder could demolish the country's fragile peace. Syrian-controlled areas of Lebanon shut down for a "strike of denunciation" over the massive bomb blast that killed Mouawad and 23 others Wednesday.
November 17, 1988 | MEG SULLIVAN, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 5 months after Mexico voted in a new president, a group of Mexican citizens and Mexican-Americans living in Oxnard continues to protest the outcome of the election, which the country's opposition parties believe was rigged. Through announcements on a local Spanish-language radio station, petition drives and local political rallies featuring Mexican politicians, the group drives home its view that the election was stolen from the most popular opposition candidate, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas.
March 10, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Taliban threatened to attack next month's presidential election in Afghanistan, calling on its followers “to use all force” in targeting poll workers and political activists and to disrupt balloting. “We once again call on all of our countrymen to keep away from electoral offices, voting booths, rallies and campaigns so that, may God forbid, their lives are not put into danger,” read a statement released Monday by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as the Taliban likes to be called.
March 9, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - El Salvador's presidential runoff was so close Sunday night that election officials declined to name a winner until a final count Monday. Adding to the confusion of the evening, left- and right-wing parties each declared victory, while conservative candidate Norman Quijano, who was trailing by just a few thousand votes, alleged in a blistering speech that the count was fraudulent. With nearly 3 million votes tallied - more than 99% of the total - Quijano, of the right-wing Arena party, was trailing Vice President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, who was a leftist guerrilla during the country's civil war, by 4,403 votes, according to the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal.
March 8, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Egyptian authorities have enacted a new law that makes it impossible for results in the upcoming presidential election to be disputed in court, a presidential advisor said Saturday. The measure was approved by the country's interim President Adly Mansour as part of final preparations for a presidential vote this spring. The presumed front-runner, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah Sisi, has yet to declare his candidacy. The vote was to have been held by mid-April, but the weeks-long delay in wroking out the election law makes that highly unlikely.
February 22, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - The most ardent foe of Ukraine's embattled president was freed from prison Saturday and rushed to the capital, where she was greeted by tens of thousands of supporters chanting her name, some so overcome by emotion that they fainted. Events in Kiev and around the country had the feel of a revolution nearing its culmination. Having retreated to his eastern stronghold, President Viktor Yanukovich fulminated in an Internet clip against "Nazis" and "bandits. " He insisted he still was the country's leader and that he would not resign.
January 26, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Egypt's military-backed government on Sunday declared its intention to hold presidential elections by mid-April, in what authorities described as a milestone on the path to democracy. The move came amid one of the most sustained crackdowns in decades on political opponents of a sitting Egyptian government. The timing of the vote - now formally set to be held before parliamentary elections - was seen as likely to help key figures in the current administration, particularly army chief Abdel Fattah Sisi, cement their hold on power.
November 25, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Chanting “take to the streets” Monday, Honduran supporters of the country's first major pro-left political party vigorously protested official presidential election results that showed their candidate losing. Backers of candidate Xiomara Castro accused electoral authorities of fraud, saying they were manipulating results to hand victory to her chief rival, an old-style politician from the conservative ruling party. Castro, wife of the president ousted in a 2009 coup, was trailing the top vote-getter, Juan Orlando Hernandez, by a margin of about 5 percentage points, according to the official tally with more than half of the ballots counted.
November 24, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Juan Orlando Hernandez, candidate of the conservative ruling National Party, took an early lead in Honduras' presidential election Sunday, a vote overshadowed by deadly violence, endemic poverty and the lingering devastation of a military coup. With 43% of the vote counted, the national election board said Hernandez had 34% to slightly less than 28.5% for Xiomara Castro, but cautioned that the results were preliminary. Castro is the founder of a new pro-left party and the wife of the president ousted in a 2009 coup.
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