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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.
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April 26, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan presidential race is set for a June runoff between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, according to official results released Saturday. The preliminary tally showed Abdullah winning nearly 45% of the 6.9 million votes cast, and Ghani 31.5%. Election officials will examine hundreds of reports of voting irregularities before issuing final results on May 14, but the allegations didn't appear widespread enough to change the results substantially -- or to give Abdullah the absolute majority needed to avoid a runoff.
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February 9, 2000
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WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
DAMASCUS, Syria - Presidential elections will be held in Syria on June 3, the government announced Monday, even as a mortar barrage on the capital highlighted the relentless violence in the country. President Bashar Assad is expected to run and handily win a third seven-year term, though new laws mean he could face a challenger for the first time. Assad has yet to officially declare his candidacy. The United States and allies calling for Assad to step down denounced the planned balloting as “absurd” and a “parody of democracy,” in the words of a tweet from Edgar Vasquez, a State Department spokesman.
WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
DAMASCUS, Syria - Presidential elections will be held in Syria on June 3, the government announced Monday, even as a mortar barrage on the capital highlighted the relentless violence in the country. President Bashar Assad is expected to run and handily win a third seven-year term, though new laws mean he could face a challenger for the first time. Assad has yet to officially declare his candidacy. The United States and allies calling for Assad to step down denounced the planned balloting as “absurd” and a “parody of democracy,” in the words of a tweet from Edgar Vasquez, a State Department spokesman.
NEWS
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%.
WORLD
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.
NEWS
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.
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April 20, 1992 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 24, 1989 | MARILYN RASCHKA and KIM MURPHY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
In the circus of speculation that surrounds Hillary Rodham Clinton and her presidential prospects, Chelsea Clinton dropped a bombshell Thursday with her announcement that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a child. The former secretary of State has made no secret of her desire to be a grandmother, and sources close to her have said she would have serious reservations about diving into the grueling schedule of a presidential campaign if those demands coincide with her daughter's pregnancy.
OPINION
April 16, 2014 | By Robert Zaretsky
Though the votes have not yet been counted in Thursday's presidential election in Algeria, the result is all but decided: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will win a fourth term. Bouteflika's long reign is unprecedented (and unconstitutional), and so is the nature of the election. The ailing and frail 77-year-old Bouteflika had not made a single public or televised campaign appearance until this month's meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in which Bouteflika looked more dead than alive.
WORLD
April 8, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - It's not as if Egypt's presidential race is a crowded one. But firebrand pro-army lawyer Mortada Mansour, who declared his candidacy over the weekend, is denying - vehemently - that he is only running in order to stage proxy attacks on former Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah Sisi's main opponent. Until Mansour jumped into the race, Sisi, who is heavily favored to win, had only one declared challenger, liberal politician Hamdeen Sabahi. That has led many to suggest that Mansour's main function as a candidate will be to smear Sabahi, allowing the former army chief to remain above the fray.
NATIONAL
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.
WORLD
March 30, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Egypt's election commission said Sunday that the first round of voting for a new president would be held May 26 and 27 and that any runoff would conclude within a month of that. Originally, the polling was to have taken place by mid-April. But the odds-on favorite, Abdel Fattah Sisi, took his time declaring his candidacy. He finally did so last week. Sisi, who stepped down as defense minister in order to run, led a coup against elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July.
WORLD
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)
WORLD
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.
WORLD
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.
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