April 29, 2008 |
The two factions of Zimbabwe's divided opposition Movement for Democratic Change have reached a deal to cooperate in parliament and claimed Monday that some ruling party lawmakers had defected, steps that give them a solid parliamentary majority. The MDC factions together control 109 seats in the 210-member parliament following March 29 elections. An independent lawmaker, Jonathon Moyo, said Monday that he also might side with the opposition in the new parliament.
July 2, 2003 |
Mexico's interior minister pledged Tuesday to give Congress a proposal by Sept. 1 that would enable Mexicans living abroad to vote in the nation's 2006 presidential election. The 10 million Mexicans living abroad were technically granted that right in 1996, but delays in deciding how to set up registration and voting booths have in effect blocked them from doing so. About 8 million Mexicans live in the United States. "We will present a bill before Sept.
June 27, 1993 |
The nation's military ruler on Saturday announced new Nigerian presidential elections to replace the June 12 balloting he annulled, and he barred the two candidates who ran earlier from running again. Gen. Ibrahim Babangida made the startling announcement in his first nationwide television address since he abruptly voided the election, which was contested by two wealthy friends whose parties he created. He gave no date for the elections.
October 18, 1992 |
Party platforms and candidates' positions on issues are important, but ultimately presidential elections for many voters come down to a choice among individuals. Over the years, American politics has seen repeated examples of campaign promises broken, platforms abandoned and stands on issues altered. For that reason, voters often--and wisely--listen with some skepticism to candidates' professed stands on the issues of the day.
May 11, 2004 |
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, seeking the legitimacy that has eluded her since she took over as president three years ago, was narrowly leading challenger Fernando Poe Jr. in early returns today. The voting was marred by violence, as at least 20 people died in election-related incidents Sunday and Monday, authorities said. Most of the deadly disputes occurred as local candidates campaigned.
May 27, 2005 |
Voters overwhelmingly cleared the way for Egypt's first contested presidential election, according to referendum returns released Thursday. Government opponents dismissed the results. It was a day of mixed news for President Hosni Mubarak as the White House denounced the beating of protesters during Wednesday's vote. "The idea of people expressing themselves in opposition to the government, and then getting a beating, is not our view of how democracy ought to work," President Bush said.
June 13, 1994 |
Indian rebels overwhelmingly rejected the Mexican government's peace proposal, saying that it does not fulfill their political, economic and social demands, but both sides rushed to provide assurances Sunday that resumed fighting is unlikely. The rejection puts the government in a tight spot two months before the Aug. 21 presidential elections.
August 6, 2000 |
Brent Hinkley was only 6 years old when he saw his first theatrical production, the 1968 off-Broadway musical "How to Steal an Election." "It was the first play I ever went to," he says. "I still remember these amazing, exciting visuals happening onstage--people coming into the audience and involving them in it--and thinking, 'Wow! This is the greatest thing ever. I want to do it!' " The burlesque political comedy created by William F.
June 23, 2002 |
Reggie Fullwood, the City Council's junior member, recalls the immense frustration and sense of helplessness like it was yesterday. It was the last presidential election, and thousands of ballots cast by fellow African American voters were being tossed out. "I can remember sitting there watching TV and thinking, I'm an elected official, but I can't do anything," said Fullwood, 27. "When my grandmother called and said, 'I wonder if my vote counted,' I couldn't do anything."
October 16, 2006 |
Banana billionaire Alvaro Noboa edged left-wing economist Rafael Correa in the presidential election's first round Sunday, setting up a runoff between two candidates who are bitter rivals and polar opposites, according to partial results. With nearly two-thirds of the ballots counted, Noboa had 26.8% of the vote and Correa 22.4%, according to electoral authorities.