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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.
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March 30, 2014 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turks went to the polls Sunday in municipal elections seen as a key test for the embattled ruling party as a corruption scandal swirls around Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle. The vote was widely viewed as a litmus test of damage done to the ruling Justice and Development Party, known by its Turkish initials AKP, by the graft probe and Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian stance in the face of it. The party handily won the last three general elections, but a poor performance in Sunday's balloting could derail Erdogan's presidential ambitions.
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February 5, 2011 | By Timothy M. Phelps, Jeffrey Fleishman and Laura King, Los Angeles Times
The leadership of Egypt's ruling party resigned Saturday, a purge that would have been beyond Egyptians' imaginations a few short weeks ago but was unlikely to placate a hard-core opposition frustrated by what it sees as costume changes in the government of President Hosni Mubarak. The dismantling of the National Democratic Party's power structure is a dramatic indication of the pressure on new Vice President Omar Suleiman to remove the vestiges of Mubarak's power and snip the ambitions of his son Gamal, a deeply unpopular figure who was among those resigning their posts.
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February 18, 2014 | By Victoria Butenko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - The 3-month-old uprising against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich flared to a deadly crescendo Tuesday with antigovernment protesters setting fire to the ruling party headquarters and security forces storming their tent camp in what officials labeled "an anti-terror operation. " The Interior Ministry reported that at least nine people were killed: two police officers, an official of the ruling Party of Regions and six protesters. Opposition lawmaker Oleksandra Kuzhel said the death toll had grown to 15 after security forces moved against the encampment with stun grenades and water cannons.
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August 31, 2009 | John M. Glionna and Yuriko Nagano
Japanese voters today handed a historic and humiliating defeat to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its half-century of nearly unbroken rule, opting for an untested opposition party that pledged to revive the nation's ailing economy. Signaling frustration over a declining quality of life, a record-high unemployment rate and unraveling social services, voters rebuked Prime Minister Taro Aso and a party that had dominated national politics here since the Eisenhower administration.
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November 26, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
This ancient city of congenial smiles is cranky. Scuffles and the boots of riot police rattle through streets ahead of Sunday's parliamentary elections that are not likely to ease public anger over President Hosni Mubarak's squeaky, but powerful, political machine. There is no doubt the National Democratic Party will sweep to victory from the southern deserts to the Nile Delta. Egypt is not known for cliffhangers. Limits on political freedom and three decades of emergency law have turned party challengers into mere annoyances.
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December 1, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times
In an election marred by boycotts and accusations of widespread fraud, Egypt's ruling party strengthened its hold on power by winning all but a few seats in the parliament, according to unofficial results announced Tuesday. The victory of the National Democratic Party was never in doubt, but its near-sweep of the legislature was a stunning defeat for the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition movement. The Islamist organization said it lost 62 of its 88 seats, with the remaining 26 to be decided in a runoff Sunday.
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July 13, 2012 | By Ivy Sam and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - First came the banning of a gay arts festival and the book "Islamic Sex. " Then the cancellation of U.S. singer Erykah Badu's concert after a publicity photo showed her with an "Allah" tattoo. Next on the banned list was British author Peter Mayle's sex-education book "Where Did I Come From?" and, in May, "Allah, Liberty & Love" by liberal Muslim activist Irshad Manji, which calls for reform and greater tolerance within Islam. Although state religious officials in Malaysia say preventing citizens' exposure to "un-Islamic" books, authors and entertainers is a moral necessity, opposition leaders offer a different view: It's largely about political power.
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March 30, 2009 | Laura King
Turkey's Islamist-leaning ruling party easily won municipal elections across most of the country Sunday but saw its overall margin of victory shrink and managed only a narrow win in Istanbul, the largest and most cosmopolitan city. The vote, a week before a planned visit by President Obama, highlighted the ongoing struggle between secular-minded Turks and their more devout compatriots. Turkey is overwhelmingly Muslim, but since its founding has observed a strict separation of mosque and state.
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February 7, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Tunisia's new interior minister on Sunday ordered the party of ousted President Zine el Abidine ben Ali to shut its offices and suspend all activities pending its formal dissolution as part of the purge of all vestiges of the former regime, state television reported. Interior Minister Farhat Rajhi, a former criminal court judge, has been a particularly zealous advocate of forcing former regime loyalists from power and has already purged his own ministry of top officials. He blamed members of the Constitutional Democratic Rally, the former ruling party, for a fresh outbreak of violence in the provinces that has left two dead in recent days.
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December 16, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Amid weeks of anti-government street protests, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich's ruling party won four of five seats in parliament during a byelection, a defeat for opposition forces seeking his ouster. The opposition quickly blamed the results of Sunday's balloting on fraud, while some analysts said the movement's dependence on protest over political organizing had showed. “The authorities are offering us a dialogue with one hand and with the other they are arrogantly cheating in elections,” Vitali Klitschko, a world heavyweight boxing champion and lawmaker told the Times Monday.
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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.
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November 22, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- A sleepy party primary campaign ended with a bang Friday when Labor chair Shelly Yachimovich lost the leadership of the party and with it the opposition in parliament. The party elected in her place Isaac Herzog, 53, an experienced politician who is also something of a  political blueblood: the son of former President Chaim Herzog and grandson of a pre-statehood chief rabbi. Herzog's victory speech Friday made clear his aim to unite the party's dueling agendas and camps in hopes of better challenging the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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July 30, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistani lawmakers elected a longtime stalwart of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ruling party as the country's new president Tuesday, paving the way for President Asif Ali Zardari's exit when his term ends Sept. 8.   Mamnoon Hussain, 73, will assume a presidency that is for the most part a ceremonial post. During his five years in office, Zardari wielded the most power within the civilian arm of the government not because he was president but because he headed up the ruling party during that time, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)
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July 28, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - Cambodia's longtime strongman, Prime Minister Hun Sen, extended his 28-year rule Sunday when his party was returned to power, according to preliminary election results, even as concern over corruption and illegal land appropriation fueled strong gains for the opposition. Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party won 68 of 123 seats in the legislature, compared with 55 seats for the main opposition party, Cambodian Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said, citing unofficial results.
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July 25, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Radhouane Addala
TUNIS, Tunisia - A Tunisian opposition figure was shot to death at his home Thursday, igniting widespread protests after the second high-profile political assassination this year in a country strained by the conflict between Islamist and secular  forces. Mohammed Brahmi, a member of parliament, was shot 11 times in front of his wife and daughter by men on a motorbike, according to news reports. Brahmi, an Arab nationalist,  served on the contentious panel that wrote Tunisia's proposed constitution.
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January 21, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
The country's former ruling party announced the dissolution of its leadership committee and has voiced support for the new government, state television reported Thursday, as thousands rallied against the party in the capital and other cities. The national unity government also approved a blanket amnesty law for outlawed political parties and exiled dissidents, state television reported. In addition, all Cabinet members who were members of the former ruling party resigned from it. For 23 years, President Zine el Abidine ben Ali's Constitutional Democratic Rally held sway over political and public life in Tunisia.
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January 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan's ruling party demanded an apology for an alleged CIA airstrike that killed at least 17 people. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and his ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, condemned the strike on a village near the Afghan border, which intelligence officials said targeted Ayman Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant. Aziz said he was scheduled to leave today for the United States to talk about security issues and meet with business leaders.
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July 8, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - The election for the prized post of governor of Baja California was thrown into disarray Monday, with both major candidates claiming victory and a preliminary vote count abruptly halted because of what authorities called a math error. The National Action Party, which has held the job since 1989, when it became the first party to defeat the Institutional Revolutionary Party in an election, was ahead by a few percentage points after polls closed Sunday night, officials said.
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April 30, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress on Tuesday defended a controversial decision to allow the broadcast on television of a video of an unsmiling Nelson Mandela, looking frail, pallid and uncomfortable, as people snapped flash photos of him when President Jacob Zuma and other ANC luminaries visited him at his house. Mandela, South Africa's first black president, was recently hospitalized with pneumonia and is recovering at home under medical supervision.
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