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November 2, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
President Hamid Karzai's only challenger today pulled out of next week's election runoff, saying the incumbent had turned down his demand for changes to prevent the rampant fraud that marred the first round of voting in August. The withdrawal of former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah threw into disarray a vote that U.S. officials and their allies had hoped would produce a credible partner in the fight against Taliban and Al Qaeda insurgents. Azizullah Lodin, head of the government-appointed Independent Election Commission, said the panel would have to consult lawyers before deciding whether to proceed with Saturday's vote with just one candidate.
October 28, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis and Julian E. Barnes
Eight U.S. troops were killed today in multiple bombings in southern Afghanistan, the military said, making October the deadliest month for Americans of the eight-year war. The latest deaths bring the number of U.S. service members killed during the month to at least 53, according to the independent website Today's deaths occurred in "multiple, complex" bombings in the south, the military said in a news release. No further details were provided. An Afghan civilian working with the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, in Afghanistan was also killed, and several service members were injured in the incidents, the military said.
October 21, 2009 | Rajan Menon, Rajan Menon is a professor of international relations at Lehigh University.
Politicians love photo-ops. So when Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) appeared alongside Hamid Karzai as the beleaguered Afghan president announced that he would agree to a runoff election, it was hardly surprising. Kerry was doing what politicians do. Moreover, the senator was in Kabul to supplement the Obama administration's efforts to lean on Karzai to hold another presidential vote, given widespread evidence that the one held in August was rigged. When Karzai claimed victory then, his main opponent, former Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, cried foul, a chorus of international criticism arose and an Afghan government infamous for its ineptitude and sleaziness looked even more illegitimate.
September 23, 2009 | Maeve Reston
A former film executive and a state assemblyman appeared headed for a runoff in Tuesday's special election to replace Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, according to partial returns. Mail-in ballots, which represent just a sliver of the nearly 124,000 registered voters in the 2nd Council District, showed Assemblyman Paul Krekorian and former Paramount Pictures Corp. executive Christine Essel jockeying for the top spot. Los Angeles school board member Tamar Galatzan, a deputy city attorney based in Van Nuys, was a distant third.
May 10, 2009 | Gale Holland
Two runoff elections are set for trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District. Auditor Tina Park is challenging incumbent Angela Reddock for Office No. 2, and attorney Robert Nakahiro is taking on incumbent Nancy Pearlman for Office No. 6. Trustees are elected at-large to run nine campuses serving Los Angeles city and county. Reddock, a lawyer, was appointed to the board in 2007. She said she would increase student transfer rates to four-year colleges.
December 3, 2008 | James Oliphant and Richard Fausset, Oliphant is a writer in our Washington bureau. Fausset is a Times staff writer.
Democrats' dream of a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate ended Tuesday when Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss held on to his seat in a closely watched runoff election. With 96% of the precincts reporting, Chambliss was leading Democratic challenger Jim Martin, 57.5% to 42.5%. A runoff became necessary when neither candidate won 50% of the vote in last month's election.
July 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Zimbabwe's main opposition party might sign an agreement as early as Monday to begin substantive talks with President Robert Mugabe's party on ending a political impasse that has worsened the country's severe economic crisis, opposition officials said. The apparent breakthrough came after South African President Thabo Mbeki proposed forming a team drawn from African regional bodies and the United Nations to help him mediate the crisis. The Movement for Democratic Change has refused to recognize Mugabe's victory in a June 27 runoff vote held after MDC candidate Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out, citing violence by ruling party militias.
June 29, 2008 | By a Times Staff Writer
As President Robert Mugabe's party said Saturday that it was poised for massive victory in Zimbabwe's one-candidate presidential runoff, President Bush called the vote "a sham election that ignored the will of the people" and warned of new sanctions.
June 25, 2008 | a Times Staff Writer
At meetings across the nation, officials of Zimbabwe's ruling party have warned voters how they will know who casts ballots against longtime President Robert Mugabe in Friday's scheduled runoff election: serial numbers. The officials tell people that the ballot number will allow the ruling party to identify who has voted for the opposition so that they can be killed later, according to people who attended meetings in three neighborhoods around Harare, the capital.
June 21, 2008 | From Reuters
Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is considering whether to pull out of the June 27 presidential runoff election, fearing it will be a charade, a spokesman said Friday. A growing number of African nations, the United States and former colonial power Britain have said they do not believe the balloting will be free and fair because of violence that the opposition blames on President Robert Mugabe.
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