Elections

  • Madagascar pardons five political prisoners after reconciliation

    Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Wednesday pardoned five political prisoners who had got stiff prison sentences for allegedly plotting against his predecessor, who took power in a coup. The five men bore allegiance to former president Marc Ravalomanana and were accused of plotting…

    AFP
  • Trial of former Ivory Coast first lady starts Dec 26

    The trial of Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo, accused of "harming state security" for her role in deadly post-election violence in 2010 and 2011, opens Friday, a defence lawyer told AFP. The 65-year-old, nicknamed the "Iron Lady", and 82 supporters of her husband, former president…

    AFP
  • Japan parliament re-elects Abe as prime minister

    Shinzo Abe was re-elected by Japan's parliament on Wednesday to serve another term as prime minister after winning a renewed mandate for his "Abenomics" strategies that helped revive the world's ...

    Associated Press
  • The Washington Post's burning question: 'Is Santa a Republican or a Democrat?'

    Taking advantage of the Christmas season to ask a particularly hard-hitting question, The Washington Post spoke with 12 politicians, political consultants, and pollsters to ask how Santa Claus would vote.

    The Week (RSS)
  • Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote

    By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi won the country's first free presidential election, in the final step of a transition to democracy after an uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. Essebsi beat rival and…

    Reuters
  • Euro Above $1.22 As Dollar Surges

    The euro was steady on Wednesday morning as markets headed into a short day before the Christmas holiday. The common currency traded at $1.2202 at 9:00 GMT after U.S. data helped propel the dollar to new ...

    Benzinga
  • Conservatives Versus Liberals

    Judging by the tone of some political commentators, one might get an impression that the division between conservatives and liberals (sometimes also called progressives) is an essential ideological division within the nation. Nothing more wrong. The split into conservatives and liberals is a rift…

    Huffington Post
  • Sri Lanka president pledges fresh war crimes probe

    Sri Lanka's president, under pressure from his main opponent in upcoming elections, on Tuesday promised a judicial inquiry into allegations that his troops killed thousands of Tamil civilians at the end of the civil war.

    AFP
  • Again? Really? What if it's Bush-Clinton in 2016?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Again? Really?

    Associated Press
  • Japan prepares to reappoint Abe as prime minister

    Japan was preparing Wednesday to name Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to his next term in office following his victory in a Dec. 14 snap election that could give him another four years to pursue his agenda of ...

    Associated Press
  • Insurgency, fraud pose risks for credible Nigerian election

    By Julia Payne ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria has made an effort to clean up voter registration for elections next February, but holding a credible poll is a daunting prospect amid chaotic distribution of ballot cards and an Islamist insurgency that could disenfranchise millions. Nigeria's last…

    Reuters
  • Newly elected leader says Tunisia has 'turned page'

    Tunisia's new leader Beji Caid Essebsi said the country has turned the page on dictatorship after a presidential vote that European observers hailed on Tuesday as "credible and transparent". Essebsi, an 88-year-old who served under previous Tunisian regimes, was on Monday declared the winner of a…

    AFP
  • Wealthy donors sided with Democrats in midterms

    For as often as Democrats attack the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch for their heavy spending on politics, it's actually the liberal-minded who shelled out the most cash in the just completed ...

    Associated Press
  • Greek parliament fails for second time to elect a president

    Greece moved closer on Tuesday to early elections that could undermine its international bailout and rekindle a eurozone crisis after lawmakers failed for a second time to elect a president. The government candidate, EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas, fell 32 votes short of the required 200…

    AFP
  • The Wildest Story In The Republican Party Right Now

    By January 2016, the last Republican...

    Business Insider
  • Sudan election body says vote delayed over constitution change

    Sudan's electoral body said Tuesday it postponed elections to allow parliament to consider a constitutional amendment allowing President Omar al-Bashir to appoint state governors who were to have been elected. The National Electoral Commission pushed back polling by 11 days to April 13. NEC chief…

    AFP
  • Israeli police probing major political corruption case

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's police said Wednesday they are investigating dozens of public figures and politicians in a major corruption case that could impact upcoming elections.

    Associated Press