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Presidential Election

Afghan vote audit stalls again

Attempts to resume the audit of Afghanistan's presidential election stalled yesterday as candidate Abdullah Abdullah disagreed over the criteria to address alleged fraud in the June run-off election. Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani agreed to the inspection of all 8.1 million ballots cast in the June 14 poll in a deal brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, but the recount has since faced several suspensions as the candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots. The audit had been expected...

Joko Widodo party claims Indonesia election win

Joko Widodo party claims Indonesia election win

The party of popular Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo has claimed victory following Indonesia's hotly-contested presidential election. No official result has been announced, but a tally announced on TV showed Widodo, also known as Jokowi, won 53.15 percent of the vote. His rival, former general Prabowo Subianto, won 46.85 percent of the vote. He says he is withdrawing from the election process, alleging fraud, and has vowed to challenge the result. Indonesia's election commission is due to announce formal results at 20:00 local time (14:00 GMT). The chairperson of Widodo's PDI-P party, Megawati Sukarnoputri, claimed victory on behalf of Widodo and his running mate Jusuf Kalla. "I want to declare that we, the party that supports...

Taliban militants ‘killed’ for chopping voters' fingers

Taliban militants ‘killed’ for chopping voters' fingers

Afghan security forces say they have killed two Taliban insurgents accused of cutting off the ink-stained fingers of a group of elders who voted in Saturday's presidential election. The elderly men were seized after voting in western Herat province, and then mutilated. All voters must dip a finger into ink to register their ballot. Although the...

Syrians vote in presidential election

Syrians vote in presidential election

Voting is under way in Syria's presidential election amid heightened security. The poll takes place three years into a civil war in which tens of thousands of people have died and millions more are displaced. President Bashar al-Assad is widely expected to win a third seven-year term in office. However, critics of the Syrian government have...

Mortars 'kill 20' at pro-Assad rally in Deraa

Mortars 'kill 20' at pro-Assad rally in Deraa

Mortar fire has hit an election rally in support of President Bashar al-Assad in southern Syria, killing at least 20 people, state media and activists say. The attack happened as Assad supporters gathered in a tent in the city of Deraa on Thursday evening. President Assad was not at the event. At least 30 people...

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An Afghan Afghanistan

An Afghan Afghanistan

AS it braces for its upcoming presidential election, Afghanistan finds itself at another critical juncture, with its unity and territorial integrity at stake after 35 years of relentless war. Can Afghanistan finally escape the cycle of militancy and foreign intervention that has plagued it for more than three decades? Two key questions are shaping...

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