Indigenous protesters in Ecuador demand presidential vote recount

Hundreds of protesters backing presidential candidate Yaku Perez call for recount outside electoral council offices in Quito. Hundreds of Indigenous protesters rallied outside the offices of Ecuador’s electoral council in Quito, the capital, on Tuesday to demand a recount of this month’s presidential vote. Third-place finisher Yaku Perez, an Indigenous environmental activist, has been walking […]

Moldova court rules against presidential decree on new government

President Maia Sandu’s nomination of Natalia Gavrilita as prime minister for a second time after Parliament’s objection is unconstitutional, top court rules. Moldova’s constitutional court has said it is unconstitutional for President Maia Sandu to nominate Natalia Gavrilita as prime minister for a second time after Parliament had already voted to reject the nomination. Tuesday’s […]

Arauz and Lasso advance to Ecuador’s presidential runoff

Socialist Andres Arauz and conservative Guillermo Lasso will compete in the second round of the polls in April. Progressive economist Andres Arauz will face conservative former banker Guillermo Lasso in the second round of Ecuador’s presidential election on April 11, according to the country’s National Electoral Council. Arauz, the 36-year-old protege of former socialist President […]

What is at stake in Niger’s presidential election runoff?

Voters in Niger will head to the polls on Sunday to choose the country’s next president, in a runoff vote that pits outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou’s chosen successor against the country’s first democratically elected president. Mohamed Bazoum, the candidate for the ruling Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism, had secured 39.3 percent of votes in […]

Algeria frees first activists after presidential pardons

Some 70 people are in prison over their links with the Hirak movement or other peaceful opposition political activity, says rights group. Algeria released a dozen “Hirak” protest movement activists from jail on Friday, the first batch freed under presidential pardons issued ahead of the second anniversary of a popular uprising. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in […]

Ecuador suspends recount in presidential polls

Third-place candidate Yaku Perez requested the recount, saying fraud was committed to keep him out of the runoff. Ecuador’s National Electoral Council has suspended a recount of votes from the first round of the presidential election requested by left-wing Indigenous candidate Yaku Perez, who has alleged fraud denied him a place in the runoff. The […]

Ecuador to conduct partial recount in disputed presidential polls

Electoral body orders partial recount after meeting between two presidential candidates still vying for second place. Ecuador’s top electoral body has said it will conduct a partial recount of February 7 presidential polls after a request from two candidates still fighting for second place. Indigenous activist Yaku Perez and right-wing former banker Guillermo Lasso filed […]

Polls open in Ecuador’s tight presidential election

Ecuadorians are heading to the polls to pick a new president in an election held under the shadow of a severe economic crisis and discontent over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Sunday’s vote will see the South American nation’s 13.1 million voters choose a successor to unpopular socialist President Lenin Moreno, as well elect lawmakers […]

Ecuador’s Presidential Election Is a Referendum on the Past

QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador is holding a presidential election on Sunday, but the name on many voters’ lips is not on the ballot. Here in Ciudad Bicentenario, a neat housing project on the Andean slopes of the capital, Quito, it is on Rafael Correa that most hang their hopes of overcoming the overlapping crises brought […]

Portugal to hold presidential election as COVID cases surge

People are only allowed to leave home for essential work or trips and to vote under Portugal’s current lockdown. Portuguese voters – largely confined to their homes due to a strict COVID-19 lockdown – will pick a new president on Sunday, but many fear going to the polls could worsen a surge in coronavirus cases […]

Donald Trump’s presidential legacy in numbers

An overview of the state of the nation as Joe Biden takes over as US president after four years of Donald Trump. Joe Biden will be taking an oath of office as president of the United States on Wednesday as Donald Trump’s presidency ends after four tumultuous years. Trump has been criticised for mishandling the […]

Uganda’s Museveni declared winner of presidential election

BREAKING Security personnel were out in force patrolling the capital, Kampala, on Saturday ahead of the official results. Uganda’s election commission on Saturday declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the presidential election, extending his 35-year rule as his main rival alleged fraud and urged citizens to reject the result. Museveni won 5.85 million votes, […]

What to Know about Uganda’s Presidential Election

Ugandans began voting on Thursday in a hotly contested election that will decide whether President Yoweri Museveni wins a sixth term in office and continues his 35-year rule of the country or is unseated by one of 10 rivals, including a leading opposition candidate, Bobi Wine, a rapper-turned-lawmaker. The vote, which has been unexpectedly competitive […]

Uganda votes in tense presidential election: Live news

Longtime President Yoweri Museveni faces strong challenge from pop star-turned-opposition leader Bobi Wine as he seeks a sixth term. Voting is under way in Uganda, in a tense presidential election pitting longtime President Yoweri Museveni against opposition frontrunner Bobi Wine, a pop star-turned-opposition leader. The run-up to Thursday’s vote was plagued by the worst political […]

NFL legend turns down Presidential honour citing US Capitol riot

Bill Belichick, a top National Football League (NFL) coach, has declined to accept the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civil honour, citing last week’s deadly riot at Capitol Hill. The six-time Super Bowl-winning coach said he was flattered by the opportunity to receive the medal but changed his mind after supporters […]

After unrest, Kyrgyzstan heads to presidential vote

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – The freezing, snowy streets of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, bear few traces of the events that shook the nation last October, when mass protests led to the annulment of disputed parliamentary elections. But over the past four months, the Central Asian country has taken a path few expected. With the old parliament still […]

Niger presidential election heads to February runoff

Ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum to face former President Mahamane Ousmane in runoff, according to provisional results. Niger’s ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum will face former President Mahamane Ousmane in a presidential election runoff in February, according to provisional results announced by the electoral commission. Bazoum, 60, led the first round with 39.33 percent of […]

Ballot counting begins in Niger presidential election

Almost 7.5 million cast their vote to choose a successor to President Issoufou. Vote counting has begun in Niger after an election that could lead to the country’s first peaceful transition of power since its independence from France 60 years ago. Almost 7.5 million people cast their vote on Sunday to choose a successor to […]

Liberia votes on George Weah’s bid to cut presidential terms

Liberians are also choosing whether to repeal a 1973 ban on dual nationality, a move some hope will be an economic boon. Liberians are voting on Tuesday on President George Weah’s plan to shorten presidential terms, with critics fearing he could use the change to cling to power. Former football star Weah has told supporters […]

Old rivals square up again in Ghana’s tight presidential election

Voters in Ghana will head to the polls on Monday to pick the country’s next president, in what is expected to be a tight race between incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo and his predecessor, John Mahama. The two longtime rivals, who are squaring off for the third straight time as they seek a second and final term, […]

Argentina mourns as Maradona’s coffin reaches presidential palace

Diego Maradona’s coffin has arrived at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires for a period of lying in state, TV reports showed, following the death of the 60-year-old Argentine football legend on Wednesday. Hundreds of people were already lining up to pay their respects to Maradona, who died while recovering from a brain operation, the […]