Presidential Election

  • Abdullah leads in Afghan Presidential Election 13-04-2014 06:26 PM

    Kabul: Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah was leading in the partial results, the country's Independent Election Commission (IEC) chairman announced Sunday. "The IEC had tallied 10 per cent of the votes from 26 provinces and the partial results were announced Sunday," IEC chairman Ahmad Yousuf Nouristani said. The counting of...
  • Voting begins in Maldives presidential run-off 16-11-2013 01:44 PM

    Male: The Maldives on Saturday began voting in the second round of the controversy-ridden presidential election as ousted leader Mohamed Nasheed faces a run-off against his closest rival, with the poll being held under global pressure to elect a new leader and end months of political turmoil. Early voters queued...
  • Maldives presidential candidates want elections on November 2 28-10-2013 01:37 PM

    All three presidential candidates in the Maldives have agreed to hold presidential election a week early on November 2 to avoid a constitutional crisis, media reports said in Male on Monday. The three presidential candidates have agreed to propose to the Elections Commission to hold the first round of the...
  • Maldives sets new presidential election for November 9 22-10-2013 08:50 AM

    Male: Maldives officials rescheduled the country's presidential election for November 9 after police prevented the scheduled vote this past weekend due to a conflict with a Supreme Court ruling. While the new schedule may break through a political stalemate and reassure this troubled young democracy, it may not produce a...
  • Maldives police halt presidential vote, supporters stage sit-in 20-10-2013 09:54 AM

    Male: Maldives police forced a halt to a presidential election on Saturday, in what the leading candidate's supporters said was a new coup as he called on them to block the streets in protest. The Indian Ocean archipelago which has been in turmoil since February 2012, when then-president Mohamed Nasheed...
  • Maldives: New presidential poll stopped by police, say officials 19-10-2013 11:19 AM

    Male: Maldives police have stopped a fresh presidential poll that was to be held on Saturday, the archipelago's Election Commission said, despite a court ruling that the poll could go ahead. The Indian Ocean chain of tropical holiday islands has been in turmoil since February 2012 when former president Mohamed...
  • Egyptian court bans Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood 24-09-2013 09:08 AM

    An Egyptian court on Monday banned deposed President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its funds seized, a crippling strike in the campaign to crush the Islamist movement. The case was brought by a lawyer from the leftist Tagammu party on the grounds of protecting Egyptians from violence. It was...
  • Zardari steps down as Pakistan's President, Mamnoon Hussain takes over 08-09-2013 05:42 PM

    In a golden moment in Pakistan's chequered 66-year political history, President Asif Ali Zardari, on Sunday, left the presidency after successfully completing his five-year term, paving the way for India-born Mamnoon Hussain to take over. Zardari is the first elected President to complete his constitutional tenure and to be replaced...
  • Maldives polls: Mohamed Nasheed may miss majority in first round 07-09-2013 11:50 PM

    Male: Former President Mohamed Nasheed on Saturday led the first round of the Maldives' presidential election but might miss the crucial 50 per cent mark by a whisker, making a run-off between the top two candidates imminent. According to trends from the Election Commission, 45-year-old Nasheed, who had to resign...
  • Pakistan: I am leaving presidency as a satisfied man, says Asif Ali Zardari 27-08-2013 11:37 AM

    Outgoing President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he is leaving the Presidency as a satisfied man after overseeing the first-ever democratic transition of power in Pakistan and relinquishing Presidential powers to Parliament. "Democratic transition to power means strengthening of democracy and I'm confident that Pakistan will be the ultimate...
  • No rush to sign US security pact, says Hamid Karzai 25-08-2013 12:39 AM

    Afghanistan is in no rush to sign a pact with the United States setting out how many US troops will stay after a NATO mission ends in 2014 and may even delay a decision until after a presidential election, President Hamid Karzai said. Foreign combat troops are due to leave...
  • Colombian rebels suspend peace talks in Havana 24-08-2013 02:56 AM

    Colombia's largest guerrilla army temporarily walked away from peace talks with the government on Friday over President Juan Manuel Santos' refusal to agree to modify the constitution if a peace pact is struck. It is the first time either side has broken off negotiations that began in 2012 in Havana,...
  • Iran's parliament disqualifies Hassan Rouhani's cabinet candidates 16-08-2013 05:36 AM

    Iran's conservative-dominated parliament on Thursday did not give votes of confidence to three candidates of President Hassan Rouhani's 18-member cabinet, Xinhua reported. Mohammad-Ali Najafi, candidate for education ministry, and Jafar Mili-Monfared, candidate for ministry of science, research and technology, did not receive the approval of Iranian legislators. This is mainly...
  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe re-elected as President, rival challenges poll result 04-08-2013 01:15 PM

    Harare: Africa's oldest president, Robert Mugabe, was declared winner of Zimbabwe election on Saturday, but his rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, said he would challenge in court a result he called a fraud that would push the nation back into crisis. Mugabe, 89, who has ruled the former British colony in southern...
  • Egypt: Travel ban imposed on ousted president Mohamed Morsi 05-07-2013 03:22 AM

    Cairo: Egypt's General-Prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud has ordered a travel ban on ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 35 other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood for investigations on killing protesters, state-run Al-Ahram news website reported. The ban was also slapped on Mohamed Saad al-Katatni, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice...
  • Mongolia: Elbegdorj Tsakhia wins presidential election 27-06-2013 09:49 AM

    Ulan Bator: Mongolia's election commission says Harvard-educated Elbegdorj Tsakhia has won a second presidential term. Elbegdorj took 50.22 per cent of the vote, with Baterdene Badmaanyambuu of the main opposition Mongolian People's Party receiving 41.48 per cent. Udval Natsag, Mongolia's first female candidate for the presidency, had 8.3 per cent...
  • Women cannot be president, says Iranian cleric 17-05-2013 08:13 PM

    Tehran: A member of Iran's constitutional watchdog group insists that women cannot be presidential candidates, a report said Thursday, effectively killing the largely symbolic bids by about 30 women seeking to run in the June 14 election. Even before the comments by Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, chances for a woman candidate...
  • Rafsanjani rolls the dice last time to fix Iran's future 12-05-2013 06:29 AM

    Dubai: Iran's best known political grandee, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, looms large in the history of the Islamic Republic - now registered to run in Iran's presidential election June 2013 he may also get the chance to carve out its future. Few have wielded such influence in modern Iran...
  • Italy: Giorgio Napolitano re-elected as president 21-04-2013 06:34 AM

    Rome: Italy's Parliament re-elected Giorgio Napolitano to an unprecedented second term as president, after party leaders persuaded the 87-year-old to serve again in hopes of easing the hostility that has thwarted formation of a new government. Napolitano easily surpassed the simple majority required to be elected on Saturday afternoon. He...
  • Venezuela: 7 dead in post elections protests 16-04-2013 11:29 PM

    Caracas: Venezuela's chief prosecutor said on Tuesday seven people have been killed and 61 injured in protests following presidential elections in which the opposition candidate is demanding a recount. Prosecutor Luisa Ortega did not provide any details about the deaths or injuries or how they occurred. But she said the...
  • US says door still open on Iran nuclear talks 08-04-2013 06:59 AM

    Istanbul: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday world powers would pursue further talks with Iran to resolve a decade-old dispute over its nuclear programme, but stressed the process could not go on forever. The six powers and Iran failed again to bridge wide differences at weekend talks...