PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

  • Hillary Clinton planning lengthy campaign push this month October 3, 2014

    Washington: Hillary Rodham Clinton is hitting the campaign trail for Democrats this month. Clinton's lending her name and support in key races for Senate and governor as she considers another White House bid in 2016. The former secretary of state plans to campaign for Senate candidates in six states: Iowa, New Hampshire,...
  • Hillary Clinton says will decide White House run early 2015 September 6, 2014

    Mexico City: Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said today she would likely decide whether she will join the 2016 presidential race by the start of next year. Clinton, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama in 2008, is widely expected to make another run for the White...
  • Both candidates in Indonesia election claim victory; Jokowi ahead July 9, 2014

    Jakarta: Both candidates claimed victory in Indonesia's presidential election on Wednesday, suggesting there could be a drawn out constitutional battle to decide who will next lead the world's thirdlargest democracy. Just a few hours after voting closed, Jakarta governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said he had won, based on what are widely...
  • US should elect woman president as soon as possible: Michelle June 24, 2014

    Washington: The US should elect a woman as president "as soon as possible" and the country is ready for it, First Lady Michelle Obama has said. Her remarks come at a time when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being seen as a strong 2016 presidential candidate of the Democratic...
  • Petro Poroshenko wins Ukraine presidential vote May 25, 2014

    An exit poll showed that billionaire candymaker Petro Poroshenko won Ukraine's presidential election outright on Sunday in the first round, vote that authorities hoped would unify the fractured nation. Long lines snaked around polling stations in Kiev for the vote but in Ukraine's troubled east, heavily armed proRussia rebels intimidated voters...
  • Ukraine prepares to vote after bloodshed May 24, 2014

    Candidates in Ukraine's presidential election stayed out of the public eye on Saturday, observing a ban on campaigning on the eve of a vote that Kiev hopes can help end a bitter confrontation with Russia. On Friday, armed proRussian separatists and a Ukrainian militia group clashed in the east of Ukraine,...
  • Abdullah leads in Afghan Presidential Election April 13, 2014

    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 votes...
  • Voting begins in Maldives presidential runoff November 16, 2013

    Male: The Maldives on Saturday began voting in the second round of the controversyridden presidential election as ousted leader Mohamed Nasheed faces a runoff 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 up...
  • Maldives presidential candidates want elections on November 2 October 28, 2013

    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 presidential...
  • Maldives sets new presidential election for November 9 October 22, 2013

    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 new...
  • Maldives police halt presidential vote, supporters stage sitin October 20, 2013

    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 thenpresident Mohamed Nasheed was...
  • Maldives: New presidential poll stopped by police, say officials October 19, 2013

    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 Nasheed,...
  • Egyptian court bans Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood September 24, 2013

    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 not stated...
  • Zardari steps down as Pakistan's President, Mamnoon Hussain takes over September 8, 2013

    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 by...
  • Maldives polls: Mohamed Nasheed may miss majority in first round September 7, 2013

    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...
  • Pakistan: I am leaving presidency as a satisfied man, says Asif Ali Zardari August 27, 2013

    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 winner,"...
  • No rush to sign US security pact, says Hamid Karzai August 25, 2013

    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 Afghanistan...
  • Colombian rebels suspend peace talks in Havana August 24, 2013

    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 August 16, 2013

    Iran's conservativedominated parliament on Thursday did not give votes of confidence to three candidates of President Hassan Rouhani's 18member cabinet, Xinhua reported. MohammadAli Najafi, candidate for education ministry, and Jafar MiliMonfared, candidate for ministry of science, research and technology, did not receive the approval of Iranian legislators. This is mainly because...
  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe reelected as President, rival challenges poll result August 4, 2013

    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 Africa...
  • Egypt: Travel ban imposed on ousted president Mohamed Morsi July 5, 2013

    Cairo: Egypt's GeneralProsecutor AbdelMeguid Mahmoud has ordered a travel ban on ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 35 other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood for investigations on killing protesters, staterun AlAhram news website reported. The ban was also slapped on Mohamed Saad alKatatni, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice...
  • Mongolia: Elbegdorj Tsakhia wins presidential election June 27, 2013

    Ulan Bator: Mongolia's election commission says Harvardeducated 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 May 17, 2013

    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 May 12, 2013

    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 as...
  • Italy: Giorgio Napolitano reelected as president April 21, 2013

    Rome: Italy's Parliament reelected Giorgio Napolitano to an unprecedented second term as president, after party leaders persuaded the 87yearold 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 April 16, 2013

    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 seven...
  • US says door still open on Iran nuclear talks April 8, 2013

    Istanbul: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday world powers would pursue further talks with Iran to resolve a decadeold 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 in...
  • Kenyatta wins Kenya election, Odinga to contest result March 10, 2013

    Nairobi: Raila Odinga, beaten by Uhuru Kenyatta in Kenya's presidential election, said on Saturday that his party would contest the results in court, alleging "massive tampering" of the March 4 vote. But the outgoing prime minister also called for all Kenyans to respect the rule of law and to look upon...
  • Venezuela sets presidential election for April 14, 3013 March 10, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuelans will vote April 14, 2013, to choose a successor to Hugo Chavez, the elections commission announced on Saturday as increasingly strident political rhetoric begins to roil this polarized country. The constitution mandated the election be held within 30 days of Chavez's March 5, 2013, death, but the date picked...
  • Kenyan election heads to nail-biting finish March 8, 2013

    Nairobi: Kenya's presidential race tightened on Friday as Uhuru Kenyatta's lead slipped to a level that could mean there is no outright winner and open the way for a tense, second round run-off against his main rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Kenyatta, 51, the deputy prime minister, who is due...