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KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Says Supreme Court Election Ruling Was ‘Coup’

KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Says Supreme Court Election Ruling Was ‘Coup’

Kenyatta said he would respect the court’s decision but said it subverted the will of the people.

“We have reversed everything in this country by the decision of a few people. I don’t know how history will judge these gentlemen,” he said. “The citizen has been told he does not have a voice … If that is not dictatorship, then I don’t know what to say.”

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MEXICO POLITICS: Politicians Fear Flunking Quake Test Before 2018 Election

MEXICO POLITICS: Politicians Fear Flunking Quake Test Before 2018 Election

On Tuesday, when a 7.1 tremor struck, he aborted a trip to the first quake’s disaster zone to return to Mexico City, where 38 buildings collapsed killing scores of people, including more than 20 children at a school. Pena Nieto went to the school as rescuers searched for children and adults trapped inside. The death toll from Tuesday’s quake, which struck the capital and nearby states on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 tremor, has reached 230.

Politicians from all sides called for solidarity and praised how Mexicans, many of whom volunteered to help climb through rubble and search for survivors, had come together.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel on Track to Win Fourth Term

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel on Track to Win Fourth Term

With Merkel’s conservatives commanding a solid poll lead, attention in Germany is turning to who she will govern with after the election, rather than whether she will stay in power.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Kulsoom Sharif Wins Parliament Seat in Lahore

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Kulsoom Sharif Wins Parliament Seat in Lahore

“This is not an ordinary victory,” said Sharif’s daughter, Maryam, who has been at the helm of the PML-N campaign for her mother and who some party leaders see as a future leader of the faction.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Aisha Alhassan Endorses Atiku Abubakar for 2019 Presidential Election

NIGERIA POLITICS: Aisha Alhassan Endorses Atiku Abubakar for 2019 Presidential Election

Popularly called Mama Taraba, Aisha Alhassan said, “Your excellency, our father and our president by the grace of God come 2019. Before you are your people, your supporters for life, the people of Taraba State.”

Although Mr. Abubakar has not publicly declared his intention to run in 2019, he is believed to be mobilising and getting ready for the election. He came third in the APC presidential primaries in the build up to the 2015 elections, losing to President Muhammadu Buhari and ex-Kano governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

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USA POLITICS: Hillary Clinton New Book ‘What Happened’ Says Bernie Sanders’ Attacks Against Her During Presidential Campaign Paved Way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ Campaign

USA POLITICS: Hillary Clinton New Book ‘What Happened’ Says Bernie Sanders’ Attacks Against Her During Presidential Campaign Paved Way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ Campaign

“When I finally challenged Bernie during a debate to name a single time I changed a position or a vote because of a financial contribution, he couldn’t come up with anything,” Ms Clinton said. “Nonetheless, his attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: APC Begins Campaign for Buhari’s Second Term in  Ebonyi State

NIGERIA POLITICS: APC Begins Campaign for Buhari’s Second Term in Ebonyi State

Acting state APC Chairman, Mr. Eze Nwachukwu, who addressed the rally, commended party faithful and other teeming supporters of APC for turning out in their large numbers for the rally.

“We thank God for the recovery of Mr. President from his sickness and successful return from the medical vacation in London to resume his normal duty as president. The overwhelming crowd that attended the rally is a clear indication that Ebonyi State is indeed an APC state and by massively attending this solidarity rally is another indication of the love Ebonyi people have for our president and his populist government.

“This is the third time APC in Ebonyi is organising this type of rally to demonstrate its love, support and loyalty for Buhari and APC led central government,” Nwachukwu said.

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KENYA POLITICS: Odinga Rejects Election Re-Run Date Without ‘Guarantees’

KENYA POLITICS: Odinga Rejects Election Re-Run Date Without ‘Guarantees’

“You cannot do a mistake twice and expect to get different results,” Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga told reporters. “A number of the officials of the commission should be sent home, some of them should be investigated for the heinous crimes they committed.”

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CHILE POLITICS: Sebastian Pinera Keeps Lead: Presidential Poll

CHILE POLITICS: Sebastian Pinera Keeps Lead: Presidential Poll

A Pinera win would be welcomed by the Chilean business community, which blames current President Michelle Bachelet and her centre-left coalition of stoking market uncertainty in one of Latin America’s most free-market economies.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Rejects Comparisons to Venezuela

MEXICO POLITICS: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Rejects Comparisons to Venezuela

“(They are) saying that if MORENA wins Mexico, it’s going to be like Venezuela. That’s a lie!” Lopez Obrador told a crowd of thousands of supporters who rallied at a monument in the nation’s capital.

“We’re not taking inspiration from any foreign government … Neither Maduro, nor Donald Trump.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Not Again! German Media Bemoan Grand Coalition Scenario After Limp TV Duel

GERMANY POLITICS: Not Again! German Media Bemoan Grand Coalition Scenario After Limp TV Duel

Newspaper Handelsblatt said Schulz had not really attacked the incumbent chancellor, adding: “Martin Schulz doesn’t want to be chancellor in September apparently but rather Angela Merkel’s office manager.”

But Berlin’s Tagesspiegel newspaper said Schulz had scored points for taking more decisive positions on Turkey, pensions and the need to punish the German automotive industry for the diesel emissions scandal.

“When it came to showing hard edges, Martin Schulz was more convincing,” it said, adding, “this evening may have changed things.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel’s Rivals Narrow Gap Slightly Ahead of TV Debate

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel’s Rivals Narrow Gap Slightly Ahead of TV Debate

Schulz has said he is going into Sunday’s television debate convinced he will win the elections. “A successful duel can create momentum,” he said in an interview conducted after media reports suggested his predecessor as leader had given up hope of an SPD victory.

Merkel told the Rheinische Post newspaper she expected the debate to spark great public interest. “I’ll be happy if as many people as possible take the time to watch,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

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KENYA POLITICS: Here’s What Kenyatta Said About the Election Overturned By Court

KENYA POLITICS: Here’s What Kenyatta Said About the Election Overturned By Court

“We shall revisit this thing. We clearly have a problem,” he said, referring to the judiciary,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

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KENYA POLITICS: Presidential Election Invalid! Supreme Court Declares, Calls for New Election

KENYA POLITICS: Presidential Election Invalid! Supreme Court Declares, Calls for New Election

“The declaration (of Kenyatta’s win) is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maranga, announcing the verdict backed by four out of the six judges.

“The first respondent (the election board) failed neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution.”

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Will Not Lead Us Into Next Election: Senior Tories Say

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Will Not Lead Us Into Next Election: Senior Tories Say

Former Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan said it would be “difficult” for Mrs May to stay on until 2022, when the next election is due. Lord Heseltine, the former deputy prime minister, said Mrs May had no long-term future. Privately, two executive members of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers said “a better campaigner” would be required to fight the next election.

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INDIA POLITICS: Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav Share Platform at Lalu Prasad’s Mega Rally

INDIA POLITICS: Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav Share Platform at Lalu Prasad’s Mega Rally

Rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, who is staring at expulsion from the party for defying orders of not to attend the rally, was greeted warmly by Prasad who embraced him on the dais. Yadav was accompanied by suspended JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Defiant Merkel Takes on Protestors at Rowdy Campaign Rally

GERMANY POLITICS: Defiant Merkel Takes on Protestors at Rowdy Campaign Rally

“I hope you were able to understand some of that even though some of you out there kept on yelling,” a glum-looking Merkel said near the end of her speech to 1,500 people.

“Some believe the problems in Germany can be fixed by screaming – but I don’t think so and the majority of the people here don’t think so either,” said Merkel, who is seeking a fourth term in office and is the heavy favourite to win the Sept. 24 election.

“Some people can’t do anything else but scream and shout – but we’re not going to let them lead us astray.”

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ANGOLA POLITICS: Election Update: MPLA Takes Commanding Lead

ANGOLA POLITICS: Election Update: MPLA Takes Commanding Lead

The MPLA calculated earlier on Thursday that after checking 5 million votes it was on course for the two-thirds majority that is required to govern alone.

“We can affirm that the future president will be comrade João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço,” João Martins, party secretary for political and electoral affairs, told reporters.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Urges Respect as Same-Sex Marriage Campaigns Turn Nasty

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Urges Respect as Same-Sex Marriage Campaigns Turn Nasty

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged restraint from both sides.

“You cannot ask for respect from the ’No’ case if you’re not prepared to give respect to the ’No’ case.”

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ANGOLA POLITICS: Angolans Cast their Votes for First New Leader in 38 Years

ANGOLA POLITICS: Angolans Cast their Votes for First New Leader in 38 Years

The People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) is expected to remain in power but with a reduced majority. Its support has waned due to widespread political cronyism, though many Angolans remain loyal to the party that emerged victorious from 27 years of civil war in 2002.

“I’ve been following the party (MPLA) all my life. I grew up with it. The other parties don’t have the capacity to govern,” 33-year-old bakery owner Telma Francisco told Reuters outside a polling station in the capital.

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