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LIBERIA POLITICS: Main Parties Calls for Halt to Election Results

LIBERIA POLITICS: Main Parties Calls for Halt to Election Results

The NEC was originally expected to release preliminary results on Thursday.

“The Liberty Party is deeply troubled by the discovery of numerous incidents of irregularities and fraud that occurred during the elections,” Liberty Party national chairman Benjamin Sanvee said in a statement.

“We are calling on NEC to immediately halt further announcements of election results. If NEC does not cooperate with our request, we will take the appropriate legal action,” he said.

Liberia, Africa’s oldest modern republic, was founded by freed U.S. slaves in 1847 but its last democratic power transfer dates back to 1943.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Liberians Take Center Stage in Election Today

LIBERIA POLITICS: Liberians Take Center Stage in Election Today

“I am just voting for peace. We want peace right now, peaceful country, we want a peaceful situation now and things to go fine,” said James Marthics, a voter in Paynesville, a suburb of the capital Monrovia.

Some had been waiting for hours before dawn to vote and brought small wooden chairs with them, forming orderly queues as vendors sold them soft drinks and palm wine. Early voting in Monrovia largely went smoothly, though with delays in some areas.

“I need a change of this government that is in power,” said Richard Akoi, 32, a former child soldier who fought for Taylor’s rebels. “I‘m a die-hard fan of former president Taylor and if he shows up today in the election I‘m going to vote for him.”

Liberia is Africa’s oldest modern republic founded by freed U.S. slaves in 1847. But its last democratic power transfer, defined as a peaceful handover at the end of a full term, was in 1943.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Government vs Opposition Battle for Votes

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Government vs Opposition Battle for Votes

Opposition leaders want their demoralized supporters to turn out en masse at the gubernatorial polls to overturn Maduro’s majority in 20 of Venezuela’s 23 states.

“In Barinas, defeating the government means defeating the Chavez family who have wielded power at whim for 18 years,” counters opposition rival Freddy Superlano, 41, wearing a shirt with the image of his arrested party leader Leopoldo Lopez.

Maduro supporters say the opposition, backed by Venezuela’s elite and the U.S. government, is intent on taking power by force to seize control of the nation’s oil riches.

“They want war for Venezuela. We want peace,” said 65-year-old retiree Ramon Alvarran, proudly wearing a red T-shirt depicting the eyes of Hugo Chavez at a rally for his brother.

“Look at our ‘dictatorship’ then: an election where most candidates are from the opposition!” Chavez ironically told Reuters, as red-shirted supporters danced around him at a rally.

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USA POLITICS: Revealed! Google Uncovered Russia-Backed Ads on YouTube, Gmail During 2016 Election

USA POLITICS: Revealed! Google Uncovered Russia-Backed Ads on YouTube, Gmail During 2016 Election

The discovery by Google is also significant because the ads do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-affiliated troll farm that bought ads on Facebook – a sign that the Russian effort to spread disinformation online may be a much broader problem than Silicon Valley companies have unearthed so far.

Some of the ads, which cost a total of about US$100,000, touted Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and the Green party candidate Jill Stein during the campaign, people familiar with those ads said.

Google runs the world’s largest online advertising business, and YouTube is the world’s largest online video site.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: 10 October Liberia Heading to Polls: Who Will Succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf?

LIBERIA POLITICS: 10 October Liberia Heading to Polls: Who Will Succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf?

“The president has on numerous occasions admitted supporting the vice president,” said ruling United Party (UP) stalwart and campaign team member Nowah Gibson, who does not believe speculations

The defection of businessman Musa Bility and the UP’s Harrison Karnwea to LP dealt a serious blow to the ruling party. But President Sirleaf did not publically criticize any of the defectors. “When you have an organization of such nature, you will have people with diverse views,” said Gibson in response to the defections.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Indigenous Woman Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez Registers to Run for Mexican Presidency in 2018

MEXICO POLITICS: Indigenous Woman Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez Registers to Run for Mexican Presidency in 2018

Patricio Martinez, a traditional healer and native Nahua speaker, is originally from the central Mexican state of Jalisco. Her support from the Zapatistas marks a more visible turn for the insurgent movement, which has faded in recent years.

Local media reported that after Patricio Martinez registered with the National Electoral Institute (INE), she pledged not to accept any funding from the government to run her campaign.

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USA POLITICS: ‘Hillary Clinton a Narcissist and They Never Accept Defeat’: Myles Hoenig, American Political Analyst, Activist Says

USA POLITICS: ‘Hillary Clinton a Narcissist and They Never Accept Defeat’: Myles Hoenig, American Political Analyst, Activist Says

“It’s easy being a narcissist when you have such powerful enablers. To Clinton, the number one cause of her loss was the Russians,” Myles Hoenig, American Political Analyst, Activist stated.

“Every major media source supports her claim. Almost never have they ever used the word ‘alleged’ in their reporting of Russian hacking, considering that except for the 3 agencies cherry picked to report on Russia’s involvement, even the intelligence community as a whole admits Russian hacking is only a belief,” he noted.

“From MSNBC to Fox to NPR, the word is that Hillary was robbed of what she so rightly inherited (certainly not earned),” he said.

“Today Facebook, tomorrow who knows? Keep it up Hillary. Many of us are enjoying seeing your party implode by your leadership,” the commentator concluded.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Ballot Sheet Unfair for October Vote: Opposition Says

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Ballot Sheet Unfair for October Vote: Opposition Says

“That’s the fraud the government wants to commit,” coalition official Tomas Guanipa told a news conference of the election board’s stance, which was ratified by the similarly pro-Maduro Supreme Court on Thursday.

“We invite all Venezuelans who can see how the government is trying to mock them and put up obstacles, to come out and vote massively for the unity candidate in the states. The government’s tricks will become a boomerang.”

While the opposition wants the Oct. 15 vote to demonstrate Maduro’s unpopularity and undermine his power at regional level, the government is trumpeting the election as proof against growing criticism Venezuela has become a dictatorship.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Lula Leads in 2018 Vote Despite Graft Conviction: Poll

BRAZIL POLITICS: Lula Leads in 2018 Vote Despite Graft Conviction: Poll

Lula would beat all potential contenders in a runoff vote, the poll said, expect in an unlikely contest against Sergio Moro, the judge who convicted him of corruption in July. Moro has repeatedly denied being a candidate.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Ayodele Fayose Officially Announces Bid For 2019 Presidential Election, Fani-Kayode Says Fayose Did the Right Thing

NIGERIA POLITICS: Ayodele Fayose Officially Announces Bid For 2019 Presidential Election, Fani-Kayode Says Fayose Did the Right Thing

If nobody has come out from the north… are we meant to wait?” Femi Fani-Kayode, who was spokesman for Jonathan’s failed re-election bid in 2015, told delegates.

“I believe he (Fayose) has done the right and appropriate thing to begin the process and he will make an excellent president.”

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Far-Right Jair Bolsonaro Aims to be Brazil’s Trump

BRAZIL POLITICS: Far-Right Jair Bolsonaro Aims to be Brazil’s Trump

“Trump faced the same attacks I am facing – that he was a homophobe, a fascist, a racist, a Nazi – but the people believed in his platform, and I was rooting for him,” Bolsonaro told Reuters in an interview this week in his office in Brasilia, decorated with the portraits of five military presidents from Brazil’s 1964-1985 dictatorship.

A seven-term congressman, Bolsonaro is emerging as the law-and-order and anti-corruption candidate for the October 2018 vote. His support is fed by a surge in violent crime and Brazil’s worst-ever graft scandal, which has implicated much of the political class, including President Michel Temer.

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UK POLITICS: Corbyn Would Win Now If There Were Elections in UK: Analyst

UK POLITICS: Corbyn Would Win Now If There Were Elections in UK: Analyst

“I think Corbyn to his great credit has grown, I think his speech was a success … and I think it is good to see that view point well stated by a British Labour Party leader at the time when the conservatives and [British Prime Minister] Theresa May … really are floundering and are not clear about what they want to do on almost anything,” Brent Budowsky said.

“I think Britain has had a problem with not having the best leadership. I think the Conservative Party which is dominated politically in recent years has a problem with internally divided, conservative against conservative and unclear about what it stands for,” Budowsky stated.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Jews Worldwide Worried By Far-Right AfD Breakthrough in German Election

GERMANY POLITICS: Jews Worldwide Worried By Far-Right AfD Breakthrough in German Election

Ronald Lauder, president of the New York-based World Jewish Congress, called Chancellor Angela Merkel a “true friend of Israel and the Jewish people” and decried the AfD’s gains at a time when anti-Semitism was increasing across the globe.

“It is abhorrent that the AfD party, a disgraceful reactionary movement which recalls the worst of Germany’s past and should be outlawed, now has the ability within the German parliament to promote its vile platform,” Lauder said.

“A party that tolerates right-wing extremist thinking in its ranks and incites hatred against minorities …will now be represented in parliament and nearly all state legislatures,” Central Council of Jews in Germany president Josef Schuster said in a statement.

“I expect our democratic forces to expose the true nature of the AfD and its empty, populist promises,” he added.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Angela Merkel Booed, Heckled By Right-Wing Protesters

GERMANY POLITICS: Angela Merkel Booed, Heckled By Right-Wing Protesters

“With whistling and yelling, one will surely not shape Germany’s future,” Merkel said at the Friday rally as the protesters began shouting and whistling even before she starts her address.

The loud noise, however, did not prevent the German leader from making her prepared 30-minute remarks.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: OSUN 2018 Election: We Will SUE OSUN INEC, CP, APC and PDP IF… – HDP

NIGERIA POLITICS: OSUN 2018 Election: We Will SUE OSUN INEC, CP, APC and PDP IF… – HDP

If APC and PDP campaigns are not stopped now, we foresee a situation where other political parties would capitalize on the inability of Osun state branch of INEC, police and other security agencies to stop them to commence campaigns when the time is not ripe.

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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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