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No respite for re-elected Macron as parliamentary elections loom

No respite for re-elected Macron as parliamentary elections loom

SOPHIE LOUET and INGRID MELANDER FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron enjoyed no respite as, hours after he won re-election by defeating the far right's Marine Le Pen, political opponents called on voters to deny him a parliamentary majority. If he fails to score another victory in the June 12 and 19 parliamentary elections, the pro-European, centrist president will struggle to advance with his pro-business agenda, including unpopular plans to push back the retirement age. "Voting isn't over, the legislative elections are the third round," said Jordan Bardella, a close Le Pen ally, telling voters: "Don't put all the power in Emmanuel…
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Tunisian president’s election bombshell

Tunisian president’s election bombshell

TAREK AMARA VOTING in Tunisian parliamentary elections that are expected to be held in December will take place in two rounds, and people will vote for individuals rather than lists as in previous elections, President Kais Saied said. Saied's comments confirm that he is moving forward with political changes, although they have not been agreed upon yet with other key players. The president also said that the Independent Electoral Commission (ISIE) would supervise the elections, although not in its current composition, referring to his intention to change some of its members. Saied, who dissolved parliament last week after taking control…
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Algerian Islamists eye first election win

Algerian Islamists eye first election win

LAMINE CHIKHI ISLAMIST parties in Algeria expect to win parliamentary elections in June and take a major role in government, part of a strategy to gradually build clout within a system long dominated by a secular military that regards them with distrust. While the military will retain ultimate power, the Islamists are taking advantage of political ructions caused by the mass protests that forced out veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in 2019. The largely secular Hirak protest movement still holds weekly demonstrations to demand a full purge of the old ruling elite and is boycotting the election, viewing it as a…
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Cape Verde votes, PM seeks second term

Cape Verde votes, PM seeks second term

JULIO RODRIGUES CAPE Verde held parliamentary elections yesterday, with the ruling party Movement for Democracy (MpD) pitted against its main challenger, the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV). A cluster of 10 volcanic islands 570 km (350 miles) off Senegal, Cape Verde stands out as a pocket of relative stability in the region, having held democratic elections since it gained independence from Portugal in 1975. "I voted to change the situation here. We need to have new policies for health and security," said Flavia Andrade, a young voter in the capital Praia. With a quarter of the…
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C.A.R votes amid tight security

C.A.R votes amid tight security

ANTOINE ROLLAND and JUDICAEL YONGO ALMOST all polling stations in the Central African Republic were opened for a second round of parliamentary elections yesterday, the electoral body said, amid heavy security to deter rebels who disrupted polls in December. In Zado, a hillside village outside the capital Bangui, many residents had only recently returned to their homes after they fled fighting in January when the insurgents tried to seize power after the contested presidential election. Local polling station director Emmanuel Maskemde said only 50 of 300 registered voters had so far turned up to cast their ballots. "They have a…
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Ethiopia sets national election for mid-2021

Ethiopia sets national election for mid-2021

ETHIOPIA will hold a parliamentary election on June 5, 2021, the National Electoral Board has announced, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tries to quell outbreaks of deadly political and ethnic violence in several regions. Abiy's Prosperity Party, a pan-Ethiopian movement he founded a year ago, faces challenges from increasingly strident ethnically-based parties seeking more power for their regions. Africa's second most populous nation has a federal system and 10 regional governments, many of whom have border disputes or face low-level unrest. In the northern Tigray region, thousands of people are believed to have died and 950,000 have fled their homes…
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Voting begins in Seychelles parliamentary and presidential polls

Voting begins in Seychelles parliamentary and presidential polls

VOTING has began in presidential and parliamentary elections in Seychelles, with the economy battered by COVID-19 and President Danny Faure, in power since 2016, facing voters for the first time. The Indian Ocean archipelago nation is expected to see its tourism-dependent economy contract by 14% this year, according to ratings agency Fitch, reversing some fragile progress since the government defaulted on its debt in 2008 and sought an International Monetary Fund bailout. The same party has been in power since 1977. Faure was previously vice president and became president when his predecessor resigned after a constitutional amendment was passed limiting…
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