a woman threw white powder, apparently flour, on the leading candidate in france's presidential elections during a campaign appearance. the woman ran to the side of the podium where socialist francois hollande stood. bodyguards who jumped in to protect hollande also got under dusting.
greece intends to ask for a six month extension of its loan agreement with the eurozone today but ministers stressed it would not be the same as the current bailout agreement.
polling stations have now closed in tunisia's historic presidential election. this is the first ever ballot to directly elect the country's leader and is a major step on the road to full democracy.
international monitors have strongly criticised tajikistan's presidential poll in which incumbent imomali rakhmon was reelected with a landslide. a lack of pluralism and genuine choice were highlighted by observers from the organisation for security and cooperation in europe.
voters have been going to the polls in croatia to choose their next president amid a severe economic crisis. incumbent ivo josipovic, a classical music composer who's supported by the ruling social democrats, is seen as the frontrunner for the largely ceremonial post. but a run-off is likely - with josipovic probably going up against kolinda grabar-kitarovic, a former foreign minister, ambassador to washington and nato official.
mauritania goes to the polls on saturday in a presidential election expected to be easily won by the incumbent mohamed ould abdel aziz. his biggest challenge...
in the first round of afghanistan’s presidential elections (held on april 6), afghans went to the polls in defiance of threats from the taliban to disrupt the run-off vote on saturday 14 june. we discussed this with interior minister mohammed omar daudzai.
el salvador has sworn in a new president. he's the left-wing rebel leader salvador sanchez ceren. the 69-year-old is the first former guerrilla to lead his country following his narrow second round runoff win in march.
eleven afghan civilians have had a finger cut off by the taliban as a punishment for voting in this weekend’s presidential run-off.more than 40 people have died and 70 others wounded in election-related violence.before the poll the taliban had proclaimed it a sham and had threatened to disrupt the process.one victim said he had voted to choose a president but was then kidnapped and had his finger chopped off.a local doctor said their fingers, which had been marked with the special election ink to show they had voted were amputated with a sharp cutter without any local anesthetic.both presidential candidates claim to be leading the contest but both say they are concerned about fraud.
the greek cypriot part of cyprus appeared satisfied with the result of round one of turkish cypriot elections. the internationally recognized cypriot government is officially distancing itself from the vote but hopes peace negotiations will soon continue on the divided island.
you could be forgiven for thinking her campaign for the presidency had already begun! the buzz around hillary clinton's new memoir is boosting talk of a bid for the white house in 2016.
president barack obama thanked his campaign supporters in chicago and select volunteers by phone.
pressure is growing on republican ben carson to quit the 2016 us presidential race after he said a muslim should not be president.
former texas governor rick perry joins the race for the white house for the second time. the republican candidate hopes to do better than in 2012, when his presidential bid went poorly after a series of gaffes.
the caucasus republic of georgia turns a political page this sunday with a presidential election that will mark the end of a chapter under outgoing reformist president mikheil saakashvili. the front-runner is philosopher georgy margvelashvili, 44, a confidant of prime minister bidzina ivanishvili, whose georgian dream coalition ousted saakashvili's cabinet in a parliamentary election last year.
senator bernie sanders from vermont is challenging hillary clinton for the democratic presidential nomination. he announced his bid at a news conference in washington on thursday. sanders, who is seen as an outspoken liberal, called for a reduction in the influence of wealthy americans and big business on us elections.
the politically volatile indian ocean island of madagascar looks set for more uncertainty after the winner of the presidential election was challenged by the beaten candidate. the result of the first presidential election since a 2009 coup gave victory to that coup leader's chosen successor, former finance minister hery rajaonarimampianina. he has been given 53.5 percent of the december 20 vote.
medical charity msf estimates 40,000 people have already escaped to neighbouring chad and cameroon. a great deal of hope rests on the new interim president, catherine samba-panza. she has a year to end the nation's bloody sectarian strife. elections must be held by february 2015 and the interim leader is not allowed to stand.
the count is underway in afghanistan in the second round of the presidential election, the result of which should be known in 18 days. officials are already ...
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myanmar's opposition party, the national league for democracy, says it will contest the 2015 presidential election. it's led by nobel prize winner aung san suu kyi, who is disqualified under the country's constitution from running for the office.
he was the favourite going into slovakia's presidential poll and he has come out on top but prime minister robert fico's lead over his chief rival was less than opinion polls suggested.
greek members of parliament vote on monday for a final time to elect a new president and head off a snap general election the prime minister warns would be against the national interest. the ruling party's candidate failed to secure the necessary two-thirds majority in the first two rounds. an election must be held if a new president can't be appointed.
there was a slow trickle of late night voters casting their ballots at a cairo polling station on tuesday night. as a result of the unexpectedly low turnout, egypt's two-day presidential election has been extended for a third day.
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venezuela's electoral campaigning has begun, to see who will succeed the late president hugo chavez after the 14 april election.
away from the ongoing unrest in the east, candidates for ukraine's presidential election have been on the campaign trail ahead of sunday's vote. polls show that billionaire chocolate maker petro poroshenko remains favorite to win, with around 34 percent of the vote.
what do the next five years promise for zimbabwe? at 89, africa's oldest leader and still in charge after more than three decades, president robert mugabe will be calling the shots without having to bother with co-operating with the opposition.
for the third day running, violence has erupted in the democratic republic of congo as police clashed with demonstrators denouncing electoral reforms. more than 40 people have died in the protests, according to the international federation for human rights (fidh) group - that is three times the official estimate. the unrest has hit the capital kinshasa and goma, the main city in the east.
thousands of syrian refugees in lebanon gathered at the masnaa border crossing point to briefly enter syria and vote in the presidential election.
rand paul has put his name forward as a republican presidential nominee. the kentucky senator has confirmed he wants to join the race to become the party's candidate in 2016.
dilma rousseff has been re-elected president of brazil, winning by a narrow margin. with 51.6 percent of the vote, she now faces an uphill battle of reinvigorating a stagnant economy, improving public services and pushing reforms through a divided congress. rousseff recognised the challenge saying, "a re-election vote is a vote of hope, especially for improving the actions of those in power. i know that is what the people say when they re-elect a leader."
early results show that leftist mustafa akinci has swept to victory in the turkish cypriot presidential poll. according to election commission officials, he has secured 60.3 percent of the vote, beating incumbent dervis eroglu - a conservative elected five years ago.
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algerian president abdelaziz bouteflika has ended months of speculation over his political future by announcing he is running for a fourth term in april's election after 15 years in office. rivals say the 76-year-old independence veteran who suffered a stroke last year is too frail to govern.
voters in chile will go to the polls on sunday to choose the country's next president. they will also select 120 members of the lower house of congress and 20 senate seats. eight presidential candidates are in the running but former president michele bachelet is expected to overwhelmingly win. it would be a second four-year term for chile's first female leader. the 62-year-old was president from 2006 to 2010.
voters in brazil have re-elected left-leaning president dilma rousseff and her workers party(pt), giving her a narrow 51 percent victory. speaking to her supporters after acknowledging she had won she said her priority in her second term would be political reform along with fiscal discipline.
mps in the greek parliament have held the first of three possible rounds of voting in a close contest to choose the country's next president. prime minister antonis samaras and his conservative-led coalition have nominated former european commissioner stavros dimos for the post.
gunmen shot dead three egyptian policemen late on monday night. the attack took place at a security checkpoint just outside cairo's al-azhar university. eleven people are said to have been wounded. the attack comes just a week before egypt holds presidential elections in which former army chief abdel fattah al-sisi is expected to win.
candidates and voters alike have defied the taliban to return to the polls for the second round run-off in afghanistan's presidential election. former foreig...