Tag Archives: Election 2017

PanAm Podcast, 08/18/17

Source: PanAm Post

"PanAm Post English editor David Unsworth spoke with Buenos Aires journalist Marcelo Duclos about [Argentina's] election results, and the implications going into October 2017 Congressional elections, and looking forward to the 2019 presidential election." [Flash video] (08/18/17)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2017/08/18/marcelo-duclos-macri-strong-showing/

US State Department "disturbed by irregularities" in Rwanda landslide vote

Source: USA Today

"The United States said Saturday it was 'disturbed by irregularities observed during voting' in Rwanda’s election, which longtime President Paul Kagame won with nearly 99% of the vote. A State Department statement reiterated 'long-standing concerns over the integrity of the vote-tabulation process.' Kagame easily won a third term in office in what he had called 'a formality.' He faces another seven years leading the small East African nation praised for its economic performance but criticized for its silencing of opponents. Electoral authorities said Kagame won 98.63% of the vote. Neither of his two challengers won a full percentage point. The U.S. statement also said it remains 'concerned by the lack of transparency in determining the eligibility of prospective candidates,' and it commended Rwanda’s media for reporting on complaints of harassment of some opposition candidates. Kagame faced two challengers, while three others were disqualified for allegedly failing to fulfil requirements including collecting enough signatures." [editor's note: So I guess the empire's attempted coup there must have failed? – SAT] (08/05/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/08/05/rwanda-landslide-vote-united-states/542577001

Venezuela: Maduro claims victory for new assembly

Source: CNN

"President Nicolas Maduro has thanked 'the brave people of Venezuela' for voting in a controversial election for a new Constituent Assembly that will have the power to rewrite his country's constitution. The election will allow Maduro to replace Venezuela's current legislative body — the National Assembly — with the new assembly, made up of 545 members, all nominated by his administration. … The opposition boycotted the election as a fraud and has called for massive protests to begin again Monday." (07/31/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/31/americas/venezuela-constituent-assembly-election/index.html

Kenya: Election official tortured, killed days before vote

Source: Topeka Capital-Journal

"An official crucial to running Kenya’s presidential election next week has been found tortured and killed, the electoral commission chairman said Monday, as concerns grew that the East African nation’s vote again would face dangerous unrest. Wafula Chebukati helped identify the body of Christopher Msando at the city morgue and said he had injuries to the neck and head. Mssando had been reported missing a few days ago. … The main opposition group has charged that President Uhuru Kenyatta wants to rig the elections, an accusation the presidency has denied. The National Super Alliance called Msando’s death an assassination and an attempt to disrupt the elections." (07/31/17)

http://cjonline.com/news/2017-07-31/kenya-election-official-tortured-killed-days-vote

Venezuela: Deadly protests mar ballot as voters snub Maduro assembly

Source: Reuters

"Deadly protests rocked Venezuela on Sunday as voters broadly boycotted an election for a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed would begin a "new era of combat" in the crisis-stricken nation. Anti-Maduro activists wearing hoods or masks erected barricades on roads, and scuffles broke out with security forces who moved in quickly to disperse demonstrators who denounced the election as a naked power grab by the president. Authorities said 10 people were killed in the confrontations, which made Sunday one of the deadliest days since massive protests started in early April." (07/30/17)

https://in.reuters.com/article/venezuela-politics-idINKBN1AG09E

Venezuela: One killed, four wounded in election violence

Source: ABC News

"Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans lined up across the country and in expatriate communities around the world Sunday to vote in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that's raising tensions in a nation battered by shortages and anti-government protests. A 61-year-old woman was killed and four people wounded in shooting that erupted after government supporters on motorcycles swarmed an opposition polling site in a church in the traditionally pro-government Catia neighborhood of western Caracas. … The government calls the opposition vote a manipulation aimed at destabilizing the country, and has been urging its supporters to participate in the constitutional assembly, which it calls a way of restoring peace to Venezuela." (07/16/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuelan-opposition-hopes-big-turnout-protest-vote-48663799

Mongolia: Presidential election forced to second round

Source: US News & World Report

"No candidate has won an outright victory in Mongolia's presidential election meaning the first ever run-off between two leading candidates will be held next month, the General Election Committee said on Tuesday. A populist former martial arts star Khaltmaa Battulga of the opposition Democratic Party won the most votes in the Monday election, but failed to secure the majority required, the committee said. He will face ruling Mongolian People's Party (MPP) candidate Miyeegombo Enkhbold, who came second, in a run-off on July 9, the committee's chairman, Choinzon Tsodnomtseren, told a news briefing. The election has been seen as a referendum on the government's economic recovery plans and China's role in the remote, resource-rich country known as the birthplace of Mongol emperor Genghis Khan." (06/27/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-06-26/no-decisive-winner-in-mongolia-presidential-vote-election-committee

UK: May's Tories seal governing deal with DUP

Source: Bloomberg

"Prime Minister Theresa May kept her grip on power by reaching a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which will support her minority government in key votes in the U.K. Parliament. Broadcasters aired footage of Conservative Chief Whip Gavin Williamson and the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson, the party’s longest-serving member of the Westminster Parliament, signing the accord and shaking hands. … The so-called confidence and supply agreement caps 17 days of discussions after the Conservatives unexpectedly lost their parliamentary majority in this month’s snap election. With May relying on the DUP’s 10 lawmakers to win votes in the House of Commons, talks have centered on extra money for Northern Ireland and plans for the U.K.’s exit from the European Union." (06/26/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-26/may-seals-u-k-governing-deal-with-northern-ireland-s-dup

GA: Republicans hang on to House seat in special election

Source: The Hill

"Republican Karen Handel is projected to win Georgia's special House election, dealing a major blow to Democrats who were hoping to score an early win against President Trump ahead of the 2018 midterms. Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in what had become the most expensive House race in history. Republicans could tout the victory as evidence that backlash to Trump won't win the House for Democrats. Georgia's suburban Atlanta district has been a Republican stronghold for decades, with former Speaker Newt Gingrich among the prominent politicians who have held the seat. Voters in the district repeatedly reelected Tom Price, whose appointment to be Trump's Health and Human Services secretary brought on the special election." (06/20/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/338675-republicans-hang-on-to-house-seat-in-key-georgia-election

Nobody won the Brexit election — but we Leavers risk losing now

Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

"There is a far bigger issue in UK politics now than the survival prospects of hopeless Tory prime minister Theresa May. The future of Brexit is on the line, as the pro-EU elites seek to exploit the indecisive result of the General Election. The question of whether Britain really will withdraw from the anti-democratic institutions of the European Union is in serious doubt. The danger is that we end up with a sort of Remain-by-another-name. That would mark a serious defeat for democracy. It would mean that the vote to Leave by 17.4million last June has been effectively overturned by elitist political manoeuvres inside and outside parliament." (06/13/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/nobody-won-the-brexit-election-but-we-leavers-risk-losing-now/