Afghanistan braces for rematch between political rivals

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday registered to run for president later this year, setting up a rematch after a bitterly disputed 2014 vote led to a power-sharing agreement brokered by the United States. They are the front-runners among at least 14 candidates who registered to run in the July

Southern African bloc calls emergency Congo election meeting

KINSHASA (Reuters) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has called an emergency meeting on Thursday in Addis Ababa to discuss Democratic Republic of Congo’s disputed presidential election, an adviser to President Joseph Kabila said. FILE PHOTO: Martin Fayulu, runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election, delivers his appeal contesting the Congo’s National Independent

Congo’s neighbors call for vote recount in troubled election

Congo’s neighbors are calling for a vote recount in the disputed presidential election and suggesting the formation of a government of national unity to avoid possible instability. The statements by the southern African and Great Lakes regional blocs put new pressure on the government of outgoing President Joseph Kabila to find a peaceful and transparent

Venezuela opposition leader Guaido ‘not afraid’ after detention

CARABALLEDA, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Sunday said that President Nicolas Maduro’s adversaries were “not afraid” even though he was briefly detained by intelligence agents, days after announcing he would be willing to replace the increasingly isolated president. Juan Guaido, President of the Venezuelan National Assembly and lawmaker of the opposition

Venezuela claims win in LatAm diplomatic dispute, ignores criticism of Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government claimed victory on Saturday in a diplomatic quarrel with Latin American countries over a border dispute with Guyana, while ignoring an avalanche of criticism over President Nicolas Maduro’s second term in office. FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a ceremony, after his swearing-in for a second presidential term,

Brits to vote again? Brexit delay creates headache for Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Brexit paralysis has prompted talk of a British election or a second referendum but one odd side-effect could be Britons having to cast their votes for an EU parliament they had decided to leave. Anti-Brexit protesters hold signs outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain January 11, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson Britain

Catholic Church rejects Congo vote result, loser decries ‘coup’

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Congo’s Catholic Church, one of the country’s most respected institutions, challenged Thursday’s official results from a chaotic presidential election, suggesting its tally did not give victory to opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi. Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) who was announced as

The Latest: Opposition candidate Fayulu denounces results

The Latest on Congo’s presidential election (all times local): 5:50 a.m. Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu denounced the Congo election results as an “electoral hold up” that were “rigged, fabricated and invented” and do “not reflect the truth of the ballots.” He called on the Congolese people to “raise as one men to protect victory.” Fayulu

Congo opposition campaign says it’s in touch with Kabila camp on transition

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Representatives of a leading Congolese presidential candidate, Felix Tshisekedi, have met with outgoing President Joseph Kabila’s camp to ensure a peaceful transfer of power, Tshisekedi’s campaign said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), and a presidential candidate,

New Venezuela congress chief says Maduro will be usurper president

CARACAS (Reuters) – The newly elected chief of Venezuela’s opposition-run Congress on Saturday said President Nicolas Maduro will be “usurping the presidency” when he swears in for a second term on Jan. 10 after winning a much criticized and broadly boycotted 2018 election. Juan Guaido, lawmaker of the Venezuelan opposition party Popular Will (Partido Voluntad

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