Madagascar presidential election: What you need to know

Four former presidents, three ex-prime ministers, a pastor and a popular rock singer; when it comes to picking their next head of state, voters in Madagascar are not short of options. Far from it. Overall, the names of 36 hopefuls will be on display in the A3-sized ballot papers on Wednesday, when nearly 10 million registered…

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Brazilians Head to Polls in Divisive Presidential Election

RIO DE JANEIRO—A firebrand ex-army captain swept to victory in Brazil’s presidential election, joining the growing ranks of antiestablishment leaders across the world and shifting Latin America’s largest nation sharply to the right. Jair Bolsonaro, a champion of Brazil’s 1964-1985 right-wing dictatorship that he once served, had 55.1% of the vote against Fernando Haddad of…

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro Takes Lead in First Round of Presidential Election

RIO DE JANEIRO—An ex-army captain turned presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, took a commanding lead in Brazil’s presidential vote Sunday, positioning himself to take the presidency of the world’s fourth-largest democracy in a second round of voting in three weeks. Mr. Bolsonaro, 63 years old, a staunch defender of Brazil’s past dictatorship who has alienated much…

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Who is Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate?

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – To detractors, he’s a dangerous cheerleader of dictatorship. To supporters, he’s the presidential candidate capable of delivering salvation from Brazil’s political, social and economic crises. Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right firebrand and self-styled political outsider, is divisive. He’s also just one election win away from potentially becoming the next leader of…

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Who is Fernando Haddad, Brazil’s leftist presidential candidate?

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – In political campaigns, a candidate’s name is all important; splashed across adverts, booed by critics or chanted by supporters and, ultimately, decided on by voters come election day. For Brazilian presidential contender Fernando Haddad, however, the name that appears to matter most to his election bid isn’t in fact his own. Instead,…

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Anglophone crisis looms over Cameroon’s presidential election

Yaounde, Cameroon – On the morning of October 7, eight of Cameroon’s 10 regions will vote in a presidential election that could end the long-running leadership of Paul Biya, who has been in office since 1982 and was prime minister in the seven years before that.  Dissidents in the remaining two regions – the South…

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Maldives opposition takes early lead in tense presidential poll

Maldivian presidential challenger Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says. The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win. Results released by the Elections Commission on Monday morning…

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Brazil faces month of political chaos ahead of presidential election

Brazil’s presidential race remains wide open, leaving the future of the world’s fifth-most populous country and eighth-largest economy mired in uncertainty. It is unlikely any candidate will win a majority in the first round of voting on October 7, which would trigger a runoff on October 26. The big picture: Anxieties over endemic crime and…

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DNC Votes to Bar Superdelegates From Convention’s First Presidential Ballot

CHICAGO—Democrats resolved one of the thorniest internal rifts of the 2016 campaign by reducing the clout of party insiders and elected officials in picking its next presidential nominee. Democratic National Committee members voted Saturday to strip from so-called superdelegates—a group that includes DNC members, federal lawmakers, governors and past presidents and party chairmen—the right to…

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Attorney says Cohen would decline presidential pardon

Michael Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis told CNN on Wednesday that Cohen would reject a pardon from his former client, Donald Trump, if granted. “Under no circumstances, since he came to the judgment after Mr. Trump’s election to the presidency of the United States that his suitability is a serious risk to our country. … His…

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