Election fever as nine ministers prepare for early election

General election fever as NINE ministers warn their constituency associations to prepare for a snap poll Nine ministers tell constituency associations to prepare for general election Said to have asked local parties to get ready for a campaign for February 28 Growing feeling around the Cabinet table that an early poll could happen  At least nine ministers, including three in […]

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Congo forces surround presidential runner-up's residence

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Republican Guard soldiers and police officers surrounded the residence of the runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election on Saturday before he could leave to file a fraud complaint in court, witnesses said.     Dozens of supporters of Martin Fayulu, who had gathered outside his Kinshasa hotel and residence and were chanting slogans against outgoing President Joseph […]

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Tshisekedi win in Congo presidential election at odds with Catholic Church tallies: diplomats

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Vote tallies compiled by Democratic Republic of Congo’s Catholic Church contradict official presidential results released by the election commission on Thursday, two diplomats said.     The commission declared opposition leader, Felix Tshisekedi, the official winner early on Thursday in what could lead to Congo’s first democratic transfer of power. But an observer mission from the Church’s bishops […]

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Congo cuts internet for second day to avert 'chaos' before poll results

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo’s government cut internet connections and SMS services across the country for a second straight day on Tuesday as the country nervously awaited results from the weekend’s chaotic presidential election. Both the opposition and ruling coalition said on Monday they were on track to win after a turbulent election day on Sunday in which […]

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Bangladesh PM Hasina rejects complaints of rigging after landslide win

DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday rejected opposition complaints of vote rigging and said people had gone to the polls enthusiastically in a general election that her ruling alliance swept with a landslide. The victory consolidates Hasina’s decade-long rule in the South Asian nation, in which her government has overseen booming economic growth, but is accused […]

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Congo election preparations shaky, monitors say, with opposition ahead

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Polling stations in Democratic Republic of Congo are ill-prepared for Sunday’s presidential election, diplomats and an observer mission said, as new polling showed opposition candidate Martin Fayulu favored to win. Frustration has mounted across the vast, shakily governed Central African country after repeated election delays and blunders as well as a decision this week to shelve voting […]

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Masked youths attack Bangladeshi journalists covering election campaign

DHAKA (Reuters) – Around two dozen masked youths attacked a group of Bangladeshi reporters with hockey sticks and batons, injuring about 10 of them, when they were resting at a hotel after covering an election rally, the journalists said on Tuesday. The incident, which occurred late on Monday in the town of Nawabgonj about 40 km (25 miles) from the […]

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Lebanon's Berri says some parties do not want government formed: newspaper

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s parliament speaker said there are parties that do not want a new government, a newspaper reported on Monday, highlighting the obstacles that have derailed its formation after an agreement had seemed close. More than seven months since its last election, Lebanon, heavily indebted and suffering low economic growth, is in dire need of an administration to […]

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Explainer: What's at stake in Congo's presidential election?

DAKAR (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo will vote on Dec. 23 in a long-delayed election that could enable the vast Central African country’s first democratic transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960. President Joseph Kabila is due to step down after 18 years in the office he inherited from his assassinated father, and two years after his […]

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Judge orders poacher to watch ‘Bambi’ repeatedly while in jail

A Missouri judge has found a creative way to possibly conjure remorse from a poacher he sentenced to jail. A man who was convicted of participating in a group that illegally killed hundreds of deer has been ordered to watch Walt Disney’s “Bambi” repeatedly while serving his sentence, online case records show. David Berry, Jr. is one of four family […]

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