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Deadly border ambush clouds south Sudan vote

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:07 am

JUBA, Sudan (AFP) – A deadly ambush targeting south Sudanese returning from the north for a week-long independence vote clouded the mood of enthusiasm across the south that saw polling hours extended from Tuesday.


Misseriya Arab tribesmen killed 10 south Sudanese civilians and wounded 18 near the border as they were returning from the north, southern internal affairs minister Gier Chuang said on Tuesday.


“A convoy of returnees coming from the north to the south were ambushed yesterday (Monday) at about 5:00 pm (1400 GMT) by armed Misseriya. Ten were killed and 18 were wounded,” Chuang told a news conference in the southern regional capital Juba.


The landmark independence referendum, which again saw a big turnout on its third day, has prompted tens of thousands of southerners to return from the north.

AFP file – A pedestrian walks on an unpaved road in Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan.

Chuang called for the Khartoum government to be held to account for the attack by the Arab nomad tribe, which was a key auxiliary militia of the northern army during the 1983-2005 civil war and is involved in a continuing conflict with pro-southern Dinka in the disputed border district of Abyei.


“The Misseriya belong to a state and that state has to be held accountable,” he said.


Misseriya chief Hamid al-Ansari denied the tribe had been involved in any ambush of returning southerners but northern police confirmed they had received reports of an attack.


“How could we have carried out such actions when the United Nations is on the ground between us and the Dinka?” Ansari told AFP.


“On top that, for several days now people returning to the south have been a taking a different route far away from us.”


Sudanese police spokesman Ahmed Tahami said: “We have received reports that a convoy of people returning to Bahr al-Ghazal (in the south) was attacked but we have no other details.”


Misseriya tribesmen have stopped southerners returning to the south through their areas several times in the past as part of their conflict with the Ngok Dinka over Abyei.


There has been an upsurge of violence in the district in recent days in which the two sides reported losses totalling at least 33 dead since Friday.


UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned the latest violence, and the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said it had intensified its patrolling activities in Abyei and was on standby to reinforce its peacekeeping presence if needed.


Ban “condemns the reported loss of life and calls upon the National Congress Party and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement leadership to maintain calm and ensure that this issue is resolved through peaceful dialogue,” his spokesman said, refering to the ruling parties in Khartoum and Juba.


The head of UNMIS, Haile Menkerios, was in Abyei on Tuesday for consultations with local leaders, a UN spokesman said, while Western governments continued to voice their concerns over the situation there.


“We are monitoring the situation on the ground very closely and urge the people of Abyei and their leaders to exercise restraint,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement.


Tensions in the district have been rising with the launch of the independence vote in the south. Abyei had been due to hold a simultaneous plebiscite on its own future, but it has been indefinitely postponed amid deadlock over who should be eligible to vote.


The Misseriya, who migrate to Abyei each dry season to find water and pasture for their livestock, insist they should have the same right to vote as the Dinka, settled farmers who live in the district all year.


In the south, referendum organisers said the huge turnout seen on Sunday and Monday had been repeated across the region and that polling hours were being extended by an hour for the remaining five days of voting.


The huge crowds still queueing to cast their ballots at the end of the original 8:00 am to 5:00 pm voting hours had left many polling stations struggling to cope over the first two days.


The referendum commission’s number two Chan Reec said figures were only available from less than half of polling stations but that at those centres alone, nearly a million of the 3.75 million people registered in the south had already voted.


The prospect of secession by the south had sparked fears of a wider break-up of Sudan, which has experienced other rebellions in the war-torn western region of Darfur and also in the east, where a 12-year uprising ended with a still-fragile peace agreement in 2006.

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Authorities in Haiti delay final vote results

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2010 at 6:28 am

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Dec 19, 2010 (AFP) – Electoral authorities in Haiti announced late Sunday they had decided to delay publication of final presidential election results until the Organization of American States finishes its probe of the controversial vote.


The results were initially expected on Monday, but the Haitian Election Council said it had decided to “postpone publication of the results of the first round of voting until the contentious phase of the electoral process is over and an OAS mission requested by President Rene Preval finishes its work.”


Haiti’s chaotic election was carried out last month amid widespread allegations of fraud and the disenfranchisement of thousands of people, who either couldn’t get the necessary papers to vote or weren’t on the register.


Preval has asked the OAS to assist Haitian authorities in verifying the results of the vote.


Preliminary results of the first round of balloting have placed opposition candidate Mirlande Manigat in the lead with 31 percent of the vote. She is followed by ruling party candidate Jude Celestin who had 22 percent.

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Preval agrees not to release Haiti vote count: OAS

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 10:26 am

Haitian President Rene Preval has agreed not to release final results of the impoverished country’s disputed elections until after consultations with members of the Organization of American States, an official told AFP.

The candidates in Haiti’s presidential election.

OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza “spoke with President Preval today and requested a delay of the announcement of the final results of the elections,” assistant secretary general Albert Ramdin told AFP on Friday.


After the call from the OAS, Preval “agreed that he would ask the (Provisional Electoral Council, CEP) not to announce any results for now, until the OAS can help with the clarification process,” Ramdin said.


The Haiti electoral commission has said it will review the results of the presidential elections released earlier this month after Preval’s handpicked candidate Jude Celestin defied predictions to win a place in a run-off vote.


“We will see if everybody agrees these terms of reference, then start the process of clarification and recount,” Ramdin said.


It was also important to not “only focus on the electoral aspect but also on creating momentum for political acceptance of the final outcome of the clarification process,” he added.


The CEP previously has set a December 20 deadline to announce final election results.


The electoral commission plans a recount of tally sheets in the presence of the three main candidates, although popular singer Michel Martelly — ousted in the first round — and Mirlande Manigat — a former first lady who topped the poll — have refused to take part.


Manigat meanwhile Friday said she welcomed a second round in the poll but not with three or more candidates, a possibility that was raised earlier this week by French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie.


Ramdin on Wednesday visited Haiti after Preval asked for the OAS to set up a mission to help in the recount, which he said could be ready by early next week.


However, Ramdin said the special mission was not prepared to travel to Haiti unless the final election results were delayed.


“There’s no sense in clarifying the election results if those results are made final,” he said.


Ramdin also said the special mission “can only be successful if it is given access to all the information and an independent report is guaranteed.”


The OAS official said that over the weekend Celestin, Manigat and Martelly would be consulted to see if an agreement can be reached on how the recount is to be carried out.


Once an agreement is reached, he added, the recount will begin.


Martelly, who lost the number 2 spot in the November 28 polls by a mere 7,000 votes, on Wednesday warned that his supporters could “take to the streets” to protest what he insists were flawed election results,


“I’m telling you, if they come back to us with bad solutions, the people are going to take to the streets,” he told AFP.


The singer called this week for a re-run of the entire vote, with all 18 candidates taking part in the do-over, and the victor claiming Haiti’s presidency.


UN peacekeepers in riot gear had to restore order in major cities last week after at least five people were killed in politically charged riots, but the streets of Port-au-Prince have been calm since Friday.


Haiti’s chaotic election was carried out amid widespread allegations of fraud and the disenfranchisement of thousands of quake survivors and slum dwellers, who either couldn’t get the necessary papers to vote or weren’t on the register.


 

Source: SGGP

Irish lawmakers to vote on EU-IMF bailout deal

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:46 am

 Ireland’s parliament is set to back the country’s 85-billion-euro (113-billion-dollar) EU-IMF bailout later Wednesday, but it will be a close vote, a key independent lawmaker said.


Joe Behan, a former member of Prime Minister Brian Cowen’s Fianna Fail party, told AFP on Tuesday that he expected the vote to be “extremely tight.”


“It could be passed by just two votes,” added Behan.


The bailout deal for crisis-hit Ireland comprises 67.5 billion euros in external loans and guarantees from the European Union and International Monetary Fund, with another 17.5 billion euros from the Irish government.

Irish police guard the front gate of the Irish Parliament building (Dail) in Dublin, Ireland, on December 7, 2010.

Lawmakers will vote later Wednesday at the Dail, or lower house of parliament, amid stubborn market worries over the eurozone debt crisis.


Cowen’s parliamentary party has called for the vote to “add political legitimacy to the agreement and to force the opposition to take a definitive position on the matter.”


Behan, now an independent lawmaker in the Wicklow constituency south of Dublin, has backed the government’s budget measures and will be voting for the deal.


The lawmaker, who resigned from Fianna Fail in 2008, added that he was “very, very sceptical” that the opposition would be able to negotiate a better bailout deal if they got into power.


Cowen has said opposition parties were still trying to make the public believe that there was “an easy way out” of the country’s funding crisis.


The vote would give them the opportunity “to either come clean, recognise that this deal is essential and in the best interests of the country, or spell out their alternative,” he argued.


But Cowen’s personal standing has plummeted to just eight percent in the polls and support for his party is also down sharply: it is at 13 percent compared to the 42 percent backing it received in the 2007 general election.


Judging from the polls, it is facing a drubbing when the country holds elections again early next year.


Ireland’s opposition parties — who have already voted against the government’s annual 2011 budget — have said they will also reject the EU-IMF memorandum of understanding on the bailout.


Dr James Reilly, deputy leader of the main opposition Fine Gael party, described the decision to vote on the bailout as a “political stunt” to deflect attention from the dismal nature of the deal.


Fianna Fail had initially refused to hold a Dail vote on the deal, he said. “Now they can’t wait to have one. The only thing that has changed is Brian Cowen’s need to keep his restive backbenchers happy.


“Fine Gael has already made it quite clear that we regard the IMF-EU bailout package as a most incompetent piece of negotiation.


“It makes no sense for Fine Gael to support a vote on a bailout which we intend to renegotiate. Such a move would only weaken the ability of a Fine Gael Government to renegotiate the deal after an election,” Reilly said.


But government chief whip John Curran was confident the bailout will be endorsed with the help of independent lawmakers.

“Yes, I do believe that the government will have the numbers to pass this motion without the support of the opposition,” he said in a statement.

The IMF’s executive board has decided to delay consideration of the rescue plan for Ireland until after Wednesday’s vote.

Source: SGGP

Candidates call for vote postponement in cholera-hit Haiti

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:09 am

Obama on nationwide blitz with vote two weeks off

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:25 am

US President Barack Obama on Sunday pursued a coast-to-coast campaign blitz through key battlegrounds, looking to energize Democrats and stave off a likely drubbing in elections barely two weeks off.


“This is a tough political environment,” he told a cheering crowd during a tag-team campaign trip on Friday in Delaware, home patch of Vice President Joe Biden. “I need you all to keep on fighting.”


With the November 2 contest set to turn on deep voter anger at the sour US economy, high joblessness, and soaring home foreclosures, Obama has been warning his Republican foes will make things worse.


“The other side wants you to believe that this election is simply a referendum on the current state of the economy, but make no mistake,” he said. “This election is a choice. And the stakes couldn’t be higher.”

US President Barack Obama talks with local residents after attending a Democratic fundraiser in West Newton, Massachusetts

“The last thing we should do is return to a philosophy that nearly destroyed our economy,” said Obama, who delivered much the same message Saturday at a rally for a political kindred spirit, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts.


Obama’s Republican foes, meanwhile, surfed a political spending tidal wave designed to sweep away weakened White House allies and capture at least the House of Representatives in the November 2 contest.


And they have hammered at the ballooning US national debt and what they described as runaway government spending, vowing to cut taxes and rein in Washington.


Analysts predicted that Republicans stood a solid chance of netting the 39 seats they needed to retake the House and would seize key governorships but fall just short of the 10 new seats needed to seize the Senate.


On Sunday, Obama was to get a charge of enthusiasm from his wife Michelle Obama, appearing together on the campaign trail for the first time since the 2008 presidential race with two events in Ohio.


The First Lady made her 2010 stump debut last week, pleading in compassionate tones for patience with the sluggish pace of economic recovery nearly two years after her husband won the White House.


“I know that a lot of folks are still hurting, I know that for a lot of folks, change hasn’t come fast enough,” she said while campaigning for Democratic Senator Russ Feingold, who looks headed for defeat in Wisconsin.


The president was to set off on a four-day campaign swing starting Wednesday to prop up vulnerable candidates, pour fresh cash into party coffers, and renew a bond with voters who helped put him in the White House and will likely be called upon again in his reelection bid in 2012.


He will begin in Oregon, a far western state with an independent streak, where, as presidential hopeful, Obama stunned political observers in May 2008 by pulling in a crowd estimated at 75,000 people to an outdoor rally.


He will then move next door to Washington to stump for Senator Patty Murray who — like her boss in the party’s Senate leadership, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid — is facing an unexpectedly tough race.


Murray’s bitter battle with business executive Dino Rossi is one of a handful that will decide which party will run the Senate.


On October 22, Obama will ride to the rescue of Senator Barbara Boxer, an outspoken California liberal with a small edge in her close duel with former Hewlett-Packard boss Carly Fiorina on historically safe Democratic turf.


The president will also travel to Reid’s home state of Nevada, which has the highest unemployment and home foreclosure rates in the country, as the senator fights for his political life against Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle.


Obama will hold the latest of his big rallies for the Democratic National Committee, aiming to fire up his personal coalition of voters, after two years in which his legions of young, racially diverse supporters have seen their enthusiasm ebb in the grim aftermath of the worst economic crisis in decades.

“I understand that some of the excitement has faded since election night or inauguration day,” he said in Delaware. “But I’m here to tell you, don’t let anybody tell you that this fight is not worth it.”

With turnout in the Nevada race likely to be decisive, Obama’s jolt of energy could help head off what would be a stunning Republican success if Reid is unseated.

On his way back to the White House, Obama will stop Saturday in his 10th state in nine days via Minnesota, a key 2012 battleground. His schedule already includes an October 25 stop in Rhode Island, with more travel sure to come.

Source: SGGP

South Sudan vote risks being derailed by organisers: SPLM

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 11:23 am

KHARTOUM, Aug 12, 2010 (AFP) – A referendum due early next year on south Sudan’s independence will be derailed unless the country’s electoral commission swiftly resolves an internal row, a southern leader warned on Thursday.


“If the referendum commission within the next two weeks is not able to resolve all the issues that they are facing now, the referendum will be killed off and the referendum commission will be responsible for that,” said Pagan Amum, secretary general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).


South Sudan is set to hold a referendum on January 9, as part of a 2005 peace deal, which promises southerners the chance to choose independence or to remain part of a united Sudan.


Parliament ratified a key law at the end of last year setting up the vote and the commission responsible for organising it, after nothern and southern leaders overcame a dispute that threatened to jeopardise the peace deal.

Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir (C) gestures at the crowd during a gathering with supporters from Darfur in the capital Khartoum on August 7, 2010. AFP PHOTO

But the commission, which should have been formed at the beginning of 2010, was only nominated in June, and its members are still divided over who should head the commission.


“The commission now is paralysed, it is not working,” Amum said.


“I am afraid there may be elements within the referendum commission that are actually planning… a postponement, or in the worst case a total betrayal (of the right) to be exercised by the people of southern Sudan,” he added.


Under the referendum law, the final list of eligible voters should be drawn up by October 9, three months before the vote itself.


However, the commission has still not begun the laborious process of voter registration which is expected to take several weeks at least.


“We at the commission will begin the necessary measures to try to hold the referendum on time but we must warn the partners” there is not enough time, commission member Tarek Osman al-Taher told AFP on Monday.


His comments were condemned as “irresponsible” by the SPLM, the former southern rebel group that fought a devastating 22-year war with the north in which about two million people were killed before a power sharing deal was finally agreed in 2005.


“Sudan is entering a very dangerous and concerning moment,” Amum said, adding any postponement of the referendum would “not be in the interests of peace.”

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‘Yes’ vote edges towards victory in Kenya referendum

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 7:21 am

Supporters of Kenya’s proposed new constitution have mustered twice as many votes as its opponents with more than six million ballots already tallied on Thursday, provisional results showed.


No victor was yet declared by the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) but the “yes” camp of President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga looked to be headed for a comfortable win.


The IIEC did not announce turnout but polling officials put the figure at around 70 percent after polling stations closed on Wednesday.


With 12.4 million registered voters in the country, a 70 percent turnout would mean the “yes” camp needs around 4.3 million votes to secure victory.

A Kenyan poll worker helps count votes at a local polling station in the western Kenyan town of Eldoret.

The latest provisional figures early Thursday showed it already had 4.1 million to the “no” camp’s two million.


A dispute over the results of the December 2007 election which led to deadly violence started amid suspicion over the transparency of the tallying process, which lasted three days, and the independence of the electoral commission.


The electoral board’s members were subsequently changed, its methods modernised under international guidance and the results came in fast on Wednesday.


The provincial breakdown of the provisional results showed that the Rift Valley, which saw some of the worst 2007-2008 violence, voted overwhelmingly against the new constitution.


Led by Higher Education Minister William Ruto, the “no” camp has criticised the proposed constitution over clauses on abortion and land but promised to accept the outcome of the referendum.

Source: SGGP

Polish rivals face run-off in presidential vote: exit polls

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm

 Polish interim president Bronislaw Komorowski placed first in an election Sunday to replace head of state Lech Kaczynski, who died in an air crash, but faces a run-off against the late leader’s twin, exit polls showed.


Liberal parliamentary speaker Komorowski scored 41.2 percent ahead of 35.8 percent for conservative ex-premier Jaroslaw Kaczynski, falling short of the 50 percent mark needed to avoid a second round on July 4.


“In life, as in football and all sports, it’s extra time that’s the most difficult,” Komorowski, 58, told cheering supporters in Warsaw.


“Let’s be wide awake and mobilise our strength and all our energy for the final stretch.”


Parliament speaker, acting president and presidential candidate Bronislaw Komorowski greets supporters in Warsaw after acknowledging exit polls for the early presidential elections in Poland.

Kaczynski, 61, urged his camp to brace for the run-off, which pre-election polls suggested Komorowski would win.


“The key to victory is faith, the conviction that it is possible and necessary to win. We must win for our homeland, for Poland,” he said at his Warsaw base.


The exit poll by the TNS OBOP agency for Polish public television was released as voting ended at 8:00 pm (1800 GMT). Official results are due Monday.


Centre-left Social Democrat Grzegorz Napieralski scored a surprise 14 percent, setting him up as a possible kingmaker. Polls showed two-thirds of his electorate would back Komorowski.


“Grzegorz Napieralski has won important political capital to tip the balance in the second round,” sociologist Professor Edmund Wnuk-Lipinski told AFP.


Analyst Stanislaw Mocek noted many Poles go on vacation in July, potentially playing into Kaczynski’s hands. “His voters are highly disciplined,” Mocek said.


Seven other candidates each took less than three percent.


Polls put turnout at around 55 percent.


The snap ballot came after Lech Kaczynski died on April 10 in western Russia along with 95 others including his wife Maria and top political and military figures, leaving Poland reeling.


Their plane was heading to a memorial ceremony for thousands of Polish officers killed by the Soviets during World War II.


The campaign was also overshadowed by floods that killed 24 people and drove thousands from their homes.


The election is crucial for the Kaczynskis‘ eurosceptic conservative Law and Justice party which, after losing power in a 2007 parliamentary election, counted on the president’s veto to hamper the liberal government’s policies.


On the other hand, victory for Komorowski — a close ally of Prime Minister Donald Tusk — would boost their market-friendly Civic Platform party before parliamentary elections due late next year.


In Warsaw Sunday, Kaczynski loyalists signed a 100-metre (yard) red-and-white Polish flag at his headquarters.

“This is a flag to show how many Poles support Jaroslaw Kaczynski. I believe he will win. He is the only person who will work for an independent Poland,” said Romualda Wasik, 30.

But Komorowski voter Grazyna Rykowa, 50, said that was wrongheaded.

“I chose Bronislaw Komorowski because of his experience in parliament and because Mr. Kaczynski did not pass the test when he served as prime minister — he already had his chance,” she said.

Under the constitution, Komorowski became acting president after the plane crash.

Even before it, he was preparing to challenge Lech Kaczynski’s bid for a second term in an election originally scheduled for later this year, and was tipped to win.

Despite shared roots in Solidarity, the movement that brought down Poland’s communist regime in 1989, Civic Platform and Law and Justice are bitter rivals.

“They’re similar as candidates really, both of them with roots in the anti-communist opposition, but I voted for Jaroslaw Kaczynski — he’s more inclined to social welfare,” said 25-year-old Michal Luczak.

Lech Kaczynski was elected president in 2005 and Jaroslaw Kaczynski was premier in 2006-2007. The period saw regular clashes between the twins and fellow EU leaders — Poland joined the bloc in 2004 — plus mudslinging at home.

The pro-EU Civic Platform trounced Law and Justice in the 2007 general election.

Source: SGGP

Liberals draw one seat ahead of Labour in Dutch vote

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

THE HAGUE (AFP) – The Liberals were one seat ahead of Labour with 88 percent of the vote counted early Thursday after cliff-hanger general elections in the Netherlands, the far-right Party for Freedom the big winner in third place.


The Liberal party (VVD) led by Mark Rutte, which had campaigned on the need for deep spending cuts, and the Labour party (PvdA) of Job Cohen had been tied for hours at 31 seats each in the 150-seat parliament after Wednesday’s polls.

Women in traditional dresses vote in general elections in Staphorst. AFP photo

But with a greater percentage of the votes counted, published partial results showed the Liberals with 31 and Labour on 30.


Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV), which demands an end to immigration from Muslim countries and a ban on new mosques, took its number of lawmakers from nine in the last parliament to 24, and could hope to enter a coalition government.


The far-right leader with his distinctive shock of fair hair called the result of Wednesday’s elections “magnificent”.


“The impossible has happened,” he told a televised party gathering. “We are the biggest winner today. The Netherlands chose more security, less crime, less immigration and less Islam.”


Pushed into fourth place was the Christian Democratic Action party of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. The CDA, which has been in almost all Dutch governments since World War II, lost 20 seats to end at 21, and was the big loser in the election.


Balkenende, who had headed a centre-left coalition since 2007, acknowledged defeat by resigning both his party’s leadership and his seat in parliament.


“I have informed the party chairman that I will lay down my party membership with immediate effect,” said Balkenende, 54, adding that he was taking “political responsibility” for the state of affairs.


The Liberals, who had 21 seats in the outgoing parliament, had topped opinion polls for several weeks.


Labour lost two seats compared with the previous elections in 2006.


The election was the first in a eurozone country since the Greek financial crisis erupted and has been closely watched to see how the public reacts to Europe’s wave of austerity.


The Liberals had led pre-election polls with their promise to cut public spending by about 45 billion euros (54 billion dollars) over the next four years and by 20 billion euros a year from 2015. But their support appeared to drain away in the final 48 hours of lobbying.


Rutte had also promised to eradicate the public deficit, which was 5.3 percent of GDP last year, shrink the government and parliament, lower income taxes and cap civil servant pay rises while raising the retirement age by two years to 67.


Labour had promised more “careful” savings, the retention of social benefits and higher taxes for the rich.


Rutte has set a target date of July 1 for the establishment of a new government. “We do not exclude any party,” he said in a debate Tuesday night when asked about a possible coalition with the far right.


He was previously reported as saying that a coalition with Labour was unlikely. Cohen has ruled out cooperation with the PVV.


The maverick Wilders has earned notoriety around the world with his campaign to ban the Koran in a bid to “stop the Islamisation of the Netherlands”.


Wilders, who has called Islam a fascist religion and likens the Koran to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, is known abroad for his 17-minute commentary, “Fitna”, which was termed “offensively anti-Islamic” by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.


He goes on trial in the Netherlands in October on charges of inciting racial hatred against Muslims. He was barred from entering Britain in 2009 to stop him spreading “hatred and violent messages.”


Voters marked their ballots with red pencils at some 10,000 polling stations in an election called after the government collapsed in February in a spat over military aid to Afghanistan.


The voter turnout was put at 74 percent, the lowest since 1998.


With none of the competing 18 parties able to rule alone, the party that emerges on top will lead coalition negotiations.


Official results will be released next Tuesday.

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Source: SGGP