Rally in Barcelona against new Spanish far-right party
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Several hundred people have marched in Barcelona to protest the emergence of a far-right party in Spain ahead of next month's national elections.
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of Algerians are demonstrating in the major cities of the oil-rich North African country, demanding the resignation of ailing, 82-year-old President Abdelaziz...
NEW DELHI (AP) — A standoff with nuclear rival Pakistan appears to have given Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, head of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, a boost ahead of national...
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Election Commission announced Sunday that national elections will begin April 11, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party seeks a second...
US hits Congo officials with travel bans for graft, abuses
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday hit senior Congolese officials with travel bans for their alleged involvement in corruption and human rights abuses surrounding December...
Estonians kick off online voting for March election
HELSINKI (AP) — Balloting has started for next month's general election in Estonia, an online voting pioneer, amid tight protective measures a day after Microsoft warned that hackers linked to...
Committee convened to provide input on election reforms
DETROIT (AP) — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has put together a committee to advise her administration and Michigan's Elections bureau on election reforms.
South Africa leader in national speech looks toward election
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation address said Thursday the country had begun to recover from "a period of uncertainty and a loss of confidence and trust" under his scandal-ridden predecessor, and he announced that the presidential election will be on May 8.
The national elections are seen by many as a referendum on his ruling African National Congress party.
Israel’s Netanyahu takes aim at media in webcast
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday launched a new weekly webcast to "get rid of the fake from the news" ahead of national elections in April.
In a video shared on social media Saturday, Netanyahu said the webcast will "only cover the reality, and I will continue to ensure that it will be positive."
India budget offers tax cuts, handouts for poor farmers
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government on Friday announced cash handouts for small farmers, a pension scheme for informal workers and a doubling of tax relief for the lower middle class in an interim budget designed to shore up its popularity ahead of national elections due before May.
Ex-chief prosecutor to run for president in Guatemala
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former chief prosecutor lauded for efforts to root out high-level corruption plans to compete for Guatemala's presidency.
Samuel Perez is secretary general of the recently formed Seed Movement party and he announced Thelma Aldana's candidacy overnight.
The party will work with Aldana's civil society organization Citizen Platform and make Aldana its candidate at an assembly in March.
Sonia Gandhi’s daughter enters India politics ahead of vote
NEW DELHI (AP) — A scion of India's most famous political dynasty on Wednesday formally entered politics, with the opposition Congress party assigning her a position as it prepares for national elections due before May.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is the 47-year-old daughter of Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. She has in the past helped her mother and brother, party president Rahul Gandhi, campaign in their constituencies in Uttar Pradesh but had never held a party post.
US concerned at reported Nigerian election intimidation
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Thursday that Nigeria's upcoming national elections will be "a critical test of democracy" in the country and the region, and expressed concern at reports of intimidation and partisanship by government security forces.
India establishes job quotas for poor upper caste members
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Parliament on Wednesday approved a bill providing a 10 percent quota in government jobs for the poor members of upper castes who have been excluded from existing quotas for low-ranking castes.
The Congress party and other opposition parties supported the legislation, but criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for getting it approved just months before the national elections, in an effort the opposition claimed was aimed at winning votes.
Bangladesh deploys soldiers ahead of next Sunday’s elections
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands of army soldiers are being deployed across Bangladesh to provide security and help conduct national elections next Sunday.
The deployment began early Monday and the soldiers will be on duty until Jan. 2, the military's public relations office said.
AP Exclusive: Facebook removes fake Bangladesh news sites
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections, an official from the social media platform told The Associated Press.
Indian Prime Minister Modi’s party loses key state elections
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party has suffered an embarrassing defeat in three state elections in its Hindu stronghold just months before national elections.
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Bangladesh gov’t: Opposition leader Zia can’t contest polls
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's government has announced that opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is ineligible to contest Dec. 30 national elections because she has been sentenced to prison in two corruption cases.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said Sunday that anyone convicted and sentenced to two years or more in jail is not eligible according to a recent Supreme Court ruling.
Hard-line Hindus pressure Modi over temple at disputed site
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Tens of thousands of hard-line Hindus rallied Sunday to demand a Hindu temple be built on a site in northern India where hard-liners in 1992 had attacked and demolished a 16th century mosque, sparking deadly Hindu-Muslim violence.
Senate overrides Rauner veto on immigrant crime-victim visas
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate on Wednesday rejected Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of legislation designed to ensure immigrant crime victims who cooperate with police get the assistance they need to stay in the country.
The 40-12 vote to override the Republican's veto came just a week after the end of a national election campaign in which GOP President Donald Trump made illegal immigration a key issue.
German far-right politician under fire over Swiss donations
BERLIN (AP) — A prominent German far-right politician has come under criticism for receiving 130,000 euros ($146,500) in campaign donations from abroad in an apparent breach of party funding laws.
Alice Weidel, the co-leader of Alternative for Germany, insisted Monday she had no information about the donor or his motives, but had relied on assurances from a party treasurer that the donations were legal.
Bangladesh delays national elections by a week to Dec. 30
DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh agreed Monday to delay national elections by a week because of opposition demands for more time to prepare.
Chief Election Commissioner K.M. Nurul Huda said officials decided to shift the date to Dec. 30 in response to the proposals by the opposition parties. The new deadline for filing nominations is Nov. 28.
Bangladesh to hold elections Dec. 23 despite Zia’s arrest
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's Election Commission announced Thursday that the next national election will be held Dec. 23, despite the imprisonment of the leader of the main opposition party and the banning of its chief partner.
Chief Election Commissioner K.M. Nurul Huda said in a televised address that all arrangements have been made to ensure the election will be peaceful. Candidates must file their applications on Nov. 19.
Polish ruling populists take majority in regional assemblies
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling populist party, Law and Justice, won 254 of the 552 seats in regional assemblies in local elections last weekend, with 194 going to the key opposition coalition, the state electoral commission said Thursday.
Exit poll: Polish populists lead local votes, support down
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The governing populist party, which has repeatedly clashed with European Union institutions, was the top vote winner in local elections Sunday, according to an exit poll, but it was headed to lower support than it got in Poland's 2015 parliamentary elections.
Mattis: Afghan attack will not shake US commitment
SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday the killing of a powerful police chief in southern Afghanistan just two days before national elections is unlikely to fundamentally weaken the security situation.
Mattis commented on the attack in Kandahar during a break in meetings at an Asian security conference in Singapore.
Malaysian PM campaigns for successor and former foe Anwar
PORT DICKSON, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is campaigning for his designated successor and former foe Anwar Ibrahim, urging voters to support his return to active politics.
Mahathir's appearance at a late night political rally Monday marked the first time in two decades that the two shared the same stage, after setting aside a bitter political feud to form an alliance that won a stunning victory in national elections in May.
Iraq tasks Shiite independent with forming new government
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new president has tasked veteran Shiite politician Adel Abdul-Mahdi with forming a new government nearly five months after national elections were held, state TV reported late Tuesday.
The Latest: Shiite independent tapped to be next Iraqi PM
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on Iraq's election of a new president, a step toward forming a new government following May elections (all times local):
Iraq's new president has tasked veteran Shiite politician Adel Abdul-Mahdi with forming a new government nearly five months after national elections were held.
Brazil court bars voters who didn’t register fingerprints
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's highest court ruled Wednesday that 3.4 million people cannot vote in next month's national elections because they failed to register their fingerprints with authorities, a move that could affect the crowded presidential race.
All voting is electronic in Brazil, and since 2016 voters have had to register their fingerprints to cast ballots under a biometric voting system.
Da Silva’s candidate targeted in his 1st Brazil debate
SAO PAULO (AP) — The presidential candidate hand-picked by jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was the main target in his first televised debate Thursday.
Left-leaning Fernando Haddad has risen to second place in opinion polls with backing in the high teens in less than three weeks, but he did not take part in the first three TV debates for next month's national elections.
Iraqi lawmakers elect Sunni Arab as parliament speaker
BAGHDAD (AP) — Amid escalating political wrangling, Iraqi lawmakers elected an Iran-backed Sunni Arab as speaker of parliament on Saturday, the first step in forming a new government four months after national elections.
The 37-year old speaker was supported by the pro-Iran bloc inside parliament, the Building coalition, which is mainly made up of Iran-backed Shiite militiamen — underscoring the growing Iranian influence in the process of forming the country's new government.
UN urges better atmosphere for Libya elections
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged all Libyans on Thursday to improve the atmosphere for national elections in a resolution that avoids mentioning the Dec. 10 target date for voting in the restive North African nation.
UN envoy: Libya lurching from emergencies as extremists grow
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya said the country has lurched from one emergency to another in recent weeks and warned that the Islamic State extremist group is expanding its operations and Libya could become a refuge for terrorist groups of all persuasions.
Ghassan Salame told the Security Council Wednesday that "the status quo in Libya is untenable."
PAC to hold leadership training focused on black voters
DETROIT (AP) — A racial justice group's political action committee plans to hold leadership training in Detroit focused on black voters.
The Color of Change PAC says organizers will meet with about 200 black activists and organizers from across Michigan. Participants in the training and other volunteers also plan to visit about 5,000 homes on Sunday in Detroit.
Pakistan’s ruling party suspends lawmaker for assault
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The party of Pakistan's prime minister-designate on Thursday suspended a newly elected lawmaker after a video surfaced online showing him beating up a citizen in the southern city of Karachi.
The action by the party of former cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, Tahreek-e-Insaf, was intended to showed that it plans to take such offenses seriously.
Khan campaigned on promises he would root out corruption and ensure justice for all.
Cambodia’s ruling party swept seats, official results show
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Final results showed Cambodia's ruling party swept elections last month for the National Assembly, ensuring long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen another term but reinforcing skepticism of the vote's legitimacy.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's likely next prime minister is scrambling to get his coalition government in place as the caretaker government convenes the National Assembly next week to begin the process of transferring power to a new government following last month's national elections.
Caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk asked President Mamnoon Husain on Thursday to convene the National Assembly on Aug. 13 for the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected lawmakers.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's main opposition party will make a statement on Tuesday about its plans to challenge the country's election results in the courts, though it believes the judicial system is biased against it, a party spokesman said.
Nkululeko Sibanda, an official in the Movement for Democratic Change party, also charged Monday that security forces are acting with a "sense of impunity" in alleged raids on the homes of opposition supporters.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's election (all times local):
Zimbabwe's president says people are free to approach the courts if they have issues with the results of Monday's election, which he carried with just over 50 percent of the vote.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's election (all times local):
Zimbabwean authorities say the military will remain in the capital until "this situation is over," a reference to opposition protests over alleged manipulation of Monday's election results.
Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu accuses the opposition of using the presence of international election observers to "grandstand" and cause "anarchy."
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Latest on Cambodia's national election (all times local):
The U.S. government says it regrets that Cambodia's election was flawed and will consider its responses to the outcome and other setbacks to democracy and human rights in the Southeast Asian country.
The long-ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen won Sunday's vote in a widely expected result after the only credible opposition party was dissolved last year by a court ruling.
Mexico’s national elections, at a glance
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans will elect a new president and numerous other officeholders on Sunday. With popular discontent high due to high murder rates and rampant corruption, all four candidates are trying to convince voters that they represent change from the status quo.
Mexico's next leader will serve a six-year term ending in late 2024, and will be constitutionally barred from seeking re-election at the end of his six-year term.