Presidential election campaign has kicked off in Brazil as the country is trying to get over its team's an unexpected devastating defeat in the 2014 World Cup. The beautiful game is definitely a religion in Brazil, many will attest to that. But last year it acquired a new, political, dimension when protests over increased bus fares turned into massive demonstrations against government corruption, police brutality and, last but not the least, the cost of the major sporting event, the World Cup.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that he plans to press for a new constitution for Turkey if he is elected president in elections on August 10. "A new constitution on the path to new Turkey will be one of our priorities if elected president... A new constitution means a new future," he told supporters at a rally in Istanbul.
Moscow calls on candidates for the post of Afghanistan’s president to solve their issues by peaceful means only, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Former Foreign Minister of Afghanistan and presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory on Tuesday in Afghanistan's disputed election. He was blaming fraud for putting him behind his main election rival Ashraf Ghani in preliminary results.
The US may terminate the financial and security support to Afghanistan, if any of the presidential candidates will try to seize power in the country illegally, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, announced on Tuesday that the popular yet controversial Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will take part in the first direct presidential election slated for August. Although, at the moment presidency in Turkey is largely symbolic, Erdogan expressed his wishes to make it vastly more powerful if he gets elected.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will participate in bid for presidency in election in August, his party press service announced on July 1. Erdogan may extend his dominance of the Turkey’s political stage for at least another five years.
Preliminary results of Afghanistan's presidential election race are going to be announced on July 2, the election commission said.
All Ukrainian leaders, former and current, are responsible for the current events taking place in the country, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. "We cannot but be alarmed by the events happening there. And what is happening there? Unfortunately, it is virtually a civil war," Medvedev said at a meeting with regional assets of the United Russia party.
Syria's permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, has decried mistreatment of Syria in the UN. This comes after a recent incident when the UN webcast of a press conference, organized by the Syrian Mission on June 18, was cut off five minutes into al-Jaafari's opening comments. As a result thousands of those watching UN webcasts could not hear the ambassador's speech.
Mauritanians handed acting President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz a fresh mandate by a large margin, the country's election commission said late Sunday. Abdel Aziz, who first came to power in a 2008 coup, was re-elected with nearly 82 percent of the vote, the commission said in announcing its provisional results. His nearest rival, Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, won nearly 9 percent of the vote, while two other contenders, Boidiel Ould Houmeid and Ibrahim Moctar Sarr, both received about 4.5 percent.
Brazil's first-ever female President, Dilma Rousseff, has been selected by the Workers' Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores, or PT) to run for a second term in the October election, Argentinian Infobae reported Saturday. "The time has come to move forward, a time of great change, my dear fellows. Brazil wants those, who have proved their ability to deeply change the country, improve the life of our people, to stand behind the changes," Rousseff said.
Polls opened on Saturday in an election in Mauritania widely expected to hand a new term in office to ex-army general and President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
The winner of the Afghanistan's presidential election is yet to be announced. In an exclusive interview with Radio VR Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh, research associate at London School of Economics, comments on what awaits the country after either ex-Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah or former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani gets elected, what challenges Afghanistan faces. She stresses that, should extremists remain in the nation, Afghanistan could suffer Iraq's fate.
The voting in the second round of Afghanistan's presidential election has ended, with almost 60% of the population reportedly casting their votes despite a spike in violence. Taliban militants launched hundreds of attacks with rockets, explosives and gunfire killing at least 46 people.
In early June former Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in as the president of Egypt after securing over 96% of the vote, nearly a year after he ousted his predecessor Mohamed Morsi. Radio VR discusses what challenges he faces and what Egypt's relations with Russia, the US and other countries will be with Timophey Bordachev, the director of the Center for European Studies at the Higher School of Economics, Alexander Shumilin, the head of the Center for the Greater Middle East Conflicts at the Institute for the USA and Canada Studies, and Daniella Grutsky-Ekshtein, political counselor at the Israeli Embassy in Moscow.
Turkey's two largest opposition parties agreed Monday to run Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, a diplomat and academic, as their joint candidate for the presidential election in August reports the German Press Agency.
Hillary Clinton has told a German magazine the US should follow Germany, where Angela Merkel is chancellor, and have a woman in charge.
Afghanistan began voting early Saturday in a run-off election for a new president amid security concerns. Thousands of Afghans lined up at polling centers from early morning to cast their ballots. "The polls are open now. I call on all the people to go to the polling stations and make their destiny despite security challenges," Election Commission chief Yousuf Nooristani said after casting his own ballot.
Reuven Rivlin, a veteran nationalist politician and supporter of the Jewish settlement movement, was chosen by Israel’s parliament on Tuesday as the country’s next president. He now faces the difficult task of succeeding Shimon Peres, a Nobel peace laureate who became an all-star on the international stage.