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Conservative Ruling Party Loses Support in Bavarian Election

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The voters in the German state of Bavaria elected representatives to their regional Landtag on Sunday. The Christian Social Union (CSU), the conservative Bavarian sister-party of the federal Christian Democratic Union, won the most votes yet lost sixteen seats (Deustche Welle 1). The CSU has governed Bavaria without interruption for decades, but CSU leader Markus […]

Brazilian Judge Blocks Lula’s Release from Prison

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Brazilian Federal Judge Sergio Moro overruled another judge’s order to release imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, or “Lula,” on Sunday (Reuters). Lula is serving a 12-year sentence in prison for bribery, and awaits six additional trials for corruption charges (Reuters). Lula denies wrongdoing, calling the bribery accusation a “conspiracy” to bar him […]

Maldives Exiled Former President Abandons Presidential Bid

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Mohamed Nasheed, exiled former president of the Maldives, has abandoned his bid for the presidency in the nation’s upcoming election (AP). Nasheed won 43,922 of 44,011 votes cast in the primary, campaigning from Sri Lanka, where he lives in exile (Reuters). However, the Elections Commission refused to accept the results, citing Nasheed’s conviction on terrorism […]

Zimbabwe’s First Post-Mugabe Elections Announced

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Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced last week that the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections would be on July 30, 2018 (BBC). This will be the first election since the military forced President Robert Mugabe out of office in a coup last November (CNN). Mnangagwa’s strongest challenger is 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic […]

Venezuelan President Wins a Second Term

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro won reelection on Sunday. Maduro won by a wide margin, receiving 68% of votes cast, to second-place finisher Henri Falcon’s 21%. Maduro will serve another six-year term, continuing through 2025 (LAT). Opposition leaders called for a boycott of the election to express their dissatisfaction with the government; the voter turnout was […]