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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 […]

Macedonia’s Left Wing Coalition Claims Electoral Victory

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Macedonia’s left leaning ruling party claimed victory in the country after recent regional elections (Telesur). A clear lead was declared as the polls closed, and the left-wing coalition successfully led in 54 of Macedonia’s 80 municipalities. Previous local elections favored the country’s conservative party; in previous elections conservatives led with support from 56 of 81 […]