KINSHASA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Congolese rallied on Saturday in support of President Joseph Kabila's preferred successor, two months before an election that could mark the country's first democratic transition of power. Kabila selected Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, a former interior minister, in August to represent his ruling coalition in the Dec. 23 vote, ending years of speculation about whether he would defy the constitution by seeking a third term in office. Kabila's decision not to run calmed fears that the violence sparked by his refusal to step down when his mandate expired in 2016 could escalate into another civil war in Democratic Republic of Congo. Coalition supporters waving the flags of its member parties and banners emblazoned with Ramazani's face packed the bleachers and playing field at Kinshasa's Tata Raphael Stadium to hear speeches by Ramazani, Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala and others. "For the elections of December 23, we are going to run a civilised … [Read more...] about Congo ruling coalition rallies supporters before presidential election
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World International Affairs Brazilians will head to the polls on Sunday to choose between a leftist leader’s heir apparent and what many call the “Brazilian Donald Trump” in a second presidential election runoff. The presidential race occurs as the country continues to reel from the widespread corruption exposed in the 2014 “Operation Car Wash,” one of the world's largest investigations of government graft. The scandal ultimately led to the arrest and imprisonment of one former president, Inácio Lula Da Silva, and the ouster of his successor, President Dilma Rousseff, in 2016, for failing to comply with fiscal rules. Dozens of other politicians as well as the country’s largest companies were implicated as well. Cynicism and mistrust in the political system are running high, to say the least. However, voting is mandatory in the country and more than 140 million Brazilians are expected to cast their ballots. On October 7, 46 percent voted for … [Read more...] about Brazil Presidential Election: Jair Bolsonaro Is Hugely Controversial, but Could He Rescue Country’s Economy?
Datafolha, a prominent pollster in Brazil, published the last major Brazilian presidential election poll expected before this weekend on Thursday, finding a sizable, though diminished, lead for conservative Jair Bolsonaro over socialist candidate Fernando Haddad. Brazilians will vote in the second and final round of their presidential election on Sunday. Bolsonaro defeated Haddad and several other candidates in the first round of voting this month but did not reach the 50 percent threshold necessary to prevent a run-off vote with the second most popular candidate.In Thursday’s poll, Datafolha found that Bolsonaro, of the conservative Social Liberal Party (PSL), leads the Workers’ Party (PT) Haddad with 56 percent of the vote. Haddad received the support of 44 percent of respondents, while the rest were undecided or choosing to cast a blank ballot (Brazil has compulsory voting laws). The 12-percent lead is significantly smaller than the 14-percent lead competing polling … [Read more...] about Brazil: Bolsonaro’s Poll Lead Narrows on Weekend of Presidential Election
Four weeks into early voting, the number of ballots cast in Minnesota has surpassed the early general election turnout at the same point in 2016, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's data — an initial sign of potentially strong midterm turnout in November. In 2016, nearly 700,000 absentee ballots were received prior to Election Day. So far this year, about 160,000 votes have already been cast, which is just ahead of 2016 at this time and significantly more than the number who voted early in the 2014 midterms, when early voting was first allowed. The Star Tribune will be tracking the early vote here every week until Election Day, with new counts typically arriving on Thursdays. Here are some things we're watching as the vote comes in: How does turnout compare to 2014 and 2016? High early voting numbers could be a reflection of enthusiasm among voters of both parties. It could also suggest that Minnesotans are getting used to recent voting laws, enacted in 2013 and … [Read more...] about Number of early voters in Minn. is ahead of 2016. Here’s what we’re watching.
close Video Will the GOP keep control of the House and Senate? Brit Hume, Philippe Reines, Julie Pace and Karl Rove debate on the 'Fox News Sunday' panel. Since Donald Trump was elected president, Democrats have been counting on an energized liberal base to send a big, blue wave to wipe out Republican congressional majorities this November. But less than a month away from the midterms, some Democrats are concerned their party may be more confident than they should be about retaking control of one or both chambers – amid a tightening electoral map. For some, they’re recalling memories of the 2016 presidential election, when a Hillary Clinton victory was long assumed as inevitable, only for her party's hopes to be dashed. “Election Day will either prove to me I have PTSD or show I’ve been living déjà vu,” former Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson told McClatchy about the upcoming elections. “I just don’t know which … [Read more...] about Dems worry of 2016-style stumbles, as GOP sees chance of holding off ‘wave’