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Iraq's unusual election campaign

This Sunday, Iraqis vote for a new parliament. Our Observers from diverse regions and political views talk to us about things they’ve seen during the campaign that are amusing, surprising or just plain irritating. Read more...

Desperate Tymoshenko calls on aliens for support

Lacking support from both voters and politicians in Ukraine's 2010 presidential election, second-place candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has turned to the blue people of "Planet Pandora", ie, James Cameron's imagination, for support. Will the avatars win her the second round on Sunday? Read more and see the unlikely campaign clip...

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Diapers and puppets to sway voters

Costa Rica has long been regarded as one of the most politically and economically stable countries in Latin America, but its presidential elections this year seem to have run awry due to a heavy dose of negative campaigning. Voters have never seen a political campaign like it. Read more and watch the videos...

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The presidential hopeful who changed his name to trick voters

Unlike most European voters, Ukrainians have the option of voting "Against all". So if you're planning on garnering those votes, what better way to do so than changing your name to "Against all"? Which is what one of the presidential hopefuls for the January election has done. Read more...

Bringing Uruguay's tyrants to justice

Uruguay's last military dictator was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday for the role he played in the brutal oppression of the early eighties. On Sunday, the country will decide whether hundreds of others involved can also be brought to justice. Read more...

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French under attack for Bongo victory

The day that Ali Ben Bongo was proclaimed the winner of Gabon's presidential poll, opposition supporters set fire to the French consulate in Libreville, underscoring the level of anti-French anger fuelled by Bongo's victory. Read more...

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Ali Bongo declared winner, but will opposition admit defeat?

Ali Bongo has just been declared winner of Sunday's presidential election. But his 41.73% majority is unlikely to go unchallenged. Yesterday, our Observer Adriankoto Harinjaka Ratozamanana spoke to Bongo's biggest opponent, Pierre Mamboundou, who said that he would not recognise the victory of late president Omar Bongo's son, who he considers "fraudulent". Read more...

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Will Gabon go up in flames tonight?

Gabon's presidential election results are to be announced tonight (September 2). One of our Observers in the country explains that the three-day gap between the vote and the results might have given rise to fraudulent activities. He also raises concerns over the unrest that could surge once the results are announced. Read more...

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Gabon election: “For the authorities there is ‘good media’ and ‘bad media’”

One of our Gabonese Observers voices his concerns over the restrictions placed on journalists covering the presidential election. Read more...

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Our Afghani Observers weigh in on the election

Four of our Afghani Observers, who have been to the polls today, explain how their country has changed since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 and what they're hoping to see from their next president. Read more...

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