Merkel launches re-election campaign with firm stance on immigration

Merkel launches re-election campaign with firm stance on immigration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched her re-election bid on Tuesday by lashing out at populists trying to exploit fears over the recent influx of refugees, while also taking a tough stance on integration, including a ban on full-face veils. Merkel outlined her strategy at an annual gathering of her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, […]

Nicaragua’s Ortega headed for re-election, despite autocracy fears

Nicaragua’s Ortega headed for re-election, despite autocracy fears

Former Marxist guerrilla leader Daniel Ortega is expected to easily clinch a third consecutive term as president of Nicaragua on Sunday, buoyed by steady economic growth that has trumped fears he is trying to install autocratic family rule. Ortega and his running mate, his wife Rosario Murillo, have nearly 70 percent support, according to a […]

Ali Bongo’s re-election sparks violence in Gabon

Ali Bongo’s re-election sparks violence in Gabon

Gabon’s incumbent President Ali Bongo on Wednesday was declared the winner of a high stakes presidential poll, triggering violent demonstrations in the capital as opposition supporters clashed with security forces. Bongo secured a razor-thin victory against his main challenger Jean Ping, securing 49.8 percent of the vote while Ping got 48.2 percent, according to the […]

France’s Sarkozy announces re-election bid

France’s Sarkozy announces re-election bid

France’s former leader Nicolas Sarkozy announced on Monday that he is running again to become president in next year’s elections. “I have decided to be a candidate for the 2017 presidential election. I felt I had the strength to lead this battle at a troubled time in our history,” Sarkozy wrote in an excerpt of […]