elections and referenda

Zimbabwe elections in '4 to 5' months – president

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:54 PM

It points to an earlier date than expected following the ousting of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe

In this file photo, Zimbabwean newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa gestures during the Inauguration ceremony at the National Sport Stadium in Harare, on November 24, 2017. Mujahid Safodien/AFP

Shockwaves: The world in 2017

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Here is a look at some of the biggest global stories from the past year

RESISTANCE. Riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on April 8, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Billionaire Piñera to return as Chile's president

Dec 18, 2017 - 10:02 AM

(UPDATED) Sebastian Piñera will lead the country – the world's top copper producer – for 4 years starting in March 2018

WINNER. Chilean presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera, surrounded by his family and supporters, celebrates his victory outside a hotel in Santiago after the runoff election on December 17, 2017. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Honduran president declared winner of disputed poll

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:18 AM

The declaration could deepen a spiral of violence that has occurred since the election

DECLARED WINNER. In this file photo, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez addresses supporters following victory in the primary elections of the National Party in Tegucigalpa, March 12, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Trump faces consequences of Alabama election upset

Dec 14, 2017 - 8:04 AM

Some in Trump's inner circle now wonder whether Alabama shows the limits of his approach: If it does not work in deep red Alabama, where can it work?

STILL 'MAGA' Supporters of Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore watch for results at an election night party in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 12, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Alabama chooses a senator in test for scandal-buffeted Republicans

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:31 PM

US President Donald Trump has made the special election a test of his brand of populism

STILL FOR MOORE. People attend a campaign rally for Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore at Jordan's Activity Barn on December 11, 2017 in Midland City, Alabama. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Venezuelan leader says no to opposition in presidential race

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:16 AM

While municipal elections were under way across the country, the Maduro clearly has his mind on the 2018 presidential race in which he plans to seek reelection – despite an approval rating of around 30%

RUNNING AGAIN. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia on November 24, 2017. Aizar Raldes/AFP/File

Opposition demands full recount of disputed Honduras election

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:32 AM

The demand, issued by opposition leader Manuel Zelaya, a former president, ups the ante in a struggle between incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez and the opposition's candidate, former TV presenter Salvador Nasralla

DEMANDING A RECOUNT. Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya speaks during an exclusive interview with AFP in Tegucigalpa, on December 5, 2017. Johan Ordonez/AFP

Judge refuses to free 4 Catalan leaders as elections near

Dec 04, 2017 - 7:47 PM

(UPDATED) Six other former ministers who were also remanded in custody last month will be released on bail of 100,000 euros ($120,000) each as an investigation into charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds continues

INDEPENDENCE. Catalan pro-independence center-right grouping Junts per Catalunya - JUNTSXCAT (All for Catalonia) candidate for the upcoming regional election in Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, speaks via video-conference to present their electoral program at the party's headquarters in Barcelona on December 3, 2017. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Hondurans protest 'fraud' as vote count rolls on

Dec 04, 2017 - 2:23 PM

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) announces a review of 1,006 votes presenting inconsistencies – despite the opposing Alliance Against the Dictatorship calling for 5,173 votes to be scrutinized

COUNT CONTiNUES. Members of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) count votes in Tegucigalpa on December 3, 2017. Johan Ordonez/AFP

Catalan separatists divided ahead of knife-edge vote

Dec 04, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Catalan separatists head into a new election this month divided over the future of their region but united against what they say is 'repression' from Madrid

PRO-INDEPENDENCE. Protesters wave pro-independence Catalan Estelada flags during a demonstration in Barcelona on October 21, 2017 in support of two separatist leaders Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, who have been detained pending an investigation into sedition charges. Pau Barrena/AFP/File

Australia deputy PM by-election win boosts embattled coalition

Dec 03, 2017 - 10:05 AM

Australia's deputy prime minister easily wins a crucial by-election triggered by a dual-citizenship crisis that threatened the ruling coalition's grip on power

RE-ELECTED. In this file photo, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce addresses a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016. William West/AFP

State of emergency in Honduras after post-vote violence

Dec 02, 2017 - 2:47 PM

President Juan Orlando Hernandez declares state of emergency and imposes a nighttime curfew from 6 pm to 6 am following protests

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Honduras opposition candidate alleges fraud in presidential vote

Nov 29, 2017 - 6:58 AM

Salvador Nasralla says Juan Orlando Hernandez is colluding with the army and the electoral authorities to forge new results sheets and give himself the edge in Sunday's (November 26) presidential election

SPECIAL CARGO. Employees of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) work in Tegucigalpa, on November 28, 2017. AFP

Honduras president declares himself vote winner prior to official result

Nov 27, 2017 - 2:12 PM

The opposition has denounced the Constitutional Court's decision to allow Hernandez to run for re-election – despite a constitutional one-term limit

ANOTHER TERM? Honduran President and presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez waves to supporters in Tegucigalpa after the general elections on November 26, 2017. Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

Cubans vote in municipal elections with eye to leadership change

Nov 27, 2017 - 1:19 PM

It is the first step in a Communist Party-supervised process meant to culminate next year with the election of a successor to President Raul Castro

AT THE POLLING CENTER. This TV grab from Cuban Television taken on November 26, 2017 shows Cuban President Raul Castro (2-R) preparing to cast his vote at a polling station in Playa neighborhood in Havana, during municipal elections. Cuban Television/AFP

Germany's Merkel battles to stay in power despite crisis

Nov 20, 2017 - 10:01 PM

(UPDATED) The veteran leader says she is 'very skeptical' about a minority government, stressing that Germany needed a stable government 'that does not need to seek a majority for every decision'

TRUMP MOMENT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the presidential residence Bellevue Castle in Berlin where she met the German President on November 20, 2017 after coalition talks failed overnight. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Piñera, Guillier to contest runoff in Chile election

Nov 20, 2017 - 9:48 AM

Billionaire conservative Sebastian Piñera and leftist former TV journalist Alejandro Guillier will contest a runoff next month

COMEBACK. Chilean presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera (C)speaks to the press during the national election, in Santiago, on November 19, 2017. Claudio Reyes/AFP

Celebrations as Australians back same-sex marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Thousands of marriage equality supporters take to parks and squares across the vast continent, hugging, dancing and singing under clouds of glitter when the results of the two-month-long postal survey are announced

JUST LOVE. Supporters of the same-sex marriage 'Yes' vote gather to celebrate the announcement in a Sydney park on November 15, 2017. William West/AFP

Australians say 'yes' to gay marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:28 AM

(UPDATED) Same-sex couples could be able to marry by Christmas, but first parliament must adopt legislation giving the non-binding vote result the force of law

FOR EQUALITY. Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

'Instagram president' wins Slovenia runoff election

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:10 AM

Slovenia's internet-savvy President Borut Pahor wins a second term in a runoff vote that is marred by an abysmally low turnout

RUNOFF WINNER. Re-elected Slovenian President Borut Pahor addresses the media after after the release of the first results for the second round of the presidential elections in Ljubljana on November 12, 2017.  Jure Makovec/AFP

Breakaway Somaliland to elect new president

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Incumbent Ahmed Mohamud Silaanyo is not seeking reelection in Somaliland, which has been striving to attain international recognition ever since it broke away from Somalia

Woman becomes first transgender elected official in Virginia

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Democrat Danica Roem prevails in her race against Republican Robert Marshall, who once referred to himself as Virginia's 'chief homophobe'

WINNER. This file photo taken on September 22, 2017 shows Danica Roem, a Democrat for Delegate in Virginia's district 13, a transgender, at her campaign office on September 22, 2017 in Manassas, Virginia. Paul J. Richards/AFP

Democratic election sweep is lousy anniversary gift for Trump

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:09 PM

The results amount to a sweeping repudiation of what critics have called Trump's politics of division, and a test of his influence ahead of electoral battles looming on the state and national level

BIGGEST WINNER. Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam greets supporters at an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Democrat Phil Murphy wins NJ governor race, vows to push back vs Trump

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:23 AM

Phil Murphy will succeed Chris Christie as governor of New Jersey

NEXT GOVERNOR. NJ governor elect Phil Murphy says he'll 'push back against the mean winds blowing at us from Washington DC.' Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP

Virginia elects Democrat governor, in rejection of Trumpism

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:36 AM

(UPDATED) A handful of US states held elections Tuesday, November 7, one year after Donald Trump's shock presidential victory

VOTE. Karina Smith holds her 2-year-old son Kyler as she fills out her ballot at the polling place at Washington Mill Elementary School November 7, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Kenya waits for an end to presidential election re-run

Oct 30, 2017 - 1:04 PM

The results remain on hold as officials mull what to do about the 25 constituencies in 4 western counties where voting was blocked

In this photo, residents of Kawangware district of Nairobi erect a burning barricade on October 27, 2017 during post electoral violence. Marco Longari/AFP

Icelanders vote as left hopes to rattle scandal-hit establishment

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) Saturday's election is Iceland's fourth since 2008

ELECTION EVE. Bjarni Benediktsson, leader of The Independence Party, arrives to take part in the final debate televised by the RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service on the eve of snap parliamentary election on October 27, 2017 in Reykjavik. Halldor Kolbeins/AFP

Rome to negotiate with regions after autonomy victory

Oct 25, 2017 - 6:42 AM

Over 95% of those who took part in referendums on Sunday, October 22, in the northern regions of Veneto and Lombardy, home to Venice and Milan respectively, supported more powers being devolved from the Italian capital

REFERENDUM. A citizen casts his ballot at a polling station during an autonomy referendum in Venice, on October 22, 2017.  Andrea Pattaro/AFP

Abe targets North Korea after 'super-majority' vote win

Oct 23, 2017 - 9:56 AM

(UPDATED) While local media acknowledge what is described as a 'landslide' victory, many chalk up Abe's win to a weak and ineffective opposition and urges caution

NOW WITH 'SUPER-MAJORITY' Japan's Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe answers questions at the party headquarters in Tokyo on October 22, 2017. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Freed Russia opposition leader Navalny back on campaign trail

Oct 23, 2017 - 1:20 AM

Alexei Navalny says he is 'ready to work' as the Kremlin race heats up

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny looks on at the Domodedovo airport hall shortly after being released in Moscow on October 22, 2017. Alexei Navalny was released after a 20-day jail term for organising protests against Russian President. / AFP PHOTO / Vasily MAXIMOV

Abe cruises to 'super-majority' win in Japan vote

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling conservative coalition is on track to win more than 310 seats in the 465-seat parliament

Japan's Prime Minister and President of ruling Liberal Democratic Party Shinzo Abe gestures as he answers questions during a political debate ahead of the general elections at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on October 8, 2017. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Abe eyes big win as Japan votes under North Korea threats

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:24 AM

(UPDATED) If pre-election surveys are correct, Abe's conservative coalition will cruise to a crushing majority to win a fresh term at the helm of the key US regional ally and Asian economic powerhouse

ABE. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech in Fukuoka on July 27, 2016. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / STR / Japan OUT

Japan braces for super typhoon ahead of election

Oct 21, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Super typhoon Lan, described as 'very large' and 'very strong' by Japan's Meteorological Agency, is packing gusts up to 252 kilometers (157 miles) per hour

Kremlin bids to sex up 2018 polls with 'It Girl' – analysts

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:39 PM

Ksenia Sobchak's campaign, observers say, is meant to steal Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's thunder and further split the country's embattled opposition

SOCIALITE TO CANDIDATE. A journalist looks at a computer screen displaying Ksenia Sobchak's campaign web page, in Moscow on October 19, 2017. Mladen Antonov/AFP

Kenya election chief casts doubt on 'free, fair' poll

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:36 AM

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chief Wafula Chebukati lays bare internal divisions and accuses both major parties of interference

IN DOUBT? In this file photo, a Kenyan man casts his ballot at a polling station in Gatundu, Kiambu county, during the August 8, 2017 general election. Simon Maina/AFP

Venezuela faces more isolation, sanctions after contested vote

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Experts say Venezuela's punishing political and economic crisis will only deepen

CLAIMING VICTORY. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) speaks beside First lady Cilia Flores (R) and Diosdado Cabello (L), a member of the Constituent Assembly, in Caracas on October 15, 2017. Presidencia/AFP

Austria far-right eyes power in 'whizz-kid' government

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:23 PM

The expected rightward shift in the wealthy European Union member state will pose a fresh headache for Brussels as it struggles with Brexit and the rise of nationalists in Germany, Hungary, Poland and elsewhere

NEXT CHANCELLOR? Austria's Foreign Minister and leader of Austria's center-right People's Party (OeVP) Sebastian Kurz waves to supporters during the party's election event following the general elections in Vienna, Austria, on October 15, 2017. Robert Jaeger/APA/AFP

Maduro claims landslide win in disputed Venezuela elections

Oct 16, 2017 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) Maduro's socialist party won governorships of 17 of the 23 states with the opposition Democratic Union Roundtable (MUD) coalition taking only 5

VOTE CAST. A Venezuelan votes during regional elections in Caracas' municipality of Chacao, where people choose the governor for the state of Miranda, on October 15, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Abe on course for landslide win in Japan vote – poll

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:34 AM

After an initial burst of support for the media-savvy Yuriko Koike, critics say the Tokyo governor has suffered by not running herself in the election, meaning voters for her party are not sure who they are electing as PM

POLITICAL LEADERS. Leaders of Japan's political parties, from L-R: head of Komeito, Natsuo Yamaguchi; ruling Liberal Democratic Party President and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; head of Party of Hope and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike; and Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii pose for photographers before their debate ahead of general elections at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on October 8, 2017. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Austrian 'whizz-kid' in election triumph

Oct 16, 2017 - 6:58 AM

Austria's political 'whizz-kid' Sebastian Kurz is on course to become Europe's youngest leader, potentially in coalition with the far-right

SUCCESSION LINE? Austrian Chancellor and leader of the Social Democrats (SPOe) Christian Kern (L) and Austria's Foreign Minister and leader of Austria's center-right People's Party (OeVP) Sebastian Kurz, attend a television debate about the Austrian general elections in Vienna on October 15, 2017. Alex Halada/AFP

Austria set to elect youngest EU leader in right-wing push

Oct 15, 2017 - 9:56 AM

A rightward shift in the wealthy European Union member of 8.75 million people would be a fresh headache for Brussels

NEXT P.M.? Chairman of Austrian People's Party (OeVP), Sebastian Kurz arrives for a TV debate on October 12, 2017 in Vienna ahead of Austrian Parliamentary elections on October 15. Georg Hochmuth/APA/AFP

Gloves off as Japan election campaign starts

Oct 10, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces an unexpected and fierce challenge from Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike's 'Party of Hope'

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike waves to the audience during an election campaign appearance at an entrance of a train station in Tokyo on October 10, 2017. Tokyo's popular governor Yuriko Koike launched a bitter attack on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on October 10 as the gloves came off for the official start of a snap election campaign in the world's third-largest economy. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI

Abe vows to tackle North Korea threat ahead of Japan election

Oct 08, 2017 - 9:10 PM

'We will protect our country under stable politics,' Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says in a televised debate

Japan's Prime Minister and President of ruling Liberal Democratic Party Shinzo Abe gestures as he answers questions during a political debate ahead of the general elections at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on October 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA

Spain rejects mediation as Catalans plan to declare independence

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) Catalan leaders say they could unilaterally declare independence as early as Monday, October 9

A man holds a Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flag during a demonstration in support of the referendum in Catalonia on October 01, 2017, in Granada. / AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERRERO

Catalan crisis worsens after Spanish king slams independence bid

Oct 04, 2017 - 7:39 AM

(UPDATED) Spain braces for further political upheaval as a crisis over Catalan demands for independence deepened after King Felipe VI urges authorities to defend 'constitutional order'

THE KING SPEAKS. This handout picture released on October 3, 2017 by the Spanish Royal House (Casa Real) shows Spain's King Felipe VI addressing the nation on October 3, 2017 in Madrid, as the country grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades over an independence drive in Catalonia. Francisco Gomez/Casa Real/Handout/AFP

Big early response in Australia gay marriage vote

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:14 PM

The result will not be published until November 15, a week after the poll closes, but campaigners from both the 'yes' and 'no' camps welcome the high response

YES OR NO. A photo taken in Sydney on September 20, 2017, shows the voting form in the contentious postal survey on same-sex marriage. William West/AFP

Catalan leader threatens independence from Spain after chaotic vote

Oct 02, 2017 - 7:16 AM

Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont says the region won the right to break away from Spain after 'millions' turned out to vote in an independence referendum banned by Madrid

SI. A man waves an 'Estelada' (Pro-independence Catalan flag) from a balcony after the closing of the 'Espai Jove La Fontana' (La Fontana youth center) polling station, on October 1, 2017 in Barcelona. Pau Barrena/AFP

Clashes as riot police crack down on banned Catalan vote

Oct 01, 2017 - 4:13 PM

(4th UPDATE) At least 92 people are confirmed injured in clashes with police during the independence referendum in Catalonia

SEIZED. Spanish police officers seize ballot-boxes in a polling station in Barcelona, on October 1, 2017, on the day of a referendum on independence for Catalonia banned by Madrid. Pau Barrena/AFP

Thousands rally for unity across Spain ahead of Catalonia vote

Oct 01, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Thousands of flag-waving protesters rallied in cities across Spain in favor of national unity, a day before a banned referendum on independence for Catalonia

FOR UNITY. People hold a giant Spanish flag during a demonstration against independence in Catalonia, on September 30, 2017 in Barcelona. Lluis Gene/AFP