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ISTANBUL, June 14, 2018 (News Wires) - Tayyip Erdogan is seen falling short of a first-round victory in Turkey’s presidential election, with his support dipping 1.6 points in one week, according to a survey by pollster Gezici published on Thursday.

The poll also showed his ruling AK Party was forecast to lose its parliamentary majority in the June 24 vote.

Gezici’s survey of 2,814 respondents, conducted on June 2-3, showed Erdogan receiving 47.1 percent of votes in the first round of presidential election, down from a level of 48.7 percent in a survey which it conducted a week earlier.

The poll showed that the AK Party’s alliance with the nationalist MHP would fall short of a majority in the 600-seat assembly, with 48.7 percent of the votes, unchanged from the figure in the previous survey a week earlier.

Abidjan, May 6, 2018 (AFP) - The party of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Saturday voted to back the formation of a large "unified party" with its allies, with the president saying there should be a primary to choose a candidate before presidential polls due in 2020.

"Everyone voted en masse for the unified party," said Henriette Diabate, president of the RDR.

Ouattara said the "unified party (was) an opportunity for Ivory Coast".

"Selfishness leads nowhere," he said, adding that the new formation would contribute to "political stability and economic development".

Ouattara, who came to power after a bloody five-month crisis in 2010-11 and is now in his second term, did not use the word primary but said the new party should "lay the basis for the choice of our next candidate".

"It will be a democratic choice. Everyone can be a candidate , the best among us will be chosen," he said.

Ouattara in 2010-11 ousted the then-president, Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to step down after losing elections and is now on trial in The Hague for war crimes.

Violence between supporters of the two rivals claimed around 3,000 lives.

Ouattara has sparked opposition protests with a new senate that took office last month, condemned as a costly rubber stamp for the president.

It is the fruit of a revised constitution overwhelmingly approved by a referendum in 2016 -- the cornerpiece of Ouattara's strategy of change.

The opposition boycotted the referendum on the charter, deriding the proposed constitution as undemocratic and crafted to let Ouattara boost his grip on power and hand-pick his successor.

Nouakchott, April 22, 2018 (AFP) - Mauritania's opposition says it will contest upcoming legislative and municipal elections after previously boycotting votes in the country.

The National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), seen as a radical opposition grouping, has declined to participate in a number of votes against President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and his government, but said it would take part in the elections slated for August or September.

"We have decided to participate in these elections because we do not accept to stay at the margins of a process leading to a political changeover in the country," said FNDU leader Mohamed Ould Moloud, during a press briefing in Nouakchott.

He slammed a new electoral commission set up recently without members of the radical opposition and said the FNDU "will not accept a kidnapping of the country and an electoral hold-up".

BUDAPEST, Hungary, April 8, 2018 (News agencies) - Hungarians cast their ballots in a national election Sunday, a test of whether Prime Minister Viktor Orban—a fierce nationalist and leading figure on the European right—will retain his lock on parliament following a campaign in which he denounced immigrants and international institutions.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban cast his vote on Sunday in the parliamentary election, saying the ballot is about “Hungary’s future.”
Orban, who voted with his wife at a Budapest school near their home, told a crowd of reporters that he will “respect the decision” of the Hungarian voters.
Orban, who seeking his third consecutive term, and fourth overall since 1998, says he’s voting early so he could keep campaigning until polling stations close Sunday evening.
Orban, who focused his campaign on his harsh anti-migration stance, says it’s a “misunderstanding” that his frequently harsh criticism of Brussels was directed at the whole of the European Union.

FREETOWN, March 31, 2018 (Reuters) - Sierra Leone voted on Saturday in a poll delayed by fraud allegations to choose a successor to President Ernest Bai Koroma who leaves a country still struggling after the Ebola epidemic.

The face-off between opposition leader Julius Maada Bio and ruling party standard-bearer Samura Kamara was supposed to take place on Tuesday but was rescheduled after a complaint about fraud in the first round of voting this month from a member of Kamara’s All People’s Congress.

The successor to Koroma, who is stepping aside after his maximum two five-year terms in office, faces an uphill struggle to overturn years of hardship caused by a slump in the price of its commodity exports and Ebola.

Voting got under way early in peaceful conditions, according to witnesses, though staff at two polling stations said turnout appeared to be lower than in the first round. Many were forced to walk to their nearest voting station because of a driving ban imposed on election day for security reasons.

“I want a better country, I want development for my country, so today I come to cast my vote for a leader who can develop this country,” said Mohamed Kamara after casting his vote under sunny skies at the Juba polling station in western Freetown.

Politics in the West African country of over seven million people has been dominated by two parties since independence from Britain in 1961: the ruling All People’s Congress, now fielding ex-foreign minister Samura Kamara, and the Sierra Leone People’s Party behind Julius Maada Bio, who briefly ruled as head of a military junta in 1996.

The first round of voting was marred by allegations of fraud in some districts and complaints of police harassment against the electoral commission. In some districts, police fired tear gas to disperse crowds after a dispute over voting irregularities.

But the generally peaceful nature of the election, and the fact that Koroma is stepping down while other African presidents seek to extend their mandates, is seen as a positive sign for Sierra Leone that was ripped apart by a 1990s civil war made infamous by the use of child soldiers.

The Ebola crisis in 2014 and 2015 and the global commodities downturn slowed the economy, which shrank by a fifth in 2015, after years of double-digit growth.

CAIRO, March 27 (MENA) - Polling stations across the country opened on Tuesday their doors for voters wishing to cast their ballots on the second day of the presidential election, which is held under full judicial supervision.

Incumbent President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and al Ghad party head Moussa Moustafa Moussa are competing in the presidential race.

Judges overseeing the polling stations resumed their work early Tuesday in the presence of security troops and delegates of the two presidential candidates to ensure the safety of ballot boxes.

The judges also checked the ballot boxes which have been sealed by code locks after their closure at 9:00 p.m. at the end of the first day of voting.

Joint troops of the police and army were deployed early Tuesday to secure the polling stations and provide protection for voters on the second day of the presidential election.

About 60 million eligible voters are expected to cast their ballots in the presidential election.

Up to 18,000 judges are overseeing the electoral process.

The electoral process is followed up by local and international organisations, along with local and international media outlets.

The Cabinet's central operations room  also opened at 9.00 a.m. Tuesday to follow up the voting process across Egypt.

Polling stations will continue to receive eligible voters Wednesday, which is the last day of the election.

The operations room is contacting governors through video conference to receive up-to-date information about problems, if any, facing the voting process and solve them.

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