Belarus election challenger Tikhanovskaya flees to Lithuania

The main challenger in Belarus’s disputed presidential election has fled to Lithuania after a second night of street clashes between police and opposition supporters left a protester dead. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who refused to concede her defeat against President Alexander Lukashenko in Sunday’s vote, had arrived in the neighbouring country and[…]

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Syria votes for new parliament amid war, economic woes

Syria is holding parliamentary elections across government-controlled areas of the country on Sunday, as President Bashar al-Assad marks 20 years in power amid a continuing war and deep economic woes. More than 2,000 candidates, including businessmen under recently-imposed United States sanctions, are running in the legislative election – the third[…]

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No major tax hikes expected in election year

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is not expected to announce any major changes to corporate, personal income tax as well as value added tax (VAT) in his budget speech on February 20, according to Deloitte Africa tax & legal. Delia Ndlovu, Deloitte’s tax & legal managing director said instead they believe[…]

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Key political dates to look out for in 2019

Undoubtedly, the highlight of South Africa’s political landscape in 2019 will be the sixth national and provincial elections scheduled for sometime in May. Electioneering by political parties will be at an all-time high as the much anticipated elections draw ever closer, with parties attempting to sway voters by all manner[…]

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Hundreds of protesters arrested on Russian polling day

Police arrested at least 839 people, mainly in Saint Petersburg and the Urals city of Ekaterinburg, who were taking part in demonstrations called by jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, independent monitor OVD-info said. At least 2,000 people rallied in central Moscow, an AFP correspondent said, as the capital held a[…]

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