Maduro’s July 30 vote to go ahead amid Trump threat

Venezuela’s government has announced it will go ahead with a controversial election of a Constituent Assembly on July 30, despite a threat of economic sanctions by US President Donald Trump. “Elections to the National Constituent Assembly is an act of political sovereignty. Nothing and nobody can stop it. The Constituent[…]

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Students would rather take to streets than vote: Analyst

This year’s local government elections could see many students turning their back on the ANC, or the whole system of voting, opting instead for the ”direct democracy” of protests, a political analyst has said. ”They don’t channel their discontent into voting for an opposition party – they rather take it[…]

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Egypt votes in parliamentary elections

Egyptians are voting for a parliament expected to firmly back President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has crushed all opposition since ousting his predecessor, Mohamed Morsi, in 2013. The much-delayed vote for the 596-member parliament – the previous assembly was dissolved in June 2012 – is to be staged in two[…]

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Maimane taking Gauteng’s vote

More than half of the Gauteng delegates who will be at the DA’s federal congress have backed Mmusi Maimane, giving the parliamentary leader a hefty chunk of the vote from the party’s second-largest province. Of the roughly 1 500 delegates attending next weekend’s congress, 373 come from Gauteng. The party’s[…]

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UNSC rejects resolution on Palestinian state

The UN Security Council has rejected a Palestinian resolution calling for peace with Israel within a year and an end to Israel’s occupation by 2017. The resolution failed to muster the minimum nine “yes” votes required in the council for adoption. The motion received eight “yes” votes, including from Russia[…]

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