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Former Obama aide Rahm Emanuel wins Chicago mayoral election

US President Barack Obama’s ex-enforcer Rahm Emanuel was crowned mayor of Chicago, picking up the mantle from retiring mayor Richard Daley, who has governed the US city for 22 years. “I want to extend my congratulations to Rahm Emanuel on a well-deserved victory tonight,” Obama said in a statement released…

Cyber-titan Estonia drafts e-squad to secure election

TALLINN – Estonia announced Tuesday it was drafting in its newborn cyber-squad to ward off potential attacks on the Baltic state’s pioneering e-voting system in its looming general election. “The cyber-unit of the Estonian Defence League will keep an eye on Internet traffic and will react in the event of…

Republicans attack unions to hurt Democrats: analysts

MADISON, Wisconsin — Republican attempts to disband public workers unions in Wisconsin and other key states are part of a broad strategy to undermine US President Barak Obama and his Democrats at the ballot box, analysts said. Unions have been the biggest sources of financial and grass roots, get-out-the-vote organizational…

McCain: Obama should have seen Egypt revolt coming

President Barack Obama should have known Egypt was going to have a revolution, according to the ranking member of the Armed Services committee. Sen. John McCain told CBS’s Bob Schieffer Sunday that the Obama administration didn’t do enough to support democracy in Egypt as protesters in the country were calling…

Myanmar opens junta-dominated parliament

NAYPYIDAW – Myanmar’s new junta-dominated parliament opened on Monday as lawmakers assembled in secrecy following a widely panned election for the country’s first legislative session since the late 1980s. No foreign media representatives were allowed to witness the event or even take photographs of the new parliament building where elected…

Haiti to release election results

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti’s electoral authorities will release results next week from the country’s disputed presidential election and set a date for a runoff vote in signs a protracted electoral impasse may be easing. The results from the first-round vote will be made public on Wednesday with a runoff set…

GOP bill would expand power of corporations in presidential elections

Legislation that is expected to reach the House floor this week would give corporations and other large donors a greater role in presidential elections by dismantling the public campaign finance system. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) introduced a bill that would end public financing of presidential elections on the anniversary of…

Court orders Rahm Emanuel’s name back on Chicago mayoral ballot

UPDATE: Illinois Supreme Court granted former Obama aide Rahm Emanuel’s motion for a stay of appellate court ruling. Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel will be included on upcoming ballots as a candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. The Illinois Supreme Court…

Facebook hacker stands Sarkozy down from election

A hacker took over French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s Facebook account and posted a fake announcement that he was abandoning plans to run for re-election, his page said Monday. “Dear compatriots, given the exceptional circumstances our country is experiencing, I have decided in my spirit and conscience not to run for…

Iran hangs two activists held in 2009 election demos

Iran hanged on Monday two activists it said were members of an exiled group and who had joined protests against the result of the 2009 presidential poll, despite Washington urging that they be freed. The executions were the first reported hangings of protesters who took to the streets in their…

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