presidential election

VELISTSIKHE, Georgia | Georgia’s 1st woman president is inaugurated amid protests

VELISTSIKHE, Georgia— The first woman president of Georgia has been sworn into office amid continued protests from opposition figures who allege her election was tainted. President Salome Zurabishvili said during her inauguration speech on Sunday that she would work “to promote our country’s integration process into NATO and the EU.” Opposition activists clashed with police … Continue reading VELISTSIKHE, Georgia | Georgia’s 1st woman president is inaugurated amid protests

KINSHASA, Congo | Fire ruins 80 percent of Congo capital’s voting machines

KINSHASA, Congo — An early-morning fire in Congo’s capital destroyed nearly 80 percent of the capital city’s voting machines just 10 days before the presidential election, officials said Thursday, saying the blaze appeared to be criminal but vowing that it would not disrupt the vote. Congo’s first use of voting machines on Dec. 23, a … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Fire ruins 80 percent of Congo capital’s voting machines

United States | Georgia’s 2018 Presidential Election

United States – The United States congratulates Salome Zourabichvili on her election as President of Georgia. We welcome the assessment by the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission that Georgia’s presidential runoff was competitive and that candidates were able to campaign freely. We also share the Mission’s concerns and those of other international and domestic observers about … Continue reading United States | Georgia’s 2018 Presidential Election

WASHINGTON | Cohen confesses to lying about Trump Tower Moscow deal

WASHINGTON — The surprise plea agreement with President Donald Trump‘s former lawyer made clear that prosecutors believe Michael Cohen was continuing to pursue the Trump Tower Moscow project weeks after his boss had clinched the Republican nomination for president and while investigators believe Russians were meddling in the 2016 election on his behalf. Cohen confessed … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Cohen confesses to lying about Trump Tower Moscow deal

MOSCOW | The Latest: Former Ukraine presidents warn over martial law

MOSCOW — The Latest on tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has halved his proposal for martial law in the country to 30 days, an apparent concession to opponents. The reduction means that Ukrainian authorities can call the presidential election at the end of December, giving enough … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Former Ukraine presidents warn over martial law

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar | Madagascar heads to runoff election on Dec. 19

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — In Madagascar, two former heads of state qualified for the second round of the presidential election, to be held on Dec. 19. Andry Rajoelina, president of the transitional period of 2009 to 2014, won 39 percent of the vote and Marc Ravalomanana, president from 2002 to 2009, received 35 percent of the … Continue reading ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar | Madagascar heads to runoff election on Dec. 19

MOSCOW | Report: Russian charged by US seen at Libya military meeting

MOSCOW— A Russian newspaper says video released by the self-styled Libyan National Army shows a businessman allegedly linked to a private contractor that sent mercenaries to Syria at a meeting with the head of the Libyan army and top Russian military officials. Novaya Gazeta reported Friday that a man seen wearing civilian dress at the … Continue reading MOSCOW | Report: Russian charged by US seen at Libya military meeting

ATLANTA | The Latest: In Georgia, Kemp has trouble with voter card

ATLANTA — The Latest on voting problems in the midterm election (all times local): 7:13 p.m. Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp — who is also in charge of the state’s election — had problems voting. The Georgia governor’s race is one of the most closely-watched in the country, due in part to an ongoing … Continue reading ATLANTA | The Latest: In Georgia, Kemp has trouble with voter card