Chile: Independents set for victory in constitution vote
23 May 2021 | 2:46 pm
Voters deciding on who will draft Chile's new constitution have widely rejected the country's ruling coalition in favor of independent and leftist candidates. A new constitution was a key demand of the 2019 protests.
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After decades of electing leaders through a complex, clan-based system, Somalia's government is set to embrace direct universal suffrage ahead of the next year's vote.
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The threat of not being eligible for office for the next two decades hangs over the opposition lawmakers who were considering a boycott of the national ballot.
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The tally is being disputed by the opposition party, which accused the election commission of lacking transparency. Bio is running for a second term against 12 opponents, including his biggest rival Samura Kamara.
The Nature Restoration Act had become a contentious issue within the European Parliament, but climate activists welcomed the acceptance of the bill. Farmers fear they could lose valuable agricultural land.
The run-up has has been dominated by concerns over corruption, and the exclusion of a leading candidate.
Central African Republic voted on a constitutional referendum on Sunday which, if it passes, could remove a presidential term limit and allow President Faustin-Archange Touadera to run for a third term in 2025. Touadera was first elected in 2016 for a five-year term and won reelection in 2020 for what was supposed to be his final term in office.
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