In rut, Russian communists register surprise candidate to challenge Putin

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, Jan 12 : The Russian Communist Party moved to overhaul its geriatric image on Friday, registering a wealthy 57-year-old farm boss to challenge incumbent Vladimir Putin for the presidency in a gamble it hopes will revive its electoral fortunes. Russia’s central election commission on Friday said it had registered Pavel Grudinin, […]

Italian president calls for “realistic” proposals ahead of election

By Steve Scherer ROME, Dec 31 : President Sergio Mattarella on Sunday urged political parties to make realistic proposals to tackle Italy’s problems, especially joblessness, ahead of an election in March. Although the presidency is largely ceremonial, Mattarella does have the power to pick prime ministers and dissolve parliament, which he did this week to […]

President-elect Weah says Liberia “open for business”, vows to fight corruption

By Edward McAllister MONROVIA, Dec 30 : Liberian President-elect George Weah on Saturday declared the country open to investment and pledged to tackle entrenched corruption, in his first speech to the nation since decisively winning an election this week. Speaking in front of reporters and aides packed into a small conference room at his party […]

Italy’s Berlusconi says election fight pits his group against 5-Star

By Isla Binnie ROME, Dec 29 : Italy’s election in March pits the centre-right group against the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement because the ruling left-wing party lags in polls under the country’s third prime minister since the last election, centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi said on Friday. Polls suggest no one will win an outright victory but […]

Ex-soccer star “King George” Weah wins Liberia’s presidency

By Edward McAllister MONROVIA, Dec 28 : Former soccer star George Weah has won Liberia’s presidential run-off election and will succeed incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf next month, the country’s first democratic transition in over 70 years. With 98.1 percent of the vote counted, Weah led with 61.5 percent to Vice President Joseph Boakai’s 38.5 percent, […]