Protests a memory, Brazil opposition struggles to catch Rousseff
By Asher Levine SAO PAULO (Reuters) - This year has been difficult for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, but it hasn't been much easier for her opposition. Brazil's PSDB party, the main rival to Rousseff's Workers' Party, failed to capitalize on a turbulent period marked by a sputtering economy and the widespread, often violent street protests against poor public services and corruption that rocked the country in June.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:13:46 -0500
Mississippi Republican Senator Cochran to seek seventh term
By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi announced on Friday that he will run for re-election next year, ending speculation that one of the longest serving Republicans was ready to retire and avoid a Tea Party-backed primary challenge. "I will run hard and be successful so that I can continue to serve the people of Mississippi and our nation effectively," Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday, said in a statement issued by his office. Cochran first disclosed his decision earlier in the day in an interview with a Mississippi newspaper. Cochran faces what may become a highly competitive Republican primary challenge from Mississippi state Senator Chris McDaniel, a favorite of the anti-Washington Tea Party movement.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:27:43 -0500
Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden? Obama says won't choose between them for 2016
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama says both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden would make outstanding presidents. That was the message Obama laid down in an interview on Thursday with MSNBC's "Hardball" program when host Chris Matthews asked him to compare and contrast the two. "Both Hillary and Joe would make outstanding presidents and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents," he said. America's political world is a boil as to whether former Secretary of State Clinton will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:05:54 -0500
Egypt draft constitution opens way to presidential poll first
A draft Egyptian constitution completed on Sunday opens the way for a presidential election to be held before parliamentary polls, potentially changing the transition plan outlined by the army when it ousted President Mohamed Mursi. The original plan said a parliamentary election should take place before the presidential one. But the draft constitution avoids stipulating which vote should happen first. The draft constitution says the "election procedures" must start within six months from the date of the constitution's ratification, meaning Egypt may not have an elected president or parliament until the second half of next year.
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 17:55:57 -0500
Honduras's defiant left asks for presidential election recount
By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - The party of Honduras' defeated leftist presidential candidate Xiomara Castro demanded a full vote recount on Friday, offering examples of poll fraud that supporters say robbed her of victory this week when conservative Juan Hernandez was declared the winner. Hernandez, who is head of Congress and enjoys close ties with incumbent president Porfirio Lobo, was declared winner on Monday, promising to tame violence that has made Honduras the world's murder capital. Castro, wife of former ousted leader Manuel Zelaya, has refused to accept the results, setting the stage for a protracted conflict. On Friday, Castro's Liberty and Refoundation Party, demanded a full recount of 16,135 ballot boxes, arguing that certificates signed by the parties and submitted to election authorities with local vote tallies had been falsified.
Sat, 30 Nov 2013 01:06:38 -0500
Nicaraguan committee passes change to remove presidential term limits
By Ivan Castro MANAGUA (Reuters) - A Nicaraguan parliamentary committee on Thursday approved a constitutional change to remove presidential term limits, which could allow incumbent Daniel Ortega stay in power for years and has raised concerns about democracy in the country. The plan put forward this month by Ortega's ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front was passed by the four Sandinista members of the seven-strong committee, paving the way for a full vote on the package of changes in December. The Sandinistas hold 63 of the 92 seats in Nicaragua's National Assembly, giving the party the two-thirds majority needed to change the constitution in a vote due by December 15. Alba Palacios, a Sandinista member of the assembly, said the package originally containing 39 changes had been broadened to include 42, though she did not give details of the new ones.
Thu, 28 Nov 2013 21:40:23 -0500
U.S. concerned about Nicaragua plan to end presidential term limits
By Ivan Castro MANAGUA (Reuters) - The United States on Friday criticized a proposal by Nicaragua's ruling party to remove presidential term limits, which could allow Washington's former Cold War adversary Daniel Ortega to stay in power indefinitely. Earlier this month Ortega's Sandinista National Liberation Front put forward a plan to change the constitution that would end restrictions on re-election, although the president has yet to say publicly whether he wants to run again in 2016. Nicaragua's law had a two-term limit for presidents but that was overridden by a controversial Supreme Court ruling that allowed Ortega to run for office again in 2011. The U.S. government expressed concern about the new proposal, which would make Nicaragua the latest in a string of Latin American countries from Bolivia to Ecuador to grant presidents power extending beyond their traditional limits.
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:58:19 -0500
Honduras candidate Hernandez says currency devaluation 'not an option'
By Gabriel Stargardter, Miguel Gutierrez and Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran ruling party presidential candidate Juan Hernandez said on Thursday a currency devaluation, which is widely seen as a pre-condition for a new International Monetary Fund (IMF) credit deal, is not on the cards if he wins this week's vote. The National Party's Hernandez is currently running neck-and-neck with Xiomara Castro, the wife of ousted former leader Manuel Zelaya, to be the next president of the violence-racked Central American nation.
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:41:37 -0500
Chile's Pinera says not planning a presidential comeback
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said on Thursday he is not grooming for a 2017 re-election bid, likely curbing months of speculation that the unpopular conservative may be eyeing a comeback. His disarrayed right-wing coalition lost ground in last week's congressional elections and its presidential nominee, Evelyn Matthei, is poised to suffer a heavy defeat against center-left Bachelet in December. Pinera's administration has been battered by student protests that sent his approval levels tumbling to the lowest levels for a president since Chile's return to democracy 23 years ago, though they have crept up recently.
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:02:55 -0500
Colombia's Santos to stand for re-election in 2014
By Helen Murphy and Julia Symmes Cobb BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday he will seek a second term in next May's election, a widely expected decision that could offer him another four years to pursue a peace process he initiated with Marxist FARC rebels. "I'm running because I'm convinced we have advanced sufficiently and finally it is possible to reach that future of prosperity and peace all Colombians deserve," Santos, 62, said in a televised address to the nation. "I'm doing it because when you can see the light at the end of the tunnel you don't turn back." Santos, a Harvard-educated journalist and son of one of the nation's most influential families, will take on opposition candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga in a campaign likely to focus on how peace with the rebels would transform Colombian society after five decades of war. Still, Zuluaga, a one-time senator and provincial mayor, charges that FARC negotiations have brought extra uncertainty and an upsurge in attacks on infrastructure, damaging the $360 billion economy.
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:20:59 -0500
Copyright (c) 2013 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved