Elections in Algeria, Afghanistan, Guinea Bissau and Macedonia

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Algeria Presidential election 2014

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has romped to a landslide victory with a staggering 81 percent of the valid votes in the presidential election.    

  • It gives the 77-year-old ailing incumbent, in power since 1999, his 4th presidential term.
  • His main rival, former Prime Minister Ali Benflis, could garner just 12.18 percent.
  • The opposition credit the outcome to massive vote rigging by the incumbent.
  • He is widely acknowledged for leading the country out of a brutal war with Islamists in 1990s.
  • The conflict claimed as many as 200,000 lives.
  • The president, now confined to a wheelchair having suffered a stroke last year, is viewed as a apostle of stability.

Afghanistan Presidential election 2014

  • The election took place on 5th of April and result is scheduled to be declared on April 24.
  • The contest, to replace Hamid Karzai, is primarily between Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Dr Ashraf Ghani and Zalmai Rasoul.
  • Afghans are going to get a new president this time round as incumbent president Hamid Karzai is not contesting being constitutionally barred from a third term.

Macedonia

  • The exercise to elect the president in Macedonia has run into a run-off election as no clear winner was thrown up after the result of preliminary round.
  • The incumbent President Giyorgeh Ivanov secured 51 percent of the votes polled as against 37 percent of nearest rival Pendarovski.
  • He will have to go for a run-off despite getting a clear majority as the constitution requires  over 50 percent of all registered votes (not polled ones) for an outright win.
  • The 2nd round will be held with the Parliamentary elections scheduled on April 27, 2014.

Guinea Bissau

Domingos Simoes Pereira of the PAIGC party is all set to be the new Prime Minister after his party secured 55 out of the total 102 seats in the parliament.

  • The main opposition Party for Social Renewal (PRS) scrambled to 41 seats.
  • The country, one of the poorest in the world, is plagued by repeated coup. 
  • No elected leader has served a full term since independence from Portugal in 1974.
  • The country is also going to elect its president on May 18, 2014.
  • That will be a run-off election between Jose Mario Vaz (PAIGC) and Nuno Gomes Nabiam (Independent) as no candidate could emerge outright winner in the preliminary round. 

Jose Mario Vaz has finally won the run-off to become the new president of the country.

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