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Archive for October 2015

Reeling Haiti holds presidential and long-overdue municipal elections

October 25, 2015 - HAITI

The Caribbean country elects a successor to President Michel Martelly alongside overdue municipal elections and the runoff from the Aug 9 legislative vote. The first-round legislative contest will be redone in 25 of Haiti’s 119 constituencies because of the disorder and violence that disrupted the August voting.

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Governing party election chances declining amid refugee crisis

October 25, 2015 - POLAND

The governing center-right Civic Platform appears vulnerable ahead of the parliamentary election because Poland’s impressive growth has stalled and unemployment is relatively high, and because the opposition Law and Justice Party has tapped into anti-migrant opinion in Poland with a swing farther to the right.

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Presidential election ends Kirchner era

October 25, 2015 - ARGENTINA

The two certainties in the presidential election are that it will end 12 years of rule by the Kirchners and that the new president faces enormous challenges. Congressional and local elections will also be held.

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Second weekend of family reunions

October 20, 2015 - NORTH KOREA

Families torn apart by the Korean War reunite briefly at Mount Kumgang, where previous reunions have been held, with 100 participants from each country. Nearly 130,000 South Koreans have family in the North.

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33rd PGA Grand Slam of Golf canceled

October 20, 2015 - UNITED STATES

Following derogatory remarks about Mexicans made in June by course owner and now presidential candidate Donald Trump, the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) announced in July that the 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf would be relocated from the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles. On Sep 3, the PGA announced that the event, a year-end exhibition among the winners of the four men’s major championships, had been canceled.

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First phase elections to be held after long delay

October 18, 2015 - EGYPT

Egypt holds the first phase of long-awaited parliamentary elections, delayed since March. The country has been without a parliament since 2012 when a court dissolved the main chamber, which had been democratically elected following the 2011 uprising.

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