Partial and regional tallies start to trickle in on Friday, with final consolidated results expected by Sunday, although President Edgar Lungu's party hints it is heading for victory.
The Nicaraguan government launched a crackdown on the opposition parties, arresting five presidential candidates and several other leaders in recent weeks.
Democrats in US Senate will try to advance legislation, viewed as the civil rights issue of the era by backers, to set new national election standards countering restrictions imposed by Republican states that make it harder to vote.
Iran's hard-line judiciary chief won a landslide victory in the country's presidential election, a vote that both propelled the supreme leader's protege into Tehran's highest civilian position and saw the lowest turnout in the Iran's history.
Results of the election are expected around noon Saturday. If no clear winner emerges, a runoff will be held on June 25, defying predictions.
Conservative lawmaker Alireza Zakani, reformist Mohsen Mehralizadeh and ultraconservative Saeed Jalili, have withdrawn from Iran’s presidential race on the last day of campaigning, leaving only four contenders for Friday’s vote.
Around 75 percent of respondents in a recent survey of Iranians said they would not cast their vote in this month’s presidential election.
The polarising runoff contest between rural teacher Pedro Castillo and Keiko Fujimori, making her third run for the presidency, comes after the government’s admission that Covid-19 deaths are at least 2.5 times higher than previously acknowledged.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says he asked supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to intervene and warned "the heart of elections is competition. If you take that away it becomes a corpse."
With over 95 percent of the votes counted, the country’s central election commission says Prime Minister Edi Rama’s Socialist Party secured 48.5 percent of the votes, equivalent to 74 seats in the 140-member parliament.
Deby, a close Western ally, was killed in battle with rebels on Monday, raising concern in the US and France that turmoil and uncertainty following his death will hamper the fight against militants across the Sahel region.
The parliamentary election pits Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva's Movement for Democracy against its main challenger, the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde, a socialist party led by Janira Hopffer Almada.
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