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Election News from Around the World

According to polls, Evo Morales, the incumbent president of Bolivia is poised for reelection. Morales previously sponsored a referendum that allowed him to seek a second term. Morales is the country’s first indigenous president, BBC News.

A run-off vote for president was held in Romania today. Current President Traian Basescu is running against former Foreign Minister Mircea Geoana. Geoana was leading in the polls going into the election. The run-off election follows a November 22 election that was marked with fraud. The third place finisher in that election dropped out and gave his support to Geoana in the run-off, Bloomberg.

Political instability continues in Honduras. Though conservative Porfirio Lobo Sosa won last Sunday’s vote, some countries, including Argentina, Brazil, and Spain, are still not recognizing the legitimacy of the election because ousted President Manuel Zelaya was not returned to power before the election. The voter turnout numbers are now being analyzed to see if an argument can be made that the election represented the will of the citizens of Honduras, CNN.

Iraq’s parliament has missed a deadline that would have approved elections for January 2010. Iraq has two vice presidents who both have veto power and Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi vowed to not approve new election rules unless greater representation for Iraq’s Sunni population was included.  Iraq does not currently have reliable census information. The UN has suggested February 27 as a new target date for an election, Al Jazeera.

Protesters clashed with police in Athens, Greece on the 1st anniversary of the police shooting of teenager Alexandros Grigoropoulos. Two officers charged with his death will begin trial next year, BBC News.

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Bolivia’s 2nd Official Flag Sparks Controversy

Bolivia has added a second official flag, known as the Wiphala, representing the country’s indigenous people. The addition highlights centuries-long ethnic tensions as the traditional tri-colored flag is said by critics to represent the country’s elite who are the descendants of Europeans and who now worry that their traditional flag will be phased out over time.

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Bolivia Gives More Freedom to Indigenous People

Bolivia declared today that indigenous people in the country have the right to rule themselves. They are the first country in South America to give the indigenous people this right and they will be able to vote on referendums that allow for more autonomy in December, BBC News.

Since July 26, more than 600 Nigerians have been killed in violence between an Islamic sect and security forces. Officials say they will have to bury many in mass graves because of the large number of deceased, Sky News.

A plague in China has quarantined an entire town and two people are dead. A 32-year-old and 37-year-old have both died from the lung disease, AP.

Ford Motor Co. reports that their sales increased in the month of July, a promising sign that the U.S. may be recovering from the economic crisis. The company says the “Cash for Clunkers” program, which encourages drivers to trade in vehicles that are not fuel efficent for new vehicles that are, helped aid sales, CNN.

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