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    • Ecuador surprisingly turns right

      Ecuador surprisingly turns right

      Guillermo Lasso, a conservative former banker, has surprisingly won Ecuador's presidential election run-off, news wires reported. His opponent, the left-wing economist Andrés Arauz, conceded defeat hours after polls closed on Sunday. With almost all the ballots counted, Lasso had got 52.5% of the vote compared to Arauz's 47.5%.

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    • Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing died

      Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing died

      Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, considered a key architect of European integration, died on Wednesday at the age of 94, news wires reported. France’s leader from 1974 to 1981, he presided over a modernisation of French society, allowing divorce by mutual consent, legalising abortion and lowering the voting age to 18 years from 21.

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    • MRF demands resignations of government and president

      MRF demands resignations of government and president

      The Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) demanded the resignations of the government and the President Rumen Radev. This became clear from the MRF leader Mustafa Karadayi’s speech in the National Assembly on the occasion of starting the new parliamentary season. The party has called for an expert cabinet to hold fair elections and bring the country out of the political crisis

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    • Putin granted right to rule until 2036

      Putin granted right to rule until 2036

      Russians appeared to have paved the way for Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036 by voting overwhelmingly for a package of constitutional changes, initial results of a nationwide vote showed. Partial results, announced five hours before polls closed, indicate the former KGB officer who has ruled Russia for more than two decades will win the right to run for two more terms. That means he could remain president for 16 more years.

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    • Polish presidential challenger vows for a change

      Polish presidential challenger vows for a change

      Polish presidential challenger Rafal Trzaskowski tried on Monday to rally voters of other opposition candidates to his centrist cause, vowing to hold the nationalist government to account ahead of what looks set to be a knife-edge run-off vote, news wires reported. “I am directing my words to all those who want change. Without them there will be several more years of a monopoly on power which is not honest and it is not possible to hold it to account because it attacks independent institutions,” he told supporters.

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    • Poland’s presidential election to be decided in run-off

      Poland’s presidential election to be decided in run-off

      Poland’s incumbent Andrzej Duda won the first round of the presidential election on Sunday but will have to face the liberal mayor of Warsaw Rafal Trzaskowski in a run-off on 12 July, news wires reported. An exit poll showed Duda winning 41.8% of the ballots, against 30.4% for Trzaskowski from the Civic Platform party. Final results could differ slightly.

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    • Poland votes to elect president

      Poland votes to elect president

      Poles go to polls today to vote for president, with incumbent Andrzej Duda expected to easily win the first round, but not reaching the needed majority of 50% to get second term outright. Most analysts predict he would go to a run-off against liberal Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski on 12 July. Overall 11 candidates are competing in the first round.

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    • Economist wins Lithuania's presidential election

      Economist wins Lithuania's presidential election

      Prominent economist Gitanas Nauseda won Lithuania's presidential election held on Sunday together with election for European parliament. “I am grateful to the people who voted today and I can promise that politics will be different now in Lithuania. Everybody deserves a better life in our beautiful country,” he told a cheering crowd of supporters.

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