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Digest

Ortega declared presidential election winner

By TIMES WIRES
Published November 8, 2006


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Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist revolutionary who fought off a U.S.-backed insurgency in the 1980s, won Nicaragua's presidential election, the latest results showed Tuesday. With 91 percent of the vote counted in Sunday's election, Ortega had 38 percent compared to 29 percent for Eduardo Montealegre, his closest challenger, who conceded. Under Nicaraguan law, the winner must get 35 percent and have a five-percentage point lead to win the election outright and avoid a runoff. Ortega spent most of the 1980s fighting a U.S.-backed Contra insurgency. He lost the presidency in the 1990 election, ending Sandinista rule and years of civil war. He has spent the past 16 years trying to get his job back.

 

TAJIKISTAN

President re-elected by a wide margin

In an election that foreign observers say lacked any genuine competition, authoritarian President Emomali Rakhmonov won a new seven-year term, according to a count of 91 percent of the vote announced Tuesday. Victory had been widely expected for Rakhmonov, who has been in power since 1992. Elections commission chairman Merzoali Boltoiyev said Rakhmonov had 79.3 percent of the vote in Monday's election.

 

RWANDA

Genocide suspects sought from Britain

Rwanda is seeking the extradition from Britain of four alleged masterminds of the 1994 genocide in which more than 500,000 minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were killed, Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama said Tuesday. He said his country is seeking Vincent Bajinya, Emmanuel Ntezilyayo, Munyaneza Charlesall and Celestin Ugirasebuja, all senior leaders in Hutu militias who carried out genocide-related crimes.

CHINA

Government says riots, protests dip

The number of "mass incidents" in China, a reference to protests, riots and other forms of social unrest, fell by one-fifth in the first nine months of 2006, according to Chinese government statistics released Tuesday. The official New China News Agency reported that police dealt with 17,900 disturbances during the January-September period, a drop of 22.1 percent, quoting Liu Jinguo, a vice minister of the nation's Ministry of Public Security. Government statistics in China have long been viewed with skepticism by critics who say they tend to be inaccurate and are engineered for political purposes.

Elsewhere ...

AFGHANISTAN: Suspected Taliban militants ambushed a U.S.-led coalition patrol in the south, killing one soldier, while an attack on police in the east left two insurgents and one police officer dead, officials said Tuesday.

MEXICO: The mayor of Ciudad Acuna, a Mexican city on the Texas border, led about 400 people on a 55-mile march Tuesday to protest U.S. plans for a border fence.

 

[Last modified November 8, 2006, 02:06:41]


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