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French exit polls suggest that Francois Hollande's Socialists and their allies are set for a majority following the first round of legislative elections

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...’s Socialists and their allies are set for a majority following the first round of legislative elections. The Socialists appear tied with the right-wing UMP party on about 35% of the vote, but the support of Green allies gives them closer to 40%. The outcome of the polls is expected to determine the extent and pace of reform under the newly-elected French leader. Run-offs are to be held a we...

Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in as Kenya's president after winning elections against Raila Odinga back in March

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...end the ceremony after his attempt to overturn Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in court failed. Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, face charges at the International Criminal Court relating to post-election violence five years ago. Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in as Kenya’s president after winning elections against Raila Odinga back in March They were on opposite sides at the time...

The British couple was attacked at the Kenyan resort Kiwayu Safari Village close to the border with Somalia

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British couple, David and Judith Tebbutt attacked by pirates in Kenya. UPDATES.   A British man was murdered and his wife is presumed kidnapped during an attack at the beach resort where they were on holiday in Kenya. The British couple, who have not been named, were staying at the Kenyan resort Kiwayu Safari Village close to the border with Somalia when gunmen burst into their beach hut late in...

Kenya is voting in an election that observers describe as the most important in the country's history

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...essentially a two-horse race pitting Prime Minister Raila Odinga against Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta. Some observers say they are particularly concerned about violence erupting should neither of the two frontrunners poll more than 50% – in which case the vote will go to a run-off, probably on April 11. Uhuru Kenyatta, son of Kenya’s founding father Jomo Kenyatta, is due to sta...

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe wants to hold elections in March 2013

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Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe wants to hold elections in March 2013 with a referendum on a new constitution this November, court papers reveal. His long-time rivals in the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have condemned this timetable as “unrealistic”. The two sides are unable to agree on a draft constitution, which is supposed to be in place before the new election. Un...

Over 100 people died after a fuel pipeline exploded in a slum area in Nairobi, Kenya

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Over 100 people died after a fuel pipeline exploded in a slum area in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday, according to police. “We are putting the number of dead at over 100, we are waiting for body bags to put the victims into,” said Thomas Atuti, area police commander. Over 100 people died after a fuel pipeline exploded in a slum area in Nairobi, Kenya   The explosion took place in Nai...

The clashes in Tana River district, Coast Province, took place late on Tuesday between the Orma and Pokomo groups

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...and Pokomo left at least 130 dead in the same region. The semi-arid region is one of the poorest in Kenya, with very little infrastructure or industry. The government recently created a ministry to promote development in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid areas, but there has been little improvement in peoples’ lives, our reporter adds. The violence comes as Kenya prepares for elections early...

The ballot count in Kenya's presidential elections has been rigged, says the running mate of Prime Minister Raila Odinga

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The ballot count in Kenya’s presidential elections has been rigged, says the running mate of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is trailing behind his rival, Uhuru Kenyatta. “We have evidence the results we have received have been doctored,” said Raila Odinga’s running mate Kalonzo Musyoka. He said the vote count should be stopped but added that his comments were not a call...

Turkey is voting in municipal elections that analysts say could determine the political future of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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...Justice and Development Party (AKP). The government blocked Twitter and YouTube in the run up to the elections, following a series of online leaks. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said social media was spreading misinformation. Turkey is voting in municipal elections that analysts say could determine the political future of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan On Saturday pro- and anti-government factions held rival dem...

Vladimir Putin is celebrating his victory in Russian elections, which will give him a third presidential term after spending the last four years as the country's prime minister

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...cast multiple ballots – and that campaigning had been insufficiently competitive. “Such elections cannot be called fair, just and open according to the Russian constitution and international standards,” a Golos spokeswoman said at a news conference on Monday morning. Vladimir Putin is celebrating his victory in Russian elections, which will give him a third presidential term af...

Kenyan security officials are to be questioned by MPs about alleged intelligence failings over the Nairobi's Westgate shopping centre attack

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...e (NIS), Michael Gichangi – are set to appear before the parliamentary defense committee later on Monday. Kenyan newspapers have reported that the NIS warned a year ago of the presence of suspected al-Shabab militants in the capital and that they were planning suicide attacks, including on the Westgate shopping centre. Briefings were given to the ministers “informing them of increasing...

Kenyan Deputy PM Uhuru Kenyatta appears to have won the presidential election by the tightest of margins as the provisional results indicate

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Kenyan Deputy PM Uhuru Kenyatta appears to have won the presidential election by the tightest of margins as the provisional results indicate. After all the votes were counted Uhuru Kenyatta had polled 50.03% of the vote, 4,109 votes over the threshold required for outright victory. However, the official result is not expected before 11:00 on Saturday. Rival candidate Raila Odinga is set to file a...

The wreckage of two Ugandan helicopters that went missing on Sunday has been found in a remote area of Kenya

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The wreckage of two Ugandan helicopters that went missing on Sunday has been found in a remote area of Kenya, a Kenyan army spokesman has said. The fate of those on board – believed to be 14 people – is unknown, Colonel Cyrus Oguna said. Both aircraft were part of a contingent being sent to reinforce the African Union (AU) force in Somalia. A third helicopter on the same mission made...

Kenyan parliament has approved a motion to leave the ICC following an emergency debate

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...’s trial is due to start in The Hague next week. The ICC said the cases would continue even if Kenya pulled out. The charges against both Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto stem from violence that broke out after disputed elections in 2007, in which more than 1,000 people were killed and 600,000 forced from their homes. Uhuru Kenyatta is to go on trial in November. They were on opposite sides d...

India’s Election Commission has announced the country's general election will take place in nine phases in April and May

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...(NOTA) button, an option for voters who do not want to cast their ballot for any of the candidates. Elections in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar will take place in six phases. Kashmir and West Bengal will vote in five phases each. Uttar Pradesh is India’s most populous states and one of its largest. Elections in the capital, Delhi, will be held on 10 April. The polls are being seen as...

Tamil party has won Sri Lanka’s first elections for a semi-autonomous council in the island's north after decades of ethnic war

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Tamil party has won Sri Lanka’s first elections for a semi-autonomous council in the island’s north after decades of ethnic war, official results show. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won 30 seats in the 38-member council following Saturday’s Northern Provincial Council elections. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s coalition won seven of the other seats. The vote took place four ye...

Right-wing New Democracy and left-wing Syriza parties are almost neck-and-neck after Greek parliamentary elections, according to the first exit polls

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...t-wing New Democracy and left-wing Syriza parties are almost neck-and-neck after Greek parliamentary elections, according to the first exit polls. Greece elections exit polls 75% at 19:00, local time: New Democracy: 27.5-30.5% Syriza: 27-30% Pasok: 10-12% Right-wing New Democracy and left-wing Syriza parties are almost neck-and-neck after Greek parliamentary elections, according to the first exit...

An Egyptian administrative court has suspended general elections that were scheduled to begin in April

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An Egyptian administrative court has suspended general elections that were scheduled to begin in April. The court said the electoral law needed to be reviewed by the Supreme Constitutional Court to determine whether it conformed to the constitution. President Mohamed Morsi had said the polls would begin on April 22, taking place in four stages over two months. The elections have been boycotted by...

Nicolas Maduro’s United Socialist Party has won the greatest share of the vote in Venezuela's local elections

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...as Maduro’s United Socialist Party has won the greatest share of the vote in Venezuela’s local elections Local elections in Venezuela are usually low key, but this one was filled with expectations for the government and the opposition. Voters were electing mayors to 337 municipalities and officials to more than 2,000 city councils. The opposition won mayoral races in the capital, Caracas, an...

Thailand's main opposition party has decided to boycott snap elections set for February

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...nce, Abhisit Vejjajiva told reporters his party had agreed it would not field candidates in the snap elections. Thailand’s main opposition party has decided to boycott snap elections set for February “The Thai people have lost their faith in the democratic system,” he said. The prime minister dissolved parliament and called the election on December 9 in a bid, she said, to avoid...

Thai protesters want Yingluck Shinawatra’s government replaced by an unelected people's council

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...Yingluck Shinawatra’s brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, to return. Yingluck Shinawatra called early elections to quell the unrest, but demonstrators have vowed to block the poll from going ahead. Correspondents say one election commissioner has predicted that 10% of polling stations will not be able to open at all on Sunday. Because of disruption to candidate registration, the elections will also...

One child has been killed and three seriously hurt in a grenade attack on a church's Sunday school in Nairobi

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One child has been killed and three seriously hurt in a grenade attack on a church’s Sunday school in the Kenya capital, Nairobi. The attacker targeted St Polycarp’s church on Juja Road. A police spokesman blamed sympathizers of Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamist militant group, angry over Kenya’s role in the UN-backed intervention force. A mob later rounded on Somalis living ne...

Yesterday the bungalow, where David and Judith Tebbutt were staying, was cordoned off with yellow crime-scene tape as armed police patrolled the three-mile arc of white sand outside their door

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...groups and Somali pirates operating in the Indian Ocean are now said to be “gathering intelligence” on possible kidnappers. The Special Forces could be supported by UK troops currently on routine training operations in Kenya. Yesterday the bungalow, where David and Judith Tebbutt were staying, was cordoned off with yellow crime-scene tape as armed police patrolled the three-mile arc of white san...

Judith Tebbutt, the British woman kidnapped in Kenya, has been freed in Somalia six months after she was seized and her husband David killed

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...very unfortunate. Really horrible. But you’ve just got to pick up the pieces…. and move on,” she said. Judith Tebbutt, the British woman kidnapped in Kenya, has been freed in Somalia six months after she was seized and her husband David killed   Judith Tebbutt landed in Nairobi on Wednesday where she will be looked after by officials from the British embassy before being f...

Catalonia is holding key regional elections after a campaign that has focused on the issue of independence

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Catalonia, one of the most important regions of Spain, is holding key regional elections, after a campaign that has focused on the issue of independence. Catalan nationalists want to hold a referendum on whether the region should break away from the rest of Spain. Polls suggest Catalan nationalist parties are set to do well. Catalan President Artur Mas called early elections amid a funding row wi...