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Moderates seen making early gains in Iran polls

Moderates and reformists supporting President Hassan Rouhani appeared to have made a strong showing in high stakes elections that could speed or slow Iran's post-sanctions opening to the world, according to early unofficial results on Saturd

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Iran votes in contest likely to shape post-sanctions era

Iranians go to the polls to vote for the first time since last year's nuclear deal in elections that could determine whether the Islamic Republic continues to emerge from diplomatic and economic isolation after years of sanctions.

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Sharjah council polls records 67pc voter turnout

The first Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC) polls recorded an impressive 67 per cent voter turnout.   The total number of votes polled stood at 16,696, with 58 per cent polled by male voters and 42 per cent by f

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Record 12,000 candidates register for Iran polls

Almost 12,000 candidates have registered for Iran's February parliamentary election, state television said on Saturday, breaking participation records at a time of political uncertainty in the Islamic Republic. President Hassa

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Bahrain national elections open today

Polling stations across Bahrain opened this morning (November 22) to more than 340,000 nationals eligible to cast their ballots in the national elections, a report said. Voting is taking place across the country's 53 polling s

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Bahrain opposition groups to boycott polls

Two opposition groups, including Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, will not contest the upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections.   A third society could also follow suit in a move described by Sunni group

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Rohani election win mandate for change in Iran

Iranian voters weary of years of economic isolation and tightening political restrictions threw down a blunt demand for change on Saturday by handing a moderate cleric a landslide victory in a presidential electi

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Joyful Libyans brave violence for key vote

Crowds of joyful Libyans, some with tears in their eyes, parted with the legacy of Muammar Gaddafi's dictatorship on Saturday as they voted in the first free national election in 60 years. But in the eastern city of Benghazi, cradle of

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Egypt's bourse seen sideways ahead of polls

Egypt's bourse is seen drifting next week as investors shy away from taking big bets ahead of elections that may not clear the doubts already clouding the country's macro-economic outlook, said experts. The May 23 and 24 presidenti

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Thousands vote in Bahrain's by-election

Thousands of Bahrainis turned out to vote in yesterday's (September 24) parliament by-election, braving threats and intimidation to cast their ballots for the 14 seats available in the Northern, Manama and Central Governorates. Tailbacks w

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