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Presidential Election

Venezuelans burn effigies of both presidential candidates

Venezuela's two presidential candidates were burnt in effigy in an Easter tradition that replaces the biblical Judas Iscariot with disliked public figures.

In Caracas, supporters of interim President Nicolas Maduro - the hand-picked successor of late president Hugo Chavez - torched an effigy of opposition candidate Henrique Capriles on Sunday .

Tuesday, 2 April, 2013, 3:11am

Left-wing economist Milos Zeman wins Czech presidential election

Milos Zeman

A tough, outspoken chain smoker who loves a glass of wine, Europe-friendly veteran left-winger Milos Zeman replaces ardent eurosceptic Vaclav Klaus as president of the Czech Republic.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:02am

Leftist Zeman wins Czech presidency, trumps aristocrat

Leftist presidential candidate Milos Zeman, center, comes to his election team headquarters in Prague. Photo: AP

The burly, silver-haired Zeman garnered 54.82-per cent support with virtually all votes counted, against 45.17 per cent for Schwarzenberg, having also won the January 11-12 first round in a field of nine rivals.

26 Jan 2013 - 11:55pm

Punk prince and left-wing veteran vie for presidency

Badge depicting Schwarzenberg as a punk. Photo: AFP

The two-day second round will end a decade under Eurosceptic Vaclav Klaus, but few dared to predict who would succeed him, with veteran leftist Milos Zeman and Karel Schwarzenberg, the blue-blooded foreign minister, locked in a tight race.

26 Jan 2013 - 4:16am

Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez admits to relapse of cancer

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez kisses a crucifix as he speaks during a national broadcast, in which he announced his cancer had returned, at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas on Saturday. Photo Reuters

Firebrand Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has admitted a relapse of his cancer and designated Vice-President Nicolas Maduro as his heir apparent in case "something happened" to him.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Briefs, November 26, 2012

A gay rights campaigner holds a placard in New Delhi. Photo: AFP

Police officers sacked in exam cheats probe

26 Nov 2012 - 5:38am

Obama, Romney focus on swing states in late campaigning

President Barack Obama. Photo: AP

 President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney engaged in frantic get-out-the-vote efforts and made final pleas to voters on Monday in a sprint through battleground states that will determine who wins their agonisingly close White House race.

6 Nov 2012 - 10:43am

Chavez entertains supporters ahead of his sternest election test yet

Hugo Chavez dances in the rain before a large crowd on the final campaign day before tomorrow’s presidential vote. Photo: Reuters

Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez played air guitar, danced in the rain and blew kisses to a red sea of followers, some in tears, others shouting "I love you" ahead of his toughest election test.

6 Oct 2012 - 11:22am

Corrections & clarifications

A graphic that ran with Friday's story headlined 'Former president endorses Frank Hsieh ahead of polls' on Page A4 wrongly stated that independents took 23.7 per cent of the vote in Taiwan's 2000 presidential election. The actual figure was 36.8 per cent.

26 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Voice your concerns

The New Youth Forum, set up in 2000 by a group of young people concerned about current affairs and politics, is becoming more and more popular. An increasing number of students are taking part in activities organised by the group.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Painting over the cracks

Four months after the presidential election, Kuomintang supporters are still waving large flags at the passing traffic close to the party's resplendent Taipei headquarters. Anxious to understand how they felt, I approached one person last week and asked him what his motives were.

22 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Presidential election

The South China Morning Post will have a specialist team covering Saturday's presidential election in Taiwan. Reporters Allen T. Cheng, Nailene Chou Wiest and Jacky Hsu - along with photographer Dickson Lee - will bring you comprehensive coverage of the vote and accompanying referendum.

15 Mar 2004 - 12:00am