presidential elections

Michelle Bachelet wins 73pc of votes in Chilean presidential election primary

Michelle Bachelet

Marking a triumphant return to politics, former Chilean president Dr Michelle Bachelet has won the right to run for another four-year term in November. The surgeon-turned-politician won an overwhelming 73 per cent of votes cast in Sunday's primary. Her closest opponent for the nomination of the centre-left coalition New Majority was Andres Velasco, with 12.9 per cent.

Tuesday, 2 July, 2013, 3:42am

Parties vie to control Indonesian soccer, seeing it as key to election victory

Supporters light flares at a match in March. No political party can draw such a big, devoted crowd, a soccer official says. Photo: Reuters

More than 60,000 people packed into Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on a recent Saturday night to see the national soccer team play. Another 100 million tuned in to television to watch the match, underlining the appeal of soccer in Indonesia where attendance rivals the top English and German soccer leagues.

25 May 2013 - 2:42am

Obama leads Romney in Ohio and Florida

Barack Obama. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama maintains a lead over his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, in the key battleground states of Ohio and in Florida, a new public opinion poll has found.

3 Nov 2012 - 2:45pm

Mitt Romney, the man who would be president

Mitt Romney. Photo: EPA

Mitt Romney has been a shrewd businessman, a skilled governor and an Olympic turnaround master, but his main job over the past six years, more than any other American, has been running for president.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:32pm

Four more years of Obama will 'crush our future', says Romney

Mitt Romney. Photo: EPA

Mitt Romney promised on Friday he would be the agent of change needed to restore US economic health, accusing President Barack Obama of a four-year policy failure that threatens to “crush our future”.

27 Oct 2012 - 2:37pm