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Lewis Cardinal suspends federal run for NDP, citing personal, health reasons

EDMONTON - Aboriginal activist and educator Lewis Cardinal says he's not going to run for the NDP in the next federal election after all. Cardinal issued a statement on Thursday saying he will be stepping down as the party's candidate in Edmonton Centre "due to personal and health reasons" without specifying what those reasons are. It was just a few weeks ago that federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made a stop in Edmonton to mark Cardinal's nomination.

NDP ordered to stop using parliamentary resources for satellite party offices

OTTAWA - The NDP has been ordered not to use parliamentary resources to pay for staff in satellite party offices. Sources say the board of internal economy, the all-party body that sets the rules for MPs' spending, has decided that the House of Commons must be the ordinary place of employment for anyone whose salary is paid by the Commons; they cannot work in offices leased or owned by a political party.

Solis wins Costa Rica's presidential election

San Jose, Apr 7 (EFE).- Center-left candidate Luis Guillermo Solis won Costa Rica's presidential election over the weekend and vowed to work for national unity and greater social justice. Solis garnered 77.88 percent of the vote on Sunday, while his National Liberation Party, or PLN, rival, Johnny Araya, got 22.12 percent, with 94 percent of the ballots counted, the national elections commission said.

Costa Rican centrist set for election win with no rival

Opposition candidate Luis Guillermo Solis is expected to easily cruise to victory in Costa Rica's presidential run-off election Sunday, a month after his only rival withdrew from the race. The constitution bars official presidential candidates from stepping aside in a runoff election, and so voters will still be able to pick Johnny Araya of the ruling right-wing National Liberation Party (PLN) on the ballot. Even though his election is all but secured thanks to an unbeatable lead, Solis has mounted an intense campaign to get out the vote.

Elections Canada clears NDP MPs on use of parliamentary resources in byelections

OTTAWA - Elections Canada says New Democrat MPs did nothing wrong when they used their free parliamentary mailing privileges to send partisan flyers into several ridings involved in byelection campaigns last fall. Chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand says as long as the flyers were mailed before the byelections were called — as NDP Leader Tom Mulcair insists they were — they do not constitute an election expense. Mulcair has acknowledged some flyers arrived in mailboxes after the byelections had been called.

Mexico government telecom bill undermines watchdog: opposition

By Gabriel Stargardter and Tomas Sarmiento MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's opposition said on Tuesday a government telecom bill undermines a new watchdog by keeping key regulatory powers in the executive's hands, in a spat that could stall the passage of rules aimed at curbing cell phone mogul Carlos Slim and fellow tycoon Emilio Azcarraga's TV group Televisa.

Serbia's Progressives win nearly half March 16 votes: official result

BELGRADE (Reuters) - The Serbian Progressive Party has won 48.4 percent of the votes in the March 16 snap election and will be able to form the next government alone, final official results showed. Confirming a landslide victory unprecedented since the Balkan country came out of international isolation in 2000, the state election commission said late on Monday that the Progressives would have 158 seats in the 250-seat parliament.

Greek journalist-turned-politician rides anti-establishment wave

By Deepa Babington and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - A television journalist-turned-political crusader promising to shake up Greek politics is winning unexpectedly strong support from voters in the run-up to European elections in May. Tapping into the disgust felt by many Greeks against established politicians with a call for a grassroots, youth-led movement to solve Greek problems, Stavros Theodorakis has quickly snapped up followers from both the left and the right.

Solis set for C. Rica poll win after rival withdraws

Centrist candidate Luis Guillermo Solis appeared set for victory in Costa Rica's presidential elections after rival Johnny Araya unexpectedly withdrew from an April 6 runoff Wednesday. In a surprise announcement, Araya, of the ruling right-wing National Liberation Party, said he was pulling out after indications Solis was poised to win by a landslide. A recent poll had Araya with 20.9 percent of the vote, against 64.4 percent backing Solis.

Solis set for C.Rica poll win after rival withdraws

Centrist candidate Luis Guillermo Solis appeared set for victory in Costa Rica's presidential elections after rival Jonny Araya unexpectedly withdrew from an April 6 run-off on Wednesday. In a surprise announcement, Araya, of the ruling right-wing National Liberation Party, said he was pulling out after indications Solis was poised to win by a landslide. A recent poll had Araya with 20.9 percent of the vote against 64.4 percent backing Solis.
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