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Sudan President Omar al-Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of vote

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has won Presidential re-election by securing 94 per cent of the vote.

With this win he will have additional term of five years in office which will extend his current 25-year rule. He is in power since 1989.

In this election Omar’s National Congress Party (NCP) also won 323 of 426 parliamentary seats.

Omar is facing war crimes charges and is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of ordering genocide in the Darfur conflict in 2003 in which the UN estimates 300,000 people had died and more than two million displaced.

Election summary

The voting was for four-day and had started on 13th April 2015. Sudanese opposition had boycotted this election. Official voter turnout in this election was low at 46%.

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Centre Party wins Parliamentary Elections of Finland, ousts incumbent PM Alexander Stubb

Finland’s opposition Centre Party has won the General Election 2015 by defeating the left-right coalition National Coalition party of incumbent Prime Minister Alexander Stubb.

With this win, Centre Party’s leader Juha Sipila, an IT millionaire and newcomer to country’s politics, is set to become Finland’s next prime minister.

In this election, Juha Sipila’s Centre Party has won 42 seats in the 200 seats of Parliament and Finns Party (formerly known as True Finns) was runner-up by winning 38 seats in parliament. While the ruling Coalition Party has won 37 seats and the Social Democratic Party got 34 seats.

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In this election the Centre Party’s campaign was dominated by economic woes and had advocated wage freeze and spending cuts to regain Finland’s competitiveness. This may help to get an economic revamp that could rescue Finland which is facing economic slowdown in the past four-year.

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Russia, Pakistan to hold first-ever joint military exercises

Russia and Pakistan have agreed to hold first-ever joint military exercises as part of their enhanced defence cooperation.

In this regard, an agreement was reached between both nations during a meeting between Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif in Moscow.

As per the agreement, both nations will strive for

  • Enhancing cooperation in defence industry and military training.
  • Promoting joint participation in military exercises.
  • Increasing military cooperation in training and import of arms and equipment.
  • Resolving conflicts through diplomatic means rather than using of force.

Apart from above, both nations also have reached a consensus that a multi-polar world would ensure peace and balance in international relations.

In 2014, both nations had signed a military cooperation agreement to deepen their defence ties. They also had vowed to translate their relationship in tangible terms.

The military agreement was signed during the first-ever visit of a Russian defence minister in 45 years to Pakistan in November 2014.

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