Protests accompany voting
Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters protested outside vote counting stations, scuffling with police and denouncing what they called widespread fraud in Egypt's parliament elections on Sunday, as the government appeared determined to ensure its monopoly on the legislature in uncertain political times. The protests in Cairo and in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria capped a day of voting in which many independent monitors were barred from polling stations amid reports of ballot box stuffing and vote buying.
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast
Last step toward unity
A government official reported two deaths only hours after polls closed in a contentious presidential election on Sunday. Interior Ministry official Auguste Zoguehi also listed a dozen minor clashes between supporters of sitting President Laurent Gbagbo and his opponent, Alassane Ouattara. In spite of the violence, in the major cities, millions of people voted in the long-overdue election, which was supposed to be the final step toward reuniting the country eight years after a civil war divided it in two.
Attempt to break deadlock
Voters in Europe's poorest nation tried Sunday to break a political deadlock that has kept it without a functioning government for more than a year. A pro-European alliance of four parties won the most seats in Moldova's 101-seat parliament last year but fell short of the 61 votes necessary to elect a president. The Communist Party has succeeded in blocking the election of a pro-Western president.
Opponent of base wins
Voters on the southern islands of Okinawa on Sunday re-elected Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima, 71, who campaigned for the removal of an American Marine base, throwing a wrench into a deal between Japan and the United States.