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Duterte Poised to Improve His Position in Midterm Elections as Popularity Soars

Rodrigo Duterte, the perpetually controversial president of the Philippines, appears on track to increase his legislative influence in the midterm elections. Duterte’s critics hoped the election would be a negative referendum on his administration halfway through his six-year term, but his approval ratings are approaching all-time highs and candidates aligned with him are doing well in the polls.

The Associated Press

India’s Election Commission Bans Modi Biopic During Election

The Election Commission of India issued a ruling on Wednesday banning a biography film about incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the duration of the election, which begins on Thursday and will last through May 19. A complaint was filed alleging the film was intended to “manipulate, influence, and impress viewers and voters.”

India bans Modi film until after mega-election

Final Polls: Gantz Leading but Right-Wing Bloc Stronger

The final batch of polls conducted before Tuesday’s elections showed the centrist Blue and White widening its lead over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, even as the surveys unanimously indicated that the incumbent prime minister was best positioned to form the next government.

This combination of pictures created on April 02, 2019 shows (L) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to journalists in Jerusalem on February 3, 2019 and former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz delivering his first electoral speech in Tel Aviv on January 29, 2019

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy Wins First Round in Ukraine, Faces Poroshenko in Runoff

As virtually every poll indicated going into Sunday’s presidential election in Ukraine, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy – whose political resume consists solely of playing the unlikely president in a satirical TV show – won the first round by a wide margin, but not wide enough to avoid a runoff against incumbent Petro Poroshenko.

The Associated Press

Erdogan Sees Win in Local Votes, but Loses Mayoralty of Turkey’s Capital

ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in municipal elections but the opposition’s success in key cities dealt a significant blow to his party’s dominance. The ruling party lost the capital, Ankara, and the race for Istanbul mayor was still too close to call early Monday.

Erdogan says Turkey maintains 'low-level' contact with Syria

Mayoral Races Test Turkey’s Erdogan Amid Economic Downturn

ISTANBUL — Mayoral elections are underway in 30 large cities in Turkey along with other municipal races Sunday that are seen as a barometer of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s popularity amid a sharp economic downturn in the nation straddling Europe and Asia.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, at a rally in Istanbul, late Tuesday, March 19, 2019, ahead of local elections scheduled for March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Protesters Continue Demanding Algerian President Bouteflika Resign

The political situation in Algeria remained at a stalemate on Tuesday, as thousands of protesters once again packed the streets and called for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign. A new activist group asked the military to stay out of the fight and “play its constitutional role without interfering in the people’s choice.”

The Associated Press

Bouteflika ‘Drops Out’ of Algerian Presidential Race, Then Cancels the Election

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced on Monday that he will not run for another term after 20 years in power, satisfying the demand of thousands of protesters filling the streets for the past few weeks. Unfortunately, he also canceled the election entirely and gave no indication he is prepared to step down, so the protests continued.

Algeria's Bouteflika drops bid for fifth term after protests

Guaidó Envoy: Nicolás Maduro Can Run in Free Venezuelan Elections

Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaidó’s envoy to Rome, Francisco Sucre, said in an interview this week that when the nation’s opposition organizes a free and fair election, dictator Nicolás Maduro will have the option of putting his name on the ballot.

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on January 24, 2019 shows (L) Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido waving to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro in which he declared himself the country's "acting president", on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew military …

China Denies Interfering with Taiwan’s Election

China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday denied what it called “vague accusations” of Chinese interference in this weekend’s Taiwanese elections. The election will be closely watched as a measure of President Tsai Ing-wen’s political strength and Taiwan’s ability to resist intense pressure from mainland China.

The Associated Press

Pro-DACA Amnesty, Anti-Enforcement Candidates Rejected by U.S. Voters

A slew of pro-amnesty for illegal aliens, anti-immigration enforcement candidates were rejected by American voters in the midterm elections on Tuesday night, including major political players like Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL).

Dreamers and advocates attend a rally in support of a Clean Dream Act in Los Angeles, California on March 5, 2018, the deadline for DACA recipients from the Trump administration that went into motion six months ago. / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. …