Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says he has no plans to resign, despite leading his ruling coalition to the worst election disappointment in its history. The prime minister's spokesman said today (Sunday) that Mr. Abdullah is receiving support from coalition leaders and is planning to be sworn in Monday. Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters today that Mr. Abdullah had destroyed the National Front Coalition. Mr. Mahathir called the election results "shocking."
Voters in Spain are voting today (Sunday) in a general election expected to favor the ruling Socialist party. Opinion polls taken before campaigning ended put Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero ahead of his conservative challenger, Mariano Rajoy. The campaign focused mainly on rising immigration rates and Spain's slowing economy. Analysts are not certain whether last week's shooting death of a Socialist political figure will affect the outcome of the vote.
US POLITICS: U.S. presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama has won the Democratic Party's nominating contest in the western state of Wyoming, beating his rival, Senator Hillary Clinton. Obama won 61 percent of the votes cast in Wyoming's political caucus. The voting results indicate Obama will win at least seven of the 12 delegates Wyoming will send to the Democratic Party's convention later this year.
Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej says he will not interfere in the upcoming corruption trial against his ousted predecessor, Thaksin Shinawatra. In his weekly address to the nation today (Sunday), Mr. Samak said his government would not dare intervene with the justice system. He said Mr. Thaksin will appear in court on March 12th and fight the charges himself.
UN-BURMA: Burma's military government has rejected a U.N. proposal to allow independent observers at its constitutional referendum planned for May. U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari had proposed the idea of election observers during his meetings with government and opposition leaders this week. Gambari met today (Saturday) with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and senior leaders of her National League for Democracy party.
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