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Zimbabwe ex-military chief named ruling party VP

Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday named the former army chief who led a coup that ended Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule, as one of his two deputies in the ruling party, his office said. Retired general Constantino Chiwenga was appointed "with immediate effect" as one of Mnangagwa's deputies in the ZANU-PF party, the presidential press secretary said in a statement, along with long-serving state security minister Kembo Mohadi. 61-year-old Chiwenga, who stepped down from his military position this…

Modi declares victory for ruling party in state elections

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared victory Monday (Dec 18) in two state elections, including a closely-fought race in his stronghold of Gujarat where the charismatic leader fronted the campaign. Modi thanked voters in Gujarat, his home state in India's west, and the northern Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh, for backing the ruling Hindu national party in the local polls. Read More: Modi alleges Pakistan meddling in Gujarat elections, Foreign Office rebuffs claim "I bow to the people of Gujarat…

PML-N minister asks Shehbaz to take over reins of ruling party

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Pirzada on Thursday asked Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif to take over the reins of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), ARY News reported. Senior leader of PML-N Riaz Hussain Pirzada also urged ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to step down as the party president as he was standing a court trial over corruption charges. "It is crucial that we list right thing as right, if the ruling party wants to stay intact," he said talking to media in…

Erdogan to return as ruling party chief after vote victory

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to return as chairman of Turkey's ruling party on Sunday in a special congress, swiftly exploiting a key change agreed in the controversial April referendum on expanding his powers. Erdogan rejoined the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on May 2 after the public approved changes to create an executive presidency on April 16. Under the old constitution, the head of state had to sever ties with their political party and Erdogan left as AKP chairman in August 2014…