After five years in office, France’s Socialist Party has alienated voters. Many grassroots members are disappointed in the party’s elite. One group has even set up a parallel primary.
Soumaila Cisse has vowed to reject the results of the presidential runoff vote, calling on supporters "to rise up." Turnout for the election was poor as hundreds of polling stations were closed over insecurity.
Electoral authorities have to determine if the embattled ex-president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva's controversial candidacy is legal, given his criminal conviction. Lula is the current frontrunner in the October elections.
Despite being imprisoned on corruption charges Lula is widely popular in Brazil, where he was president for eight years. Lula, who was nominated by the left-wing Workers' Party, remains Brazil's most popular candidate.
The lawyer and chairman of the International Anti-Corruption Conference council says it is time for a change of government and that there must be a zero tolerance policy towards corruption.
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