Opposition figures in Iran are calling for a boycott of the upcoming election. Many are in dire economic straits. Some who spoke to DW expressed resignation or skepticism about what could change.
Mali's parliamentary election has exposed voters to unnecessary risks. And the EU's recently announced deployment to put more boots on the ground will not solve the country's security crisis, DW's Dirke Köpp writes.
After the kidnapping of the main opposition leader and the nation’s first COVID-19 death, many thought Mali’s long-awaited elections might be delayed again. But the war-torn West African country has begun to vote.
The polls went ahead despite the unfolding COVID-19 crisis and the kidnapping of opposition leader Soumalia Cisse. A climate of fear and uncertainty meant many would-be voters chose to stay home.
With coronavirus cases on the rise, the government has declared a medical emergency in the country. But people will still head to the polls on Sunday to vote for a new parliament.
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