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Ivory Coast Votes for Parliament, President Seeks Majority

first_imgIvory Coast residents voted yesterday in a parliamentary election that the President hopes will maintain his strong majority despite challenges from the opposition.Voting for the more than 1,300 candidates for 255 seats was slow Sunday, while security was high.President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling coalition promises growth, hoping to seal its majority. The opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), however, is participating in the vote in hopes of a more diversified parliament despite boycotting politics since 2011 after fighting saw its founder, ex-President LaurentGbagbo, and others jailed. The party is putting up more than 180 candidates.Violence after the 2010 elections killed more than 3,000 people when Gbagbo refused to accept defeat to Ouattara.Gbagbo’s fringe opposition is boycotting elections. Gbagbo remains on trial at The Hague.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Newly Named NPRs Chief News Executive Says Her Experience in Texas Will

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Houston Chronicle executive editor Nancy Barnes has been named NPR’s senior vice president for news and editorial director and says her experience in Texas has prepared her well for the position.In an interview with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen, Barnes said Texas plays a role in America’s major news themes, from abortion rights to states’ rights, as well as immigration and business regulations.“Texas is really, you know, at the forefront of all of those,” Barnes said, “and, so, I think my experience in dealing with these national story lines will really hold me in good stead.”Courtesy of the Houston ChronicleNancy Barnes, executive editor at the Houston Chronicle, was named as NPR’s senior vice president for news and editorial director.Barnes added she will strive to help NPR to keep developing its investigative journalism while continuing its public service mission.She underlined journalistic platforms are merging by combining broadcast, print and digital reporting. Barnes noted NPR is also committed to that merging trending and said her experience with multimedia journalism will be very useful.Barnes is filling a vacancy that was triggered by the firing of Michael Oreskes, NPR’s former news head, over allegations of sexual harassment. 00:00 /05:34 Sharelast_img read more