The long-ruling Democratic Party of Socialists is bidding to stay in power for another four years, and is being challenged by a pro-Serb group advocating stronger ties with Serbia and Russia.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo declares victory in her reelection bid as municipal elections postponed by the coronavirus crisis have seen a strong breakthrough from the Greens across the country.
The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has passed 155,000, driven by a spike in infections in Italy, which announced 3,497 new cases on Saturday. The virus has so far claimed almost 6,000 lives across 154 countries and territories.
When assuming the interim presidency on November 12, Jeanine Anez had said she had no intention of standing for the full-time job. But that changed last week when she announced her candidacy for the country's the May 3 presidential election.
Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez bags 167 votes in 350-seat assembly compared to 165 against, with a decisive 18 abstentions by Catalan and Basque separatist lawmakers.
Interim centre-left prime minister lost a majority vote on Sunday but now simply needs to get more yes votes than no to secure his preferred government.
“No one can file a lawsuit for unproven facts, no one can be sued for acts they have not committed,” Karen Longaric told journalists in La Paz.
The centre-left Socialist Party is set to get between 36-40 percent of the vote, short of majority in the parliament.
Talks between Pedro Sanchez's Socialists and Podemos have proved difficult and tensions between the two parties have reached a new high, with both camps suggesting talks were all but dead amid mutual reproach.
The center-right Democratic Party-led opposition supporters gathered at the main government building accusing center-left Socialist Party Prime Minister Edi Rama of corruption and links to organised crime.
Pedro Sanchez became the head of a minority government just over eight months ago, and his draft budget was rejected in parliament in protest of separatist leaders being put on trial for their role in a 2017 attempt to break Catalonia from Spain.
The resource-rich Latin American country is at the centre of a political upheaval in which two governments are now recognised internationally. Will foreign intervention decide the fate of Venezuela?
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