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this is d.w. news live from berlin national elections in two countries wait democracy houses struggle to take root in the democratic republic of congo a presidential election that could herald the country's first peaceful transfer of power but it hasn't been easy officials have started counting votes in some areas while in others the barges are still waiting to mark their ballot. and in bangladesh prime minister shake you see you know wins a third term in office says her ruling awami league sweeps to
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a landslide victory in column entry elections but the opposition accuses it team intimidation and vote tampering and wants a new election. night. plus a rough thing for democracy in thailand as we look back at one of our favorite date of news stories of the past year. i'm rebecca riches thanks for joining us we start in the democratic republic of congo where voters cast their ballots for a new president with strongman joseph come below stepping down the d.l.c. could soon have its first peaceful transition of power but the election it was plagued with problems facing voter lists and ballots and broken machines hours after polling stations were supposed to close many remained open with long. in
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lines of people waiting their turn to vote in other areas officials were already counting votes reports say four people were killed in election violence at one polling station in the country's aist some twenty one candidates are running for the presidency. they waited for two years to cost their vote what difference will a few more hours in the pouring rain make. after eighteen years of the same man in charge of voters in kinshasa waited eagerly for that chance to select a new president. they have a choice between three main candidates two from the opposition and a former interior minister favored by outgoing president joseph kabila. the election means to me the future of commune so i have voted for the candidates we will bring for us a bright future. is a promise to truth to fight the probity and to bring back to justice in the country
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illegally the city going so i feel liberated and happy we completed my civic duty and have just voted in a historic election for nor will be or what it used to is. historic indeed the democratic republic of congo has never experienced a peaceful transition of power since gaining independence from belgium in one nine hundred sixty many a hoping that today will be the day including presidential contender martine fi you live. there it's done it's the end for joseph kabila. but there are problems with the vote a lot of them. there are reports that many polling stations never even opened prompting frustration among voters. and the opposition is concerned that voting machines have been manipulated to help could be used as preferred successor when.
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two cities have been barred from voting at all. residents in the opposition strongholds of beni and pretend though will not be able to cast their vote for d.r. congo's new leader this time around and officials cited in a bona fide break as the reason. in beni frustrated voters staged their own mock ballot in protest but it will likely only be the next election that their voice is really heard. good. when you bashing is in kinshasa and is following the elections for us when the some parts of the country weren't able to vote for a new president why is that. our fans by them their country being agreeable and the world and allow them to work for security reason and health reasons for example in their new single day for that very evil and good but so they weren't able to work hard. all know the facts of this country's year informed or. even fall
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on by people of your position is that the matter for you the people invent the symbol while saying that they have the right to cause they revolt so much that for you it will maybe it is maybe also one of the reasons but they all agree that the ball and security work in the main the main reason and probably knowing people in. their own villages who did two shows is only that they were able to go through what you did on the program of that. and you've been speaking with voters at the polling stations what to they want from the next president. most of them one someone who will bring change to social navel they want to have a better life access to two studies as good as life and to have a job most of them were standing outside of the polling station that they are very
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tired of this kind of life they want someone we change and also like with this also shows of their life you can judge and also your entire country does the opposition stand a chance against can be as proud to say i turn a we don't know exactly they have a chance i think the wise would be maybe to wait for the oficial result we should be given critical condition iran to fix them down or a but for the moment wait and see word how the election we go and what should be to be done and when can we expect those results the results the oficial results are expected for for the sake of generally but some of the people say maybe two more all that they asked that we can have an official. but.
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he should moment he speaks of generally. that is when the bahai reporting from kinshasa thank you. and now it's to bangladesh and the other election where following the party of bangladeshi prime minister shake his saina has officially been declared the winner of parliamentary elections but the opposition is calling foul dozens of opposition candidates pulled out of their races amid allegations of vote tampering and intimidation and the leader of the opposition alliance has rejected the result violence has also the voting. to big day is over after a ballot dogged by allegations of vote rigging and intimidation. the leader of the opposition alliance come out hussein has already called the election farcical. though did most of the things you did you did. not need a new current good that they're going to do do do do do not part of the new kind of
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government. for just because it was good and that is good. there were reports of voters having to cast their ballot openly in front of the ruling party officials but the head of the election commission dismissed those as stray incidents the governing awami league was the clear favorite to win after collated c.-a the leader of the main opposition party the nationalist b.n.p. was imprisoned and barred from running critics say awami league leader and current prime minister sheikh hasina has become increasingly authoritarian but she enjoys support from those who say she's welcomed refugees and boosted the economy by. only has seen it has the proper right to form a government and bangladesh has seen its government gave benefits to the poor and elderly also they have made access to school and college easier for discounting tuition so my children are also being educated she has given us many facilities
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they're building lots of roads and bridges hasina only has seen one. seen as victory comes on an old. day marred by violence despite heavy security it's been nearly fifty years since bangladesh gained independence but the country still isn't free from political turmoil. now to some of the other stories making news around the world iraq's prime minister has hinted at a bigger role fighting so-called islamic state militants in syria after u.s. troops troops withdraw. they said security officials met with syrian president bashar assad and damascus on sunday asked that authorized iraqi forces to attack syria without waiting for permission. afghanistan's independent election commission has postponed the country's presidential vote from april to july a spokesman said the decision was made to help ensure security and allow more time
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to fix technical glitches discovered during october's parliamentary elections. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says it's only a matter of time before brazil moves its embassy to jerusalem during a visit to rio de janeiro netanyahu said brazil's president elect jaya both n.r.o. assured him of the moves were also narrow is set to take office on tuesday. well as the here comes to an end when looking back on some of our favorite stories of twenty eighteen our correspondents brought us a range of reports featuring personal struggles political crises and violent conflicts from around the world but there were also stories that made us think a little differently like these young people in thailand rapping for democracy under military dictatorship. on the cell phones. in the streets in the car.
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with a piece of a rap song reverberating throughout thailand. but. said to. me or in english what my country has criticised this thailand's military government and the lack of freedom. we need to go but did you meet god. couldn't keep them in their country under a military dictatorship that has struck a chord especially among young tards the song got more than twenty million pricks on you tube in just a week and nothing about it sort of a voice to teenagers or young adults you can think that contact. we can only talk amongst ourselves but we have no liberty or rights to speak out freely if you do. speak your mind it will only be bad for yourself. and you can't change anything anyway it will be a. hell of
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a guy. not daring to speak out something the group rappers against dictatorship wanted to change that's why they wrote a tip to me. we think that anyone can use the phrase what my country has gone the title of the song to speak out about whatever's on their mind what they think is the matter with our country and we hope that people will start being more critical when it comes to politics. i was. speaking out against the powerful has never been without risk in thailand but since the latest military coup four years ago it's become even more dangerous. also for rappers against dictatorship the police had first declared they were investigating the group for a possible violation of the so-called computer crime at the could get them five years in prison but the announcement got a song that was five million clicks into things the authorities have since backed
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down. the lyrics don't contain anything that insults anyone personally that's why i never thought the song would draw attention from the authorities but when the police started talking about it that's really when it became so popular. on the outside thailand looks like a peaceful country. but there are deep divisions. time and again the country has been on the brink of civil war. for now the military government is keeping a lid on things but below the surface it's starting to heat up again. there haven't been elections in more than four years. they're scheduled for february but maybe worth it society doesn't change. people should develop a critical mindset in their everyday lives. i think if that were the case there
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would actually be less conflict within society complex happens when people don't accept that others have a different opinion. if we could get them to reach a compromise and sort of fighting with those who don't share our opinion on. that would be an important step towards a better future. i love my. insult to the mill name. becoming a mum but there are people who make love. to. make it up to be made to look like they're not myself but it. looks like. and a reminder of the top story we're following for you noises in the democratic republic of congo and choosing a new president. joseph kabila is stepping down after
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a tame news many polling stations remain open with long lines of bush is waiting to cost their ballots. you're watching data news live from berlin and reminder you can find all the latest news and information around the clock on our website at www dot com. thanks for watching. i'm not laughing at the germans because they are but mostly i'm laughing with the german think deep into the german culture i. think that is grandma because it's all about who am i i'm rachel join me for me to get down to the polls. we may come over we want tells us is. that you we are the civil service or.

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