GHANA: An election under siege
ROMANIA: Center-left regime victorious
The center-left government won a clear victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, according to exit polls. The result could inflame a personal rivalry between the nation's top two officials and bring yet more political upheaval. The prime minister's governing alliance had about 57 percent of seats in the 452-seat legislature, according to a poll published after elections. Second was a center-right group, allied to President Traian Basescu, which polled more than 18 percent. A populist party headed by a media tycoon won about 13 percent. Basescu and Victor Ponta are bitter rivals after the government tried to remove Basescu in an impeachment vote in July.
VENEZUELA: Chávez facing more surgery
Hugo Chávez was heading back to Cuba on Sunday for a third cancer surgery after naming his vice president as his choice to lead the country if the illness cuts short his presidency. Chávez's announcement on Saturday night unleashed new uncertainty about the country's future, and his supporters poured into city plazas across the nation to pray for his recovery. Chávez acknowledged the seriousness of his health situation in a televised address, saying for the first time that if he suffers complications Vice President Nicolas Maduro should be elected to continue his socialist movement.