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A Bangladeshi auto driver waits for passengers during an ongoing strike called by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. On Monday, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Awami League party won one of the most violent elections in the country's history, marred by street fighting, low turnout and a boycott by the opposition that made the results a foregone conclusion. The political gridlock plunges Bangladesh deeper into turmoil and economic stagnation, and could lead to more violence in a deeply impoverished country of 160 million.

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An auto-rickshaw driver waits for passengers during a strike called by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday. 

Indian Bru tribal women in their traditional dress on their way to cast their votes at the Naisingpara Bru refugee relief camp in Tripura state, about 750km away from Guwahati city, India, 19 November 2013.The Bru voters - who live in relief camps following ethnic conflicts  in North Tripura - are voting in  the Mizoram State Assembly elections. There are Assembly elections in five states across the country, including Mizoram.

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Indian Bru tribal women in traditional dress on their way to vote at the Naisingpara Bru refugee relief camp in Tripura state, about 750km from Guwahati city, India. The Bru voters – who are living in relief camps after ethnic conflicts in North Tripura – are voting in the Mizoram State Assembly elections.

Madagascar goes to the polls for the first time since coup...epa03923758 A voter smiles while waiting to cast his ballot in the Presidential Election at a polling station in the capital Antananarivo, Madagascar, 25 October 2013. The much anticipated election, which has been years in the making, will see 33 candidates vying for head of state, after radio DJ-turned-strongman Andry Rajoelina and the leader he ousted, Marc Ravalomanana, were barred from the race. Citizens of Madagascar are to vote in the first presidential election since a military-backed coup in 2009 plunged the nation into chaos and led to donors cutting aid to the impoverished Indian Ocean island.  EPA/KABIR DHANJI

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A voter waits to cast his ballot in the presidential election in the Madagascar capital Antananarivo, the first such poll since a military-backed coup in 2009 

An election poster with a picture of Guido Westerwelle (FDP) is taken down in Neukirchen-Vlyun, Germany, 23 September 2013. The FDP, for the first time since the existence of the Federal Republic of Germany, has failed to win seats in the federal parliament.

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An election poster with a picture of Guido Westerwelle of the FDP is taken down in Neukirchen-Vlyun, Germany. The FDP, for the first time since the existence of the Federal Republic of Germany, has failed to win seats in the federal parliament.

Supporters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) hold placards with the nickname of German Chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel at an election campaign event of the CDU  in Fulda, Germany, on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Merkel, the leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party and top candidate of her party will be challenged by Social Democratic Party (SPD) top candidate Peer Steinbrueck at Germany's general elections on Sept. 22, 2013

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Supporters of Angela Merkel show their support for the German chancellor at an election campaign event for the Christian Democratic Union in Fulda, Germany, on Thursday 

Buddhist monks who are supporters of the CNRP react as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian PM Hun Sen in Phnom Penh...Buddhist monks who are supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), react during a protest as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh September 16, 2013. Hun Sen met opposition leader Sam Rainsy for talks and officials said they had agreed to look at how future general elections are held but the long-serving premier refused to give in to demands for an independent inquiry into the July 28 poll. The protest was staged a day after police used force to scatter protesters challenging a disputed election win by Hun Sen, sparking clashes in which one man was shot dead.

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Buddhist monks who are supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), react during a protest as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. Hun Sen met opposition leader Sam Rainsy for talks and officials said they had agreed to look at how future general elections are held but the long-serving premier refused to give in to demands for an independent inquiry into the July 28 poll. The protest was staged a day after police used force to scatter protesters challenging a disputed election win by Hun Sen, sparking clashes in which one man was shot dead.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of the Christian Democratic Union party CDU stands in front of her election campaign tour bus before a CDU board meeting in Berlin

A big election campaign placard featuring Social Democratic Party's (SPD) main candidate German Peer Steinbrueck is pictured with a small poster reading "who wants that nothing changes, votes: CDU (German Christian Democratic Union), CSU (Christian Social Union), FDP (Free Democratic Party), SPD (Social Democratic Party) and Gruene (Green Party)" For all others: MLPD" in Essen, western Germany on August 29, 2013. Germans go to the polls in parliamentary elections on September 22, 2013.

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In Germany, a big election campaign placard featuring Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) main candidate Peer Steinbrueck is pictured with a small poster reading “those who want nothing to change, vote for CDU (German Christian Democratic Union), CSU (Christian Social Union), FDP (Free Democratic Party), SPD (Social Democratic Party) and Gruene (Green Party) – For the others vote MLPD” in Essen, western Germany. Germans go to the polls in parliamentary elections on September 22

ered voters. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)A girl walks past campaign posters on the windows of a mud brick house in Gao, Mali Thursday, July 25, 2013. Mali's presidential election is going ahead on Sunday despite massive logistical and technical lapses, including a voter roll which inexplicably does not contain the names of tens of thousands of regist

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A girl walks past campaign posters on the windows of a mud brick house in Gao, Mali, on Thursday. Mali’s presidential election is going ahead on Sunday despite logistical and technical lapses, including a voter roll that does not contain the names of tens of thousands of registered voters. 

Voters pick candidates and a party before casting their ballots in Japan's upper house parliamentary elections as a baby cries at a polling station in Tokyo, Sunday, July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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Voters cast their ballots in Japan’s upper house parliamentary elections as a baby cries at a polling station in Tokyo on Sunday