Democratic Party


Standing shoulder to shoulder

Staff Reporter

It was, for a Democratic Party anxious to project an image of a happy family before the presidential election, an irresistible conjunction of symbols.

'May Comrades soon be dead and buried!'

Staff Reporter

The death of two Comrades Marathon runners last year could be a message from God that he was displeased with running the race on a Sunday, a Christian runner has suggested. Hansie Louw said in a statement at the weekend that he was asking all Christians to withdraw from the race.

Clinton defiant in face of loss

Ellen Wulfhorst

Hillary Clinton refused to surrender to Barack Obama in the Democratic race for the United States presidency on Tuesday or to acknowledge she had reached the end of the road in her bid for the White House. Rather than concede the loss to Obama, the New York senator told a cheering crowd she would consult supporters and party leaders to decide the future of her campaign.

Clinton has run campaign as Bush runs the country

Gary Younge

We all saw it. Indeed, that was the whole point. In the United States, the networks stopped regular programming so we had little choice. The White House wanted to make sure we caught the full dramatic impact of the US president landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln in a navy jet.

Running mate sought as Obama shifts gear

Staff Reporter

Democratic party officials disclosed on Thursday that Barack Obama has sanctioned a hunt for a vice-presidential candidate, a further sign that he regards the battle with Hillary Clinton as being over. Time magazine, in a report in its next issue, quotes a friend of Bill Clinton saying he wants his wife to be the vice-presidential candidate.

Obama focuses on McCain during Florida stop

Jeff Mason

Barack Obama sounded like the Democratic presidential nominee on a visit to the November election battleground of Florida on Wednesday, praising rival Hillary Clinton and targeting Republican foe John McCain. Clinton also visited Florida, where she pressed ahead with her uphill Democratic race.

Republicans fear Obama victory after polls shock

Paul Harris

A Democratic win in the solidly conservative Mississippi capped a week in which Senator Barack Obama finally turned his eyes to the coming November election and his opponent, John McCain. Now many Democrats believe the signs are good that the tide of American public opinion is firmly swinging their way.

Bush appeasement slur angers Democrats

Staff Reporter

United States President George Bush used a visit to Israel on Thursday to denounce Democratic party offers to negotiate with America's enemies in the Middle East as comparable to appeasement of Hitler. Although Bush did not name any Democratic politician, the party's presidential contender Barack Obama has offered to open negotiations with the Iranian leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

One dead in Macedonia election violence

Kole Casule

Macedonia's parliamentary election descended into chaos on Sunday after one person was killed and nine wounded in shootings in ethnic Albanian areas, with voting halted in one town after a gun battle. The poll is seen as a test of the nation's political maturity after campaign violence raised fears that slow progress toward European Union membership could be further delayed.

Three wounded in Macedonia election-day shooting

Staff Reporter

At least three people were wounded in a shooting in an ethnic Albanian area of the Macedonian capital, Skopje, during the country's parliamentary election on Sunday, police and party officials said. "We were attacked," said Izet Mexhiti, a senior official of the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration party.

Call for Hlophe to step down

Staff Reporter

Cape Judge President John Hlophe should step down from his post until the latest complaint against him has been resolved, according to the Cape Bar Council. "It would be untenable for Judge Hlophe to continue in office pending the determination of the complaint by the Judicial Services Commission," the council said on Tuesday.

Gauteng says attacks on the wane

Staff Reporter

The xenophobic attacks in Gauteng appeared to have subsided, a provincial spokesperson said on Wednesday. However, KwaZulu-Natal police are monitoring a possible outbreak of attacks there. "There are no new reports of attacks," said Thabo Masebe, deputy director of communications for the provincial government.

Political parties suggest Hlophe should step down

Staff Reporter

Cape Town Judge President John Hlophe must step down, political parties said on Sunday. Hlophe is accused of attempting to influence the Constitutional Court's decision over search-and-seizure raids carried out by the Scorpions on properties of Jacob Zuma and French arms manufacturing giant Thint.

Court ruling on Scorpions expected next week

Louis Oelofse

Johannesburg businessman Hugh Glenister will likely hear next week whether his court bid to stop the government from disbanding the Scorpions has succeeded. The Pretoria High Court on Wednesday reserved judgement in his case, with Judge Willie van der Merwe indicating it was likely he would deliver judgement sometime next week.

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