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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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France: Voters cast ballots with economy in mind

Sunday - Apr 22, 2012, 01:10pm (GMT+5.5)
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France: Voters cast ballots with economy in mindParis - Voting began on Sunday in France in President Nicolas Sarkozy's uncertain bid for re-election, with polls showing that many French are dissatisfied with his response to concerns about the economy and jobs.

The voting will winnow down a list of 10 candidates from across the political spectrum to two finalists for the decisive runoff on May 06, which will set a course for the next five years in this pillar of the European Union.

Polls for months have showed that the conservative Sarkozy — who has been relatively unpopular for months, if not years — and Francois Hollande, a Socialist, are likely to make the cut.
 
Sarkozy, defending his record on the campaign trail, has repeatedly pointed to a tough economic climate and debt troubles across Europe — not just in France.

But with turnout a looming question, surprises could await among candidates including far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, Communist-backed firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon or centrist Francois Bayrou.

While they are not expected to win, a strong performance by one or all of them could cast a shadow over the second round vote. Polls show the five other candidates are expected to receive low single-digit percentages.
 
The Interior Ministry was expected to release its first estimates of turnout around midday.

Balloting got under way on Saturday in France's embassies and overseas holdings. Polls have shown that concerns about jobs — with the unemployment rate hovering near a 10-year high — and the economy are top issues.

The campaign has often centred on hot-button issues such as immigration, Islam in France, and calls for taxes on the rich — which experts suggest will in fact have little effect on France's high state budget deficit.

The Presidential Election will determine the make-up of the next government and will finish just a month before elections for the National Assembly that is currently controlled by Sarkozy's conservatives.

 





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