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Cory Aquino, the first woman president in Asia and symbol of democracy, dies
Together with Card. Sin she led the " rosary revolution" which peacefully ended the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. Gloria Arroyo declares 10 days national mourning.
More than 150,000 people bid farewell to Cory Aquino
Under pouring rain a huge crowd followed the funeral cortege that brought the former president of the Philippines from Manila Cathedral to Memorial Park, for burial next to her husband. Mgr Villegas, who celebrated the service, noted her strong faith, which brought light to the country at its darkest hour.
03/08/2009 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN
Philippines, the condolences of Benedict XVI for the death of Cory Aquino
The pope expresses "profound sadness" for the death of former president, of whom he stresses a "profound and unshakable faith." The funeral on August 5, the burial, in private, at the Manila Memorial Park, next to her husband. For Filipino Catholics she was an example of faith and "icon" in the fight for democracy.
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Filipino elections: candidates ponder unity to stop “new dictator”
At 33 per cent, Rodrigo Duterte is leading the pack. The controversial leader has pursued a tough-on-crime campaign. Outgoing President Aquino calls on other candidates to unite to get a majority, or else risk going back to “Marcos-style martial law”.
Elections: Aquino set to become the next president of the Philippines
Election Commission has already counted 78 per cent of ballots. The leading candidate is the son of the late president Cory Aquino. He is ahead with 43 per cent of the vote, followed by former President Estrada with 25 per cent. Turnout tops 85 per cent, this despite controversy over malfunctioning electronic voting machines.
Kazakhstan set to choose a president on 4 December
Despite "residue" from the one-time Soviet dictatorship, Kazakhstan is a model of democracy and freedom of worship for Central Asia.
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