Violence Mars Philippine Vote

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2007 6:21 AM CDT
Violence Mars Philippine Vote
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(Newser) – Violence, feuds and corruption charges have marred midterm elections in the Philippines. Three people were killed on election day yesterday, bringing the death toll  for the three-month campaign to 110, the BBC reports. Opponents of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo are trying to win enough seats in parliament to impeach her over allegations of electoral fraud dating back to 2004.

Observers say the opposition is likely to gain ground—but not enough to sustain an impeachment. It will be weeks before the results are known. Arroyo has already survived two such efforts and several attempted coups, the BBC notes. (Read more violence stories.)

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