March 17, 2014
by Addison Morris
El Salvador's Supreme Electoral Tribunal on Sunday confirmed the presidential victory of former Marxist rebel Salvador Sanchez Ceren, denying conservative candidate Norman Quijano's call for annulment. Sanchez Ceren received a narrow 50.11 percent of the votes in the run-off election, making him ...[read more]
May 7, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday postponed the trial of Kenyan Vice President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang. The trial was previously postponed and was scheduled to begin May 28. A new trial date will be set after the status conference on May 14. The prosecution is ...[read more]
April 30, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the oath of office and became the first US president inaugurated under the Constitution. While Article II required that President Washington take an oath before entering office, the rest of the inauguration ceremony was not conducted under any ...[read more]
March 8, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday postponed commencement of the trial of Kenyan vice-presidential contender William Ruto to ensure trial preparedness. In mid-February, defense counsel for Ruto asserted that the prosecution had failed to disclose a "significant volume" of materials ...[read more]
January 16, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On January 16, 2007, jury selection began in the trialof former vice-presidential aideLewis "Scooter" Libby. He was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with Fitzgerald's investigation into the leak of former CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. USDistrict Judge Reg... ...[read more]
August 23, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The National Election Commission (NEC) of Liberia distributed defective paper ballots for Liberia's constitutional referendum Tuesday. Liberians were slated to vote today on four constitutional amendments, including a provision to change the election date to avoid the rainy season, as well as a ...[read more]
December 4, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 4, 2008, the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the US and Iraqi governments was approved by the Iraqi presidency council. The agreement set a 2011 deadline for the withdraw of US troops. The council also approved an additional law calling for a national referendum on the pact ...[read more]
August 2, 2010
by Megan McKee
Zanzibar election officials announced Sunday that voters have approved a constitutional amendment creating a coalition government. The amendment, approved by 66.4 percent of voters, will create two vice-presidential seats in the hopes of reliving political tensions between Zanzibar's rival ...[read more]
June 15, 2010
by Andrew Morgan
On June 15, 1804 the Twelfth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, creating separate votes in the electoral college for President and Vice-President. In prior elections, the country experienced problems when the original system in Article II, Section 1, Clause 3 of the Constitution, ...[read more]
February 6, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On February 6, 1933, the 20th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified by the requisite majority of states, moving the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January in an effort to shorten the problematic "lame duck" period.Learn more about the 20th ...[read more]

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