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Italian lawmakers rejected a bid on Monday to set minimum quotas for women in parliament under a new electoral law but are expected to pass the package as a whole, advancing Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's quest for wider economic reforms. Reforming the system blamed for leaving Italy with a deadlocked parliament has been a top priority for Renzi since he took over leadership of the main center-left Democratic Party last year.
Democratic Senate candidates are gambling they can turn voters against two obscure billionaire brothers who are funding attacks on them and the president's health care law. Democrats are denouncing Charles and David Koch, two of world's richest people. The pair's political network is spending millions on TV ads hitting Democrats in North Carolina and several other states. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Kochs are paying huge sums to try to "buy" elections and advance a self-serving agenda of low taxes and less regulation. Republicans say the Koch-financed ads accurately depict "Obamacare's" faults. They predict the Democrats' strategy won't work.
El Salvador presidential election results favoring former Marxist guerrilla leader Salvador Sanchez Ceren are irreversible, the head of the country's electoral tribunal said on Monday.
Sanchez Ceren of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, which as a rebel group fought a string of U.S.-backed governments in the 1980-92 civil war, won 50.11 percent support in Sunday's election, preliminary results showed. Challenger Norman Quijano, the 67-year-old former mayor of San Salvador and candidate of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance party, had 49.89 percent support. He claimed fraud and insisted he was the real winner.