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Friday
Sep212012

Mayoral Candidate Banned from Ballot for Using Porn in Campaign

@MiradHadziahmet/Twitter(ZENICA, Bosnia) -- A candidate for mayor in a Bosnian city was thrown off the ballot Friday for spicing up his campaign by including porn on his website.

Mirad Hadziahmetovic vowed to appeal the ruling.

"The electoral commission ordered I remove adult (R-rated clips) within three hours, so I did it," Hadziahmetovic told ABC News. "I will appeal tomorrow. We will know the outcome by Wednesday or Thursday."

He also considers his unorthodox tactic a success.

"I made a name for myself with this provocative campaign and now people do know about my mayoral program," he said.

Hadziahmetovic, 43, an independent mayoral candidate in the Muslim dominated town of Zenica in central Bosnia, uploaded several porn clips to his official website in hopes of bringing in some traffic.

Visitors to Hadziahmetovic's site were asked to answer a few questions about Zenica's economy and public policies and verify their age. One example: "What is more important for Zenica, job creation or increasing the municipal budget through taxes?"

After answering Hadziahmetovic's questions, they could then open the erotica. And following every explicit clip, Hadziahmetovic appeared on camera saying, "If you liked this clip, vote for me."

Hadziahmetovic's site crashed under the traffic generated by thousands of eager viewers when it first went live last week, although it's not clear whether the enthusiastic response was an endorsement of his municipal policies.

But Bosnia's electoral commission did not like it and banned his candidacy saying in a statement Friday that he "violated Bosnia's electoral law by publishing pornographic photos and video clips during the electoral campaign."

Hadziahmetovic, who was born a Muslim but says he is an atheist, is a businessman and a rookie politician. He told ABC News that his tactic was meant to be "provocative."

"I guess people like it," he said shortly before the electoral commission made its ruling, adding that because of his web site "electoral participation would go up greatly."

Lustful advertising was not the only unorthodox ingredient in his campaign. His political slogans were unconventional, particularly for this overwhelmingly Muslim city with a reputation of one of the most religious places in Bosnia. "Tehran or Hollywood?" one ad asks, adding, "The choice is yours! "

Zenica is the fifth largest city in Bosnia with a population of more than 90,000 people. The election will take place on Oct. 7.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug162012

Spanish Mayor Leads Store Heists, Gives to Poor

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MARINALEDA, Spain) -- The town of Marinaleda, Spain, has its very own real-life socialist Robin Hood: their mayor, Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo. The controversial political figure is gaining both national and international attention for his less-than-conventional message to the government.

You know how the story goes: steal from the rich and give to the poor. That seems to be the inspiration for Sánchez Gordillo’s latest stance against the government and the downward-spiraling Spanish economy.

The controversial Spanish mayor, who is also one of the leaders of the Andalucian Workers’ Syndicate (SAT), decided to take matters into his own hands, urging SAT members to steal from supermarkets. Members raided two grocery stores, loading up their carts with food and leaving without paying. Those goods went straight to charity.

Sánchez Gordillo said the robberies were intended to be more far-reaching than just giving that food to the poor.

“People are losing everything,” Sánchez Gordillo told Time. “We wanted the authorities to really pay attention to what is happening.”

And while it did gain both national and international attention, seven people were arrested for participating in the two raids.

Sánchez Gordillo has political immunity as an elected member of Andalusia’s regional parliament, so he did not face the same consequences. But, reportedly, he says he will happily renounce his immunity and be arrested himself.

“We robbed to give to the poor because the rich are already robbing,” Sánchez Gordillo told Time. “This crisis is a great robbery.”

Sánchez Gordillo hails from one of the hardest-hit areas of Spain, where one in three workers are unemployed.

As the mayor of Marinaleda for almost 30 years, this is not the first time Sánchez Gordillo has taken extreme actions like this one.

In the 1990s, Sánchez Gordillo convinced the government to turn over part of an aristocratic estate and transfer it to the people of Marinaleda, who began a collective farm on the land.

And earlier this year, Sánchez Gordillo and the SAT occupied a military estate in an attempt to force the government to redistribute it to the people.

Sánchez Gordillo, who has become somewhat of a national celebrity, also announced an upcoming three-week march across the province of Andalusia to persuade local leaders to take similar stances against the government.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jul272011

Kandahar Mayor Killed in Suicide Bombing

U.S. State Department(KANDAHAR, Afghanistan) -- The mayor of Kandahar, Afghanistan was killed in a suicide attack on Wednesday, just two weeks after President Hamid Karzai's half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was assassinated.

Mayor Ghulam Haider Hamidi was meeting with elders at his residence in Kandahar city, when one of the elders approached him and detonated a bomb, which police say was hidden in his turban.

One other civilian was also killed during the attack.

Hamidi was considered a candidate to replace Wali Karzai -- who was shot and killed by a guard at his home on July 12 -- as the governor of Kandahar.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep282010

Moscow Mayor Luzhkov Loses Feud With President Medvedev

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- On Tuesday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev fired the mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, who'd held the position since 1992 and was resisting scathing attacks to get him to resign. The president dismissed Luzhkov for a "loss of confidence." The firing followed a bruising campaign by the state-run media that accused Luzhkov of giving preference to his beloved bees over his constituents and helping his wife become the only female billionaire in Russia.  "It is difficult to imagine a situation in which a governor and the president of Russia as the top official would continue working together, if the president loses confidence in the head of the region," Medvedev told reporters during a trip to Shanghai.  The Luzhkov drama has dominated the headlines in Russia since early September when he criticized Medvedev for suspending the controversial construction of a highway through a forest north of Moscow. 

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