Mayoral election underway in New Orleans
Voters will head to the polls in New Orleans on Saturday to cast their ballots in the mayoral election. The front-runner is the city’s current mayor, Mitch Landrieu.
Landrieu’s campaign has highlighted the 20 percent drop in the city’s murder rate during 2013, as well as the mayor’s role in rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Polls close Saturday at 8 p.m. CST.
Gunfire and explosions in Bangkok as election day approaches
Violent clashes between anti-government protesters and government supporters left at least seven injured in Bangkok on Saturday, in the lead up to the country’s general elections. It’s unclear whether the injured were protesters or government supporters.
Gunfire and at least two explosions occurred during the day’s protests, with sporadic gunfire continuing into the evening.
Voting for the general election is set to begin on Sunday.
Morsi trial resumes in Cairo
The trial for ousted president Mohammed Morsi resumed on Saturday in a Cairo suburb. The case charges the former leader for inciting violence during clashes between opposition protesters and Morsi supporters that left three protesters dead in Dec. 2012.
His lawyer argued the court could not try Morsi because he was never officially removed from office, a claim Morsi has stuck to since being ejected from his post during a military coup in July.