- The Washington Times - Monday, October 2, 2000

Brazilians make left turn at polls

SAO PAULO, Brazil A left-wing politician took a commanding lead yesterday in the mayoral election in Brazil's biggest city, according to exit polls.

Marta Suplicy of the Workers Party won 40 percent of the vote in the Sao Paulo race, according to the polling firm Ibope. Her two nearest rivals were tied with 16 percent each. Officials from Ibope said its survey was based on responses from 7,000 voters and had a margin of error of 1.2 percentage points.

Although Miss Suplicy probably won't reach the 50 percent limit needed for a first-round victory, analysts said the former psychologist will handily beat any rival in an Oct. 29 runoff.

Nationwide, nearly 110 million voters went to the polls in 5,559 cities and towns to elect mayors and 60,332 city councilors.

Socialists gain in Albanian polls

TIRANA, Albania Albania's ruling Socialists said yesterday they were heading for solid gains in local elections that marked the country's first major political test since it plunged into anarchy three years ago.

Police and international monitors said the vote at 5,000 polling stations across this impoverished Balkan nation was orderly, and there was no repeat of the violence that marred the general election in 1997.

Final results were not due for several days, but Prime Minister Ilir Meta's Socialists said the early count showed them gaining ground, including in the capital, Tirana, where they expected to claim the mayor's office for the first time.

However, the opposition Democrats of former President Sali Berisha said they also were heading for victory in Tirana.

Hope for peace, prepare for war

SEOUL Military readiness is still important despite rapidly thawing relations with communist North Korea, South Korean President Kim Dae-jung said yesterday.
"We have to sustain firm security preparedness," Mr. Kim said at a ceremony celebrating Armed Forces Day. "Only when we have the strength and support will we be greeted by the spirit of enduring peace."
Inter-Korean relations have advanced significantly since Kim Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il met in June in Pyongyang for the first summit talks between the two Koreas.
Kim Jong Il is expected to make a return visit to South Korea next spring.

Reggie Kray, British gangster, dies

LONDON Reggie Kray, last survivor of a crime family that rose to the top of London's underworld in the 1950s and 1960s, died yesterday of bladder cancer, his lawyer said. He was 66.

Kray died in his sleep, Mark Goldstein said, after more than three decades in prison and 35 days of freedom. Sentenced to life in jail for murder in 1969, he was granted compassionate parole by Home Secretary Jack Straw on Aug. 26 because of his illness.

In the past few years, a slew of magazines and films such as Guy Ritchie's "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" reinforced the sharp-dressed Cockney "hard man" epitomized by the Krays.

Prime minister of Dominica dies

ROSEAU, Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Douglas of Dominica died unexpectedly at his home yesterday morning, the government said, a day after he returned from a summit of Caribbean leaders in Jamaica. He was 58.
Mr. Douglas, a former Marxist, was elected in January promising to clean up corruption and diversify the sluggish economy of this Caribbean country of 66,000 people.
His death was confirmed in a brief statement on state radio by Communications and Works Minister Pierre Charles, who said he had become acting prime minister. Mr. Charles did not give a cause of death.
The Dominica Broadcasting Corp. earlier reported that Mr. Douglas was discovered dead at about 10 a.m. in his house in Portsmouth, about 30 miles from the capital, Roseau.

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