Royal won 25 percent of the vote, while Sarkozy garnered 30 percent in last weekend�s election between 12 candidates. The two have already begun competing to attract the 18 percent of voters who cast ballots for the third-place candidate, centrist Francois Bayrou, now eliminated from the race. A televised debate between Royal and Sarkozy is scheduled for May 2.
Royal has run a populist campaign with an emphasis on participatory democracy and women�s rights. "There is a strong correlation between the status of a woman and the state of justice or injustice in a country," she said in her nomination acceptance speech, drawing cheers.
10/21/2014 Afghanistan's New First Lady Advances Women's Issues - Just a few days after moving to the presidential palace, Afghanistan's new First Lady Rula Ghani said that she hopes to encourage greater respect for women.
Rula Ghani already broke tradition by participating in her husband, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's, campaign for President. . . .