The big event was held in the capital city of Lefkosia (Nicosia) and attracted a massive turnout from the populace, especially labor.
This is the first time since India won independence in 1947 that a rightist party has won a clear majority in parliament.
"The horrific news coming from the coal mine near Soma is a punch in the gut for every coal miner everywhere in the world."
A new R1-trillion [$96 billion] economic and social infrastructure program aims to transform many poor areas by building new roads, rail links, ports, universities and schools.
Twitter carried pictures of protesting Asian workers and news reports said the Obama-Abe bargaining in Japan would probably not result in approval of the trade pact.
This election is largely a contest of powerful business tycoons who made their fortunes out of the breakup of the old Soviet Union and the privatization of state enterprises that followed.
He was arrested in June 2011 and sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges widely levelled against trade unionists.
Obando is a sociologist and documentary filmmaker. A week before her arrest, she issued a report documenting the murders of 1500 FENSUAGRO union members. FENSUAGRO is Colombia's largest agricultural workers' union.
Transport grinds to a halt and schools close as thousands march through Athens in protest.