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German conservatives raise spectre of far-left rule ahead of election

BERLIN (Reuters) – A shadow is looming over Germany’s election: the spectre of the far-left Linke party, heir to the communists who once ruled East Germany, coming in from the political wilderness.FILE PHOTO: A supporter holds a sign, giving a thumbs up for Germany’s co-leader and top candidate of the September general elections of the […]

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France election: Female challengers launch bids to become country’s first women president

Two politicians have thrown their hats into the ring in a bid to become France’s first woman president after next year’s election. Paris’s socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo and Marine Le Pen of the far right National Rally have both formally launched their campaigns for the top job in widely expected declarations. Ms Hidalgo, 62, who […]

Politics

Election results: ‘We’re staking the claim to become England’s third party’, say Greens

The Green Party are aiming to replace the Liberal Democrats as England’s third party after significant gains in the local elections. They won 88 more seats, compared to the Lib Dems’ increase of seven. Yet the Greens are far from matching their rival party’s representation in local government. 586 Liberal Democrat councillors were elected last […]

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Election officials face fines, charges in GOP voting laws

In 2020, election officials tried to make voting easier and safer amid a global pandemic. Next time, they might get fined or face criminal charges. Republicans are creating a new slate of punishments for the county officials who run elections, arguing they overstepped their authority when they expanded voter access during the coronavirus pandemic. The […]

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Election results: Labour braced for tight finish in race for London mayor – as support for Sadiq Khan is squeezed

The Labour Party is braced for a close contest in the race to become London mayor, as early results indicate support for Sadiq Khan has been lower than anticipated. Conservative challenger Shaun Bailey had been effectively written off by some even within his own party in the run up to the 6 May election, but […]

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Election results: Five problems for Keir Starmer as Hartlepool defeat puts party in crisis

After 11 years of Tories in Downing Street, today’s by-election and local elections are a remarkable disaster for the opposition, showing Labour still going backwards.  Sir Keir Starmer’s first electoral test has not yet yielded any positive news, with the worst by-election since the Second World War and now questions about direction. This will prompt […]

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Election donations: Māori Party referred to police over $320,000 in undeclared donations

The Māori Party has been referred to police for failing to disclose about $320,000 worth of donations within the required time frame. The Electoral Commission has announced it had referred the Māori Party to police over the failure to disclose large donations from three people or entities – including donations totaling $158,223.72 from former party […]

Analysis & Comment

Opinion | In Haiti, Coups Are in the Eye of the Beholder

Catherine Buteau, a 33-year-old marketing and communications specialist in Montreal, woke up on Feb. 7 to a lot of missed calls on her phone. Her relatives in Haiti had been desperately calling her. Her father, mother and aunt had been snatched from their beds in Port-au-Prince in the middle of the night. “No one knew […]

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US election: Most Americans don’t care about conspiracies, so how did ‘Stop the Steal’ fuel a riot?

OPINION: The 2020 US election, which delivered a resounding victory to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, was free and fair. The results of the election were scrutinised by officials, challenged legally, and eventually certified state-by-state. The head of the Department of Justice (appointed by outgoing President Donald J. Trump) said there was […]

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US election live: Final count underway in Georgia to decide Senate control

Georgia voters are deciding the balance of power in Congress in a pair of high-stakes Senate runoff elections that will help determine President-elect Joe Biden’s ability to enact what could be the most progressive governing agenda in generations. Republicans are unified against Biden’s plans for health care, environmental protection and civil rights, but some fear […]