Elections

Iran election: Votes are counted amid high turnout

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Counting is under away in Iran’s presidential elections, with official turnout said to be at about 70%. BBC Supporters of incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who is seeking a second term, came out in force to vote. His main conservative challenger, Ebrahim Raissi, has already lodged complaints about alleged voting irregularities. Long queues were seen… Iran election: Votes… Read More »

Iran’s Bipolar Election

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Iranian voters have a real choice on 19 May between a president promising engagement with the West or one focused on the… Ali Vaez ICG At the same time, both leading candidates are clerical insiders who support the continuation of Iran’s nuclear deal. Who are the leading candidates in the 19 May election and what should we know about the top two? The May 2017 election is essentially a… Iran’s Bipolar… Read More »

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen ‘to quit politics’

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Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the niece of defeated far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, is to quit politics, French media report. BBC Ms Maréchal-Le Pen, 27, who is an MP for the National Front (FN), had been seen by some as a future leader of the party. She is the granddaughter of FN founder Jean-Marie Le Pen. She is one of the… Marion Maréchal-Le… Read More »

South Korean Elections Sidestep Rising Peninsula Tensions

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North Korea’s nuclear grandstanding and inflammatory missile tests, President Trump’s anti-Pyongyang rhetoric and U.S. missile deployments have raised tensions in North East Asia. Christopher Green ICG Our Senior Advisor for the Korean Peninsula Christopher Green looks at where South Korea’s 9 May presidential election fits into these newly complex dynamics. Why have tensions risen on the… South Korean Elections… Read More »

Tense France picks new president in landmark vote

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France went to the polls on May 7 to choose between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen for president, in a watershed election both for the divided country and… PARIS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The election follows a rollercoaster campaign marked by mudslinging, scandals and a… The run-off vote pits the… Tense France picks… Read More »

How Le Pen could win

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She needs to reassure conservatives and discourage leftists from voting. NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — Marine Le Pen needs a perfect political storm to help her win the French presidency on Sunday. She aims to provoke it by kicking up rage at her centrist rival, discouraging leftists from voting and winning over millions of disappointed conservatives by convincing them that her plans for the European Union are less worrying than they might… How Le Pen… Read More »

Tony Blair set to return to UK politics to ‘fight Brexit’

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Former British prime minister Tony Blair said on May 1 that he was plunging back into domestic politics in order to fight against Brexit. Hurriyet Blair, who led the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007, will not be standing in the June 8 general election. But he said he wanted to build a movement to shape the policy debate as Britain starts its negotiations to leave the EU Blair, 63… Tony Blair set… Read More »

The French Election and Europe’s Future

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BERLIN – A lot can happen between now and the second round of the French presidential election on May 7, so it is still too early to… Joschka Fischer Project Syndicate But, even with the nationalist, populist candidate Marine Le Pen still in the running, many observers are genuinely hopeful that the… With Macron’s victory, Europe would avoid self-destruction yet again. A… The French Election… Read More »

Macron and the French Paradox

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While commentators focused largely on negative aspects, France has seen an unprecedentedly pro-European electoral… François Godement  ecfr.eu Everyone interested in health and good eating has heard of the “French… In  South-west France, people live to a healthy old age on a fairly fatty diet of foie gras and duck… They manage this because they also ingest more fresh fruit and vegetables than anywhere… Macron and the… Read More »

What Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen think about Brexit

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LONDON — The next president of France will either be centrist Emmanuel Macron or far-right leader Marine Le… Adam Payne Business Insider The pair made it through the first round of voting over the weekend and will battle it out until Sunday, May 7 when French voters will elect one of them to… The result of the first round of voting dealt a major blow to France’s long-standing political establishment, with the… What Emmanuel Macron… Read More »

French Muslims brace for Le Pen presidency

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With no viable candidate on the left, France’s Muslim voters are… CLAIRE SERGENT AND KATY LEE Politico LE BOURGET, France — “Inshallah, it won’t be Marine Le Pen,” said Nassim with an anxious smile. “But if it is, we’ll have to accept our… Handing out fliers at last weekend’s Annual Meeting of French Muslims just north of Paris, the baby-faced 25-year-old said he’d happily vote for any… French Muslims brace… Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘we’ll scrap rigged system helping the rich’

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Jeremy Corbyn has promised to put wealth “in the hands of the people of Britain” as he turned his fire on big business and the rich in his first major speech of the… ANDREW WOODCOCK AND ARJ SINGH The Scotsman The Labour leader cast the 8 June poll as a battle of “the Establishment versus the people”, as he promised to overturn a “rigged system” which allowed the… A “morally bankrupt” Conservative Party was intent on preserving the… Jeremy Corbyn: ... Read More »

United they exit?

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A general election victory would give Theresa May the authority she needs to lead Britain out of the… Vidya Ram The Hindu It’s a testament to the unexpectedness of Theresa May’s call for a snap general election that even in the hour before the announcement, when her office had indicated that the… A general election figured in the speculation, but then… United they… Read More »

Meet Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s army of abstainers

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If the choice is Macron or Le Pen, many leftist supporters would rather not vote at all. NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico LILLE — Three weeks ago, left-wing firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon was an entertaining sideshow in France’s presidential race — fun to watch on TV thanks to his cutthroat speaking style but ultimately no… Nobody is laughing now… Meet Jean-Luc… Read More »

As goes France, so goes the EU

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President of the French far-right party and presidential candidate for the 2017 French Presidential elections Marine Le Pen poses during a photo session in Nanterre on October 17, 2016. / AFP / JOEL SAGET / BLACK AND WHITE VERSION        (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

French voters hold the Continent’s future in their hands. Paul Taylor Politico PARIS — When France sneezes, Europe catches pneumonia. Rarely have the… As goes France… Read More »

Muted start to election campaigning in Algeria

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The May 4 parliamentary poll will be the first since the legislature adopted landmark constitution reforms last… Al Jazeera Source: AFP news agency Campaigning for Algeria’s May 4 parliamentary elections got off to a muted start on Sunday, with the public showing little interest in the… It’s the first election since the legislature’s powers were boosted by amendments to the… Muted start to… Read More »