Elections

Social Democrats easily win Romania parliamentary elections

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Romania’s left-leaning Social Democrats easily won parliamentary elections a year after a major anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power, near-final results released showed Dec. 12. BUCHAREST – The Associated Press Hurriyet Election authorities said that with 99 percent of the votes from the… Social Democrats easily… Read More »

Did Clinton win more votes than any white man in history?

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As mail-in and absentee voter ballots continue to trickle in and the country braces for President-elect Donald Trump to step into power, Hillary Clinton quietly marked a milestone. BBC News The latest election totals showed that Mrs Clinton, who lost to outsider Mr Trump last month, has received more votes than Mr Obama did in his 2012 victory, according to data from the National Archives and a running total by… Did Clinton win more votes than any white man in ... Read More »

Trump presidency: Exxon’s Rex Tillerson for top diplomat?

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Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has met President-elect Donald Trump amid growing speculation that he is being considered for US secretary of state. BBC NBC News quotes sources close to Mr Trump as saying that Mr Tillerson is likely to… Trump presidency: Exxon’s… Read More »

Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result

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Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a week after admitting defeat. BBC Speaking on state TV, Mr Jammeh cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections. Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a… Gambia leader Yahya… Read More »

Romanians vote in the shadow of corruption

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Elections in Romania this weekend will test whether the country intends to clean up its political system. Politico By CARMEN PAUN Romania’s parliamentary elections on Sunday will test the country’s determination to clean up its political system a… Romanians vote in… Read More »

Nhulunbuy MLA Guyula to stay in NT Parliament, NTEC application dismissed

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Independent Member for Nhulunbuy Yingiya Mark Guyula will retain his seat in the Northern Territory Parliament after the Court of Disputed Returns dismissed a case challenging his election. ABC Avani Dias The Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) said it had information that Mr Guyula had been a member of the Milingimbi Local Authority which could make him ineligible to nominate as a candidate in the August state election. In a statement, lawyer Ken Parish said… Nhulunbuy MLA Guyula to stay ... Read More »

Electoral donations for local governments to be revealed in real-time

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Donations made to candidates in the lead-up to local government elections will be revealed online in real-time under new laws introduced on Thursday. Brisbane Felicity Caldwell Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the reform followed recommendations from the Crime and Corruption Commission’s Transparency and accountability in local government report. The changes would create a real-time online… Electoral donations for local governments to… Read More »

Cord to skip elections summit, says organiser extension of Jubilee

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Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) principals have declined an invite to a multi-sectoral summit on elections, terming the organiser an appendage of the Jubilee administration. Daily Nation By PATRICK LANG’AT & JOHN NGIRACHU The matter also raised storm in the National Assembly when Majority Leader Aden Duale said that a… Cord to skip… Read More »

Cities focus resistance against US President-elect Donald Trump

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Though Donald Trump has barely left the gilded confines of Trump Tower in Manhattan since he won the US election on November 8, already the city around him is marshalling its defences. SMH Josephine Tovey New York mayor Bill de Blasio, a progressive Democrat, is one of many city leaders across America already voicing defiance at a range of the President-elect’s professed positions. “We will use all the tools at our disposal to Cities focus resistance against US… Read More »

Haiti: violent protests erupt over presidential election result

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Early results give win to political newcomer Jovenel Moïse, a banana exporter The Guardian Reuters Losing candidates vow to fight outcome amid low turnout and irregularities Violent protests have erupted in Haiti as… Haiti: violent protests erupt over… Read More »

How François Fillon plans to knock out Marine Le Pen

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His camp aims to expose National Front leader as a ‘false conservative’ and go after her blue-collar voters. Politico By NICHOLAS VINOCUR PARIS — With former Prime Minister François Fillon on his way to the French presidential election next year, his staff is turning to the… How François Fillon… Read More »

Romano Prodi: ‘My Commission is over’

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‘Referendums are rarely about the question they ask,’ says the former prime minister and Commission president. Politico By ALBERTO MUCCI BOLOGNA, Italy — The Italian media likes to start articles about Romano Prodi with a… Romano Prodi: ‘My… Read More »

Trump claims ‘serious’ fraud, says millions voted illegally

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President-elect Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims Nov. 27 of serious U.S. voter fraud and said “millions of people” had cast their ballots illegally, offering no evidence for the assertions he put forth on Twitter. Hurriyet Trump’s shock path to the White House saw him fall short of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the… Trump claims ‘serious… Read More »

The tarnished city on the hill

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The end of American exceptionalism is bad news for Europe. Politico By DIMITAR BECHEV Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election has left a trail of political debris in its wake. At the top of the long list of casualties is the… The tarnished city… Read More »

Kuwait poll: Opposition wins nearly half of parliament

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Kuwait’s opposition groups have won 24 of the 50 contested seats in the country’s parliamentary elections. Al Jazeera Kuwait opposition groups and their allies have won nearly half parliament’s 50 seats, raising fears of fresh political wrangling in the… Kuwait poll: Opposition… Read More »

Let voters elect weirdos and the imperfect

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Constitutional rules surrounding Australian elections represent centuries-old British legal language and morality. And they should be done away with. Crikey What sort of electoral system tries to forbid electors from voting for one of their own to represent them? Ours. Much hullabaloo has followed Attorney-General George Brandis’ announcement… Let voters elect weirdos and… Read More »