Elections

PM Malcolm Turnbull should resign and hand over leadership to Peter Dutton, Mathias Cormann says

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Malcolm Turnbull has been told he has lost the support of the Liberal party room and should step down as Prime Minister. By political reporter Louise Yaxley ABC The crisis has deepened ever further with the Government adjourning the House of Representatives. “Shame, Shame” was shouted from the Labor side as the vote result was announced and the lower house rose five hours early. The Government’s one-seat majority was again tested with crossbenchers Rebekha Sharkie and Cathy McGowan refusing to ... Read More »

Brexit: Ford warns UK it will take ‘whatever action is needed’ after profits hit

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The car company blamed withdrawal from the EU for a £760m drop in profitability in 2017 Joe Watts Independent Car manufacturer Ford has issued a Brexit warning to British politicians that it will take “whatever action is needed” to protect its business. The ominous words came after the American car giant blamed uncertainty over Brexit for a colossal £760m drop in its European earnings in 2017. The firm pointed the finger at plummeting confidence in the UK since the Brexit referendum and raised fears of ... Read More »

‘Almost certifiable’: Bob Katter pays political price for backing Fraser Anning’s ‘final solution’ speech

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A furious backlash against federal MP Bob Katter is set to deprive him of key Labor preferences and union money after he fully endorsed his senator Fraser Anning’s notorious “final solution”… Michael Kosiol The Age But while one union donor confirmed it would no longer support Katter’s Australian Party, the giant Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union refused to say whether it would disown Mr… The far north Queensland MP has been shunned by acquaintances in the wake of ... Read More »

Kabila Shows His Hand in DR Congo’s Electoral Poker

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As election preparations in the Democratic Republic of Congo proceed, President Joseph Kabila has announced he will not run for re-election. He may hope this important move will relieve outside pressure for free and fair elections. International actors should keep up the scrutiny. Hans Hoebeke ICG On 8 August 2018, the filing deadline, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s ruling majority coalition announced that Emmanuel Ramazani Shadari would be its candidate in the presidential election slated for 23… The announcement ... Read More »

Poland’s Duda vetoes change to European Parliament voting rules

epa06952548 (FILE) - President of Poland Andrzej Duda speaks during a press conference in Riga, Latvia, 27 June 2018 (reissued 18 August 2018).  Andrzej Duda said he would veto a law proposed by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party that would benefit bigger parties such as PiS and its main opposition grouping in European Parliament elections in 2019.  EPA-EFE/TOMS KALNINS

Critics say planned change would have resulted in just two parties being able to win seats in next year’s European election. By MICHAŁ BRONIATOWSKI Politico WARSAW — Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday refused to sign into law a change to the way the country elects members of the European Parliament, which critics say would have squeezed out all but the largest parties. The proposed change — which he said would have raised the election threshold to over 16 percent — is going ... Read More »

More than 100 seats that backed Brexit now want to remain in EU

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Major new analysis shows most constituencies now have majority who want to Remain Michael Savage The Guardian More than 100 Westminster constituencies that voted to leave the EU have now switched their support to Remain, according to a stark new analysis seen by the Observer. In findings that could have a significant impact on the parliamentary battle of Brexit later this year, the study concludes that most seats in Britain now contain a majority of voters who want to stay in the EU. ... Read More »

Europe’s political problems are bigger than Orbán

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives to take part in an European Union leaders' summit focused on migration, Brexit and eurozone reforms on June 28, 2018 at the Europa building in Brussels. - The two-day meeting in Brussels is expected to be dominated by deep divisions over migration, with German Chancellor saying the issue could decide the fate of the bloc itself. (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Letter To The Editor Populist politicians like Viktor Orbán are symptoms of a larger problem. Sophie In ‘t Veld * Politico In a recent article for POLITICO, “This time, Viktor Orbán has gone too far” (August 3), my colleague in the European People’s Party, Swedish MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, made an urgent plea for the Hungarian prime minister’s Fidesz party to be expelled from her political group. I wholeheartedly agree with her. In recent years, the EPP leadership has ... Read More »

What Democrats Need to Know About Moderate Republicans

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There aren’t enough of them to provide the margin of victory this November. Steve Phillips The Nation If Democrats mainly rely on wooing moderate Republicans this fall, they will likely lose the opportunity to take back control of the House of Representatives. There simply aren’t enough Republican swing voters out there for Democratic candidates to amass the number of votes necessary to prevail in November’s midterm elections. And if Democratic institutions and organizations insist on prioritizing such a path, they ... Read More »

‘He’s way too conservative’: Freedom Caucus members on the hot seat

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Reps. Dave Brat and Scott Perry rode the anti-Obama backlash into Congress. Now they’re facing a very different kind of backlash. Rachael Bade Politico SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. — Democrat Abigail Spanberger stood on a wooden bench at a vineyard in central Virginia and railed against “the prioritization of ideology over informed decision-making” — a pointed jab at her opponent, House Freedom Caucus member Dave Brat. Spanberger, a 38-year-old former CIA operative, has barnstormed this traditionally Republican stronghold accusing Brat of putting ... Read More »

New Pakistani government faces many challenges

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Pakistan is passing a critical stage and facing many challenges on the domestic as well international fronts. The newly elected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government will inherit these… Zamir Awan Asia Times Pakistan is situated at a geo-strategic location. It connects Central Asia, Russia, East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Being a Muslim nation, it is bridge between the Muslim world and other nations. It… It is situated at the entrance to the Persian Gulf – the Strait of Hormuz, which is ... Read More »

5 lessons from Team Obama to save Europe

US President Barack Obama celebrates after delivering his acceptance speech ion Chicago on November 7, 2012. Obama swept to re-election, forging history again by transcending a slow economic recovery and the high unemployment which haunted his first term to beat Republican Mitt Romney. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD / AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

PARIS — With next year’s European Parliament election shaping up as a showdown between pro-EU parties and Euroskeptics, the race is on for both sides to find a winning edge. Zachary Young Politico For the pro-EU camp, one possible source of inspiration lies in Barack Obama’s successful U.S. presidential campaigns, which managed twice to win majorities for liberal and outward-looking policies. In the past year, French President Emmanuel Macron has portrayed himself as the great champion of the EU and further ... Read More »

Cambodia election ‘the end of the road for democracy’

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Phnom Penh: Cambodia’s Hun Sen is set to strengthen his iron grip on the prime ministership and extend his 33 years in power, after an election that rights groups and analysts suggest marks the “death of democracy” in the… James Massola & Nara Lon The Age With Reuters The United States, Japan, western European nations and Australia – which has largely avoided criticising Hun Sen’s regime in recent years – all declined to send election monitors to observe this poll and ... Read More »

Theresa May’s Chequers deal is already dead. Here’s my plan for a Final Say referendum – and why it’s better than the prime minister’s

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I’ve lost count of the number of MPs, including senior ministers, who have approached me to tell me that I was right to call a second referendum. There’s more support in parliament than people think. Justine Greening Independent My intervention exactly two weeks ago set out a practical solution to Britain’s Brexit deadlock, saying we need a fair and clear choice for the public in a referendum on our future relationship with the EU. It has generated an overwhelming response. My solution is simple. ... Read More »

Foreign policy concerns swayed Malaysia’s voters

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Malaysia’s recent election on 9 May 2018 saw a dramatic result — the incumbent Barisan Nasional ruling coalition that had ruled Malaysia for 61 years crumbled, and Pakatan Harapan, a coalition of opposition parties, emerged victorious. Adam Leong Kok Wey One of the numerous reasons why the ruling party lost in the elections is that Malaysia’s foreign policy was perceived by a large segment of its people to be too cosy to China. Malaysia’s foreign policy decision-making has long been ... Read More »

Tensions Rise Ahead of Zimbabwe’s Elections

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On 30 July Zimbabwe will hold elections. For the first time since independence Robert Mugabe is not a candidate. Piers Pigou ICG His successor presents himself as a reformer – but many doubt the polls will be clean. The opposition warns that Zimbabweans will not tolerate another stolen election. What’s so important about the credibility of these polls? On 30 July 2018 Zimbabweans will go to the polls to elect a president, parliamentarians and local councillors. The elections are an ... Read More »

Dialogue is Essential to Unite Cameroon’s Disparate Voices

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In March 2018, Crisis Group’s Giustra Fellow, Tanda Theophilus, travelled for four weeks to the cities of Buea and Douala, which are at the heart of the Anglophone crisis that pits separatists against the government of Cameroon. Tanda Theophilus ICG He gauged the atmosphere in the Anglophone Southwest and Francophone Littoral regions ahead of the October presidential election. DOUALA, Cameroon – On the way from Douala to Buea, my vehicle slows at the toll gate on the bridge across the ... Read More »