Elections

Labour Members Move To Suspend Brexiteer MP Frank Field For Backing Tories

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Some party members want whip withdrawn as a punishment Paul Waugh HuffPost Veteran MP Frank Field is facing a move by his local Labour activists to have him suspended from the party as a punishment for voting with Theresa May on Brexit. The former minister’s Merseyside constituency party will on Friday discuss an emergency motion to demand the “immediate” withdrawal of the Labour whip in protest at him backing the government last week. Members of Birkenhead constituency Labour party (CLP) ... Read More »

Pakistan election: Bloodshed and accusations of foul play taint historic democratic vote

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More than 350,000 army personnel stationed across the country, as suicide bombing kills at least 32 Adam Withnall. Maija Liuhto  Mohammad Zubair Khan Independent Pakistan voted on Wednesday in a historic general election that was as bitter, heated and bloody as expected following weeks of acrimonious campaigning. In the city of Quetta near the Afghanistan border, a suicide bomber drove a motorbike into a crowd of people near a polling station. Witnesses told The Independent the target appeared to be a police van, and there ... Read More »

Pakistan election: As the country heads to the polls, is it a democratic election or a soft coup?

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Pakistan is on edge as voters go to the polls today in national elections. If the vote goes smoothly, it’ll be only the second time since Pakistan became independent 70 years ago that power has been transferred peacefully from one government to another. By South Asia correspondent Siobhan Heanue ABC But there are fears of a creeping coup, amid accusations of military intervention. Who is vying for power? Two of the main players are the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) party ... Read More »

Europe’s far right doesn’t bear hug Steve Bannon back

LILLE, FRANCE - MARCH 10:  Former U.S. President Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon gives a press conference during the French far-right Front National (FN) party annual congress on March 10, 2018 at the Grand Palais in Lille, north of France. Le Pen will attempt to revive her battered party this weekend at a conference with a proposal to ditch the tainted National Front brand, seen as a key hurdle to winning power.   (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Continent’s populists are ambivalent about help from ‘architect’ of Donald Trump’s victory. By MAÏA DE LA BAUME AND LAURENS CERULUS Politico Steve Bannon is out to be a big player in European politics. But his potential European partners are ambivalent, saying they want to keep the controversial American at arm’s length even as they seek to tap his expertise on how to disrupt politics on the… This initial reception signals potential limits to the Bannon push into the Old World — as well as ... Read More »

‘We’ve not ruled anything out!’ McDonnell REFUSES to rule out second referendum on Brexit

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LABOUR’s John McDonnell has refused to rule out a second referendum on Brexit but admitted that it was “not our policy to have another referendum” instead demanding another General Election. Holly Pyne Express Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said Labour‘s policy was not to have a second referendum on Brexit, before adding nothing was ruled out. Mr McDonnell told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “We’re not averse to any form of democratic engagement, but our view is that’s not our policy to have ... Read More »

Why Russia will help the Democrats next

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP)        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Election meddling is cheap, effective and here to stay. And hurting the Republicans is the smart strategy for the midterms. Garrett M. Graff Politico Director of U.S. National Intelligence Dan Coats warned last week that the nation is under sustained cyberattack from foreign adversaries like Russia. “I’m here to say, the warning lights are blinking red again,” Coats said, echoing the comments of former CIA Director George Tenet about the summer of 2001. “The warning signs are there. The system is blinking. ... Read More »

Is a Democratic ‘Blue Wave’ Really Coming?

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Grass-roots frustration within the Democratic Party could lead to the Left’s own version of a Trump phenomenon. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest Democrats are counting on a “Blue Wave” in the fall 2018 elections to return them to the majority, at least in the House of Representatives, and to pave the way for retaking control of the Executive Branch in the 2020 presidential election. For many card-carrying members of the Democratic foreign policy establishment in Washington, this offers the ... Read More »

S Korean ex-leader sentenced to 8 more years

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A South Korean court sentenced former South Korean President Park Geun-hye on July 20 to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws. Hurriyet She now faces the prospect of more than three decades behind bars. She’s already serving a 24-year prison term over a massive corruption scandal that led to her removal from office last year. Seoul Central District Court on Friday found her guilty of causing substantial losses to state coffers by unlawfully receiving about 3 billion won ($2.6 million) from chiefs ... Read More »

Waleed Aly obliterates Malcolm Turnbull in report on so-called African gangs

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The Project‘s Waleed Aly has launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, writing off his recent comments about Sudanese gangs as a last-ditch votes grab before Super Saturday byelections next… Genevieve Rota The Age In an eight-minute editorial package written with The Project producer Tom Whitty, Aly on Thursday presented a number of statistics that placed question marks on recent claims by several politicians that violent African gangs were “wreaking havoc” in… “This week the Prime Minister said something interesting,” ... Read More »

Vote Leave Referred To Police By Watchdog Who Found ‘Significant Evidence’ It Broke Electoral Law

A 'Vote Leave' sign is seen by the roadside near Charing urging people to vote for Brexit in the upcoming EU referendum is seen on the roadside near Charing south east of London on June 16, 2016. 
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The official Brexit campaign exceeded its legal spending limit, according to the Electoral Commission Nicola Slawson HuffPost Vote Leave has been fined £61,000 and reported to the police by the Electoral Commission for breaking electoral law. The Electoral Commission published the conclusions of its investigation into the campaign spending of Vote Leave and found “significant evidence” of coordination with another campaign group, BeLeave. The Electoral Commission found that the campaign group exceeded its legal spending limit of £7m by almost ... Read More »

Can democracy vote itself out of existence?

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Look at the state of the world’s democratic nations, and it is easy to see why so many are concerned for the future of democracy. Manjeet Ramgotra The Conversation Leaders such as Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Vladimir Putin and Hungary’s Viktor Orbán have centralised political power by changing their countries’ constitutions, silencing dissent and controlling the media. Since 2016’s coup attempt in Turkey, Erdoğan’s government has used the subsequent state of emergency to incarcerate thousands without trial. Opposition politicians, judges, journalists ... Read More »

Pakistan opens terrorism investigation against ex-PM’s party 10 days before election

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LAHORE, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani authorities have opened a criminal investigation into leaders of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political party under an anti-terrorism law, 10 days before a… Mubasher Bukhari, Kay Johnson Reuters The case relates to a march staged by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on July 13, when Sharif returned to Pakistan, which defied a ban on holding public rallies on a… The former premier was arrested minutes after landing in the country after being sentenced ... Read More »

Justice for Cyprus: The Goal should be Freedom from Occupation

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Cyprus, a member state of the European Union, has been illegally occupied by Turkey since 1974. Turkey’s false excuse for its presence on the island is the “protection of Turkish Cypriots from Greek violence.” Uzay Bulut * H Fusion     However, in 2017, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tuğrul Türkeş revealed the real reason behind Turkey’s control of Cyprus:  “There is this misinformation that Turkey is interested in Cyprus because there is a Turkish society there… Kyrenia Harbour Even if no Turks lived in Cyprus, ... Read More »

Boris Johnson brands Theresa May’s Brexit plan ‘an absolute stinker’

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BORIS Johnson has described Theresa May’s Brexit plan as “an absolute stinker” and has warned it will turn off voters despite standing united with Cabinet ministers to back the proposals at Chequers. Simon Osborne Express But the Foreign Secretary told the Prime Minister she would struggle to convince concerned Brexit supporters that her proposals stack up to what they voted for in June 2016. Insiders say he used colourful language to describe Mrs May’s proposals during a marathon Brexit session ... Read More »

The Guardian view on regulating elections: democracy needs a tougher defence

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The campaign for Brexit now looks dishonest and discredited. Its dodgy legacy casts a shadow over Theresa May’s government Editorial A healthy democracy has many mechanisms to hold politicians to account, but none as mighty as the ballot box. The government that fails to fulfil its promises can be expelled from power. This contract between electorate and elected is one reason why many democrats are suspicious of referendums. The danger is that they elevate a one-off verdict above the normal ... Read More »

Mexico election: López Obrador wins presidency as rivals concede

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Left-wing candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador is heading for a clear victory in Mexico’s presidential election. BBC Electoral officials said a quick count after Sunday’s poll indicated the former mayor of Mexico City had won with about 53% of the vote – more than double that of his nearest challenger. Exit polls also put Mr López Obrador, known by his initials Amlo, well ahead. His closest rivals have both admitted defeat and congratulated Mr López Obrador on his victory. Ruling ... Read More »