Pro-democracy candidates advance in key Hong Kong elections

Asia & Pacific 11/24/19, 12:17

Pro-democracy candidates won nearly half of the seats in Hong Kong’s local elections, according to partial returns on Monday, as voters sent a clear signal of support for the anti-government protests that have rocked the Chinese territory for more than five months. A record 71% of the city’s 4.1 million registered ...

Turkish electoral body rejects opposition demand in Istanbul

Europe 05/13/19, 08:54

Turkey's electoral board has rejected a demand by opposition parties to annul local election results in Istanbul's 39 districts, following the board's decision to strip the opposition of its victory in the mayoral race.The Supreme Electoral Board on Monday also turned down the opposition's request to annul the results of ...

Turkish opposition seeks cancellation of 2018 elections

Europe 05/08/19, 07:26

Turkey's main opposition party on Wednesday appealed to the country's top electoral body for an annulment of local election results in Istanbul's 39 districts, as well as last year's presidential and parliamentary elections, after the authority annulled its victory in the city's mayoral race and ordered a new vote.Ruling in ...

Update: Voided vote called ‘victory’ for democracy

World 05/06/19, 17:02

The Latest on disputed mayoral elections in Turkey (all times local):12:35 a.m.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman says the voiding of the mayoral election in Istanbul amounts to "a victory for Turkish democracy" by ensuring the results reflect the voters' choice.FILE - In this Thursday April 4, 2019 file photo, ...

UK government seeks Brexit compromise after election fiasco

Europe 05/04/19, 06:27

Britain's governing Conservative Party says it is ready to compromise to secure a Brexit deal after suffering its worst result in local elections for more than 20 years.In contests for local authorities across England, the party lost about 1,300 seats as voters punished the government for the U.K's Brexit impasse. ...

Main parties take Brexit battering in UK local elections

Europe 05/03/19, 03:05

Britain's two main political parties, Conservatives and Labour, have taken a hammering in local elections as Brexit-weary voters express frustration over the country's stalled departure from the European Union.With results in from about 40 percent of the 259 local authorities up for grabs, the governing Conservatives had lost more than ...

Conservatives brace for a battering in UK local elections

Europe 05/02/19, 10:20

Voters in many parts of Britain are electing local councils, with the governing Conservatives bracing for a backlash over Brexit and other issues.Elections are being held Thursday for more than 8,000 seats on 259 local authorities across England — although not in London — and Northern Ireland.The Conservatives, who currently ...

European rights body urges Turkey to respect voters’ choice

Europe 04/12/19, 11:49

Europe's human rights watchdog is urging Turkey to respect voters' decisions after electoral authorities blocked some newly elected district mayors from taking office despite winning local elections on March 31.The Council of Europe on Friday also urged Turkey to confirm the final results of the vote in Istanbul, where the ...

Update: Turkish ruling party seeks rerun in Istanbul

Europe 04/09/19, 07:38

The Latest on the Turkish local elections (all times local):3:35 p.m.The opposition party's candidate has criticized the plans of Turkey's ruling party plans to seek a repeat of the mayoral race in Istanbul and urged the party to acknowledge his victory.Ekrem Imamoglu, who won the tight race for Istanbul in ...

Turkish electoral board rejects full Istanbul vote recount

Europe 04/09/19, 04:05

Turkey's top electoral authority has rejected a request by the ruling party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a full recount of votes in the Istanbul mayoral race.The Supreme Electoral Board has, however, allowed a recount of 51 ballot boxes in Istanbul's 21 districts, Recep Ozel, a member of the ...

Erdogan cites irregularities, defends Istanbul vote recount

Europe 04/08/19, 03:20

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended his party's move to demand a full recount of votes cast in mayoral elections in Istanbul, claiming that "almost all" of the voting was marred by irregularities.Erdogan suffered a major setback in last week's local elections after the opposition took control of the ...

Turkish ruling party seeks total recount of Istanbul votes

Europe 04/07/19, 08:32

Turkey's ruling party says it will appeal to the country's top election authority, demanding a full recount of votes cast in Istanbul in the March 31 mayoral election.Ali Ihsan Yavuz, deputy chairman of the ruling AKP party, spoke Sunday as a recount of votes that were previously deemed invalid was ...

Update: Turkey’s leader defends demanding vote recount

Europe 04/05/19, 08:23

The Latest on Turkey's local election (all times local):4:20 p.m.Turkey's president says his party's demands for vote recounts to challenge the unofficial results of Sunday's municipal elections are only natural.Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, in a first public appearance after Sunday elections in Istanbul, Thursday, April 4, 2019, listens ...

Turkey’s opposition worries as Istanbul votes go to recount

Europe 04/05/19, 07:33

The mood among opposition supporters in Turkey's biggest city is one of jubilation but also worry — fear that their win in Istanbul's mayoral race could be overturned in a recount taking place after the ruling party challenged the election results.In an unexpected setback to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the ...

Istanbul mayoral candidate confident of win after recount

Europe 04/04/19, 12:47

The opposition party's mayoral candidate in Istanbul says he's confident that the result of a recount of votes in the city will confirm his victory, and renewed an appeal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to help end the standoff.In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Ekrem Imamoglu says ...

Opposition urges Erdogan’s cooperation over Istanbul vote

Europe 04/03/19, 05:20

The opposition's candidate for mayor of Istanbul is urging Turkey's electoral body to confirm his narrow victory in local elections and is asking President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to act to prevent the country from sliding into uncertainty.Preliminary results show Erdogan's ruling party lost its decades-old stronghold of Ankara in Sunday's ...

Erdogan’s ruling party challenges results of local elections

Europe 04/02/19, 09:28

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party on Tuesday appealed the results of local elections in Istanbul where preliminary results give the opposition a razor-thin victory, sounding confident that a recount will alter the outcome of the vote.Nationwide, Erdogan's conservative and Islamic-based party won a majority of votes in Sunday's ...

Update: Erdogan loses support in Turkey’s big cities

Europe 04/01/19, 05:50

The Latest on Turkey's local elections (all times local):1:45 p.m.The opposition candidate running to be Istanbul's next mayor has declared victory after unofficial results showed him leading in Turkey's local elections.Turkey's President and ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and his wife Emine, greet ...

Erdogan sees win in local poll, but loses Turkish capital

Europe 03/31/19, 23:40

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in Sunday's local elections but the opposition's win in the capital has dealt a significant blow to his party's dominance.Unofficial results published in state media show the secular Republican People's Party or CHP's candidate won the metropolitan mayor seat of Ankara. The ...

A look at Sunday’s local elections in Turkey

Europe 03/30/19, 06:01

Turkey is holding local elections on Sunday that are seen as a test of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's popularity amid a sharp economic downturn. Erdogan, who has not lost a vote since his party came to power in 2002, has cast the elections as a "matter of national survival" and ...

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