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 ...

Estonian populists, 2 other parties seal coalition deal

Europe 04/06/19, 09:09

Estonian populists sealed a coalition deal with two other political parties Saturday in a bid to take power, more than a month after the general election.The Estonian Conservative People's Party, or EKRE, which has gained increasing popularity since its establishment in 2012, said it will form a three-way majority government ...

Thai anti-military parties say they have seats to form govt

Asia & Pacific 03/27/19, 00:48

Seven Thai political parties led by one ousted from power in a military coup said Wednesday that they believed they won enough seats in the recent general election to form the next government.The announcement came amid concerns about potential irregularities in Sunday's vote, the first since a 2014 coup, and ...

Algerian opposition parties, unions back street protests

Africa 03/08/19, 04:17

More than a dozen political parties and unions have thrown their support behind widening street protests against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and denounced the government's "stubborn" hold on power.More protests are planned for Friday challenging Bouteflika's fitness to run for a fifth term. The Algerian leader has been in power ...

New UK centrist group aims to become a political party

Europe 03/05/19, 10:56

A group of British lawmakers who quit the Conservative and Labour parties to form a centrist independent bloc in Parliament said Tuesday they have begun the progress of forming a new political party.Spokesman Chuka Umunna said he and other members of the Independent Group were holding talks with elections regulator ...

Brex-split: 7 lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitism

Europe 02/18/19, 09:59

Seven British lawmakers quit the main opposition Labour Party on Monday over its approach to issues including Brexit and anti-Semitism — the biggest shake-up in years for one of Britain's major political parties. The announcement ripped open a long-simmering rift between socialists and centrists in the party, which sees itself as ...

May meets with political parties in NIreland on Brexit

Europe 02/06/19, 04:32

British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to meet with Northern Ireland's main political parties as she seeks to break the impasse over her European Union divorce deal.May is signaling she will seek changes to the deal rather than outright removal of the so-called backstop, designed to preserve the open ...

Gerrymandering lawsuits linger as next redistricting nears

U.S. 01/10/19, 13:59

As the 2019 state legislative sessions get underway, a busy year of legal battles also is beginning over lingering allegations that hundreds of electoral districts across the country were illegally drawn to the disadvantage of particular voters or political parties.First up was a court hearing Thursday in Virginia, where a ...

Senate slipping away as Dems fight to preserve blue wave

New York 10/24/18, 01:17

In the closing stretch of the 2018 campaign, the question is no longer the size of the Democratic wave. It's whether there will be a wave at all.Top operatives in both political parties concede that Democrats' narrow path to the Senate majority has essentially disappeared, a casualty of surging Republican ...

Poland: Local races offer gauge of ruling party’s support

Europe 10/19/18, 09:11

Local elections on Sunday are expected to measure popular support for Poland's conservative ruling party, whose policies have produced street protests and repeated clashes with European Union leaders.The voting for local offices — from city mayors to village councilors — also will gauge an opposition centered on the pro-EU party ...

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