Posts tagged as election

Seimas to reduce party election thresholds in Lithuania

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Lithuanian parliament is considering lowering the election threshold for political parties. The proposals are backed by President Gitanas Nausėda. Now parties need to exceed the 3 percent threshold in the multi-member constituency to get into the country’s parliament, and there’s a 7 percent threshold for coalitions. The proposals to adjust the thresholds were backed by the parliamentary Committee on State Administration and Local Authorities, but politicians from the ruling block…

Belarus President maintained his hold on power

Monday, November 18, 2019

Official results announced on Monday show that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko maintained his hold on power after not a single opposition candidate was elected to the Belarusian parliament. Two opposition candidates were elected in 2016 for the first time in 20 years, but this time around Lukashenko banned them from standing. The Belarusian leader insisted that votes in his country are fair and that voters could simply turf him out if…

Polish Law and Justice announces victory in general election

Monday, October 14, 2019

After the Polish parliamentary election, the ruling national-conservative Law and Justice party has claimed victory as exit polls showed another landslide victory. Polish public broadcaster Polskie Radio reports that after the general election held on Sunday, October 13, Law and Justice leader Jarosław Kaczyński claimed victory as exit polls showed the party winning 43.6% of votes. TVP channel said that such a result would give the ruling conservatives 239 seats…

Israel’s election highlights secular-religious divide

Friday, September 20, 2019

Yamit Dulberg considers herself a traditional Israeli woman with right-wing views who would usually vote for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party. But this week the 37-year-old mother of two cast her ballot for his main rival, in part because she’s sick of his ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies and their disproportionate power over daily life. “Something has changed in recent years, the coercion has gone overboard,” said Dulberg, who runs a…

Israel’s 2 main political parties deadlocked after election

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Israel’s two main political parties were deadlocked Wednesday after an unprecedented repeat election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job. The election’s seeming political kingmaker, Avigdor Lieberman, said he’ll insist upon a secular unity government between Netanyahu’s Likud and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White parties, who based on partial results are currently tied at 32 seats each out of the 120 in…

Unable to vote, Palestinians shrug off Israel’s elections

Friday, September 13, 2019

Barhoum Saleh’s town is surrounded by Jewish settlements, the sign above his roadside mechanic shop is in Hebrew, most of his customers are Israeli and he needs an Israeli permit to visit the beach a half hour’s drive away. But unlike his Jewish neighbors, he can’t vote in next week’s elections. Saleh is among the 2.5 million Palestinians in the West Bank who have no voice in choosing Israel’s next…

Johnson calls opponents cowardly for blocking election bid

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson accused Britain’s main opposition leader on Thursday of trying to dodge an election, after rebellious lawmakers rejected the U.K. leader’s call to trigger a snap poll and moved to block his plan to leave the European Union next month without a divorce deal. Johnson remained determined to secure an election as the only way out of Britain’s years-long Brexit impasse. His office said he would argue…

Bill lifting election campaigning restrictions ready for cabinet discussion

Monday, July 8, 2019

A bill aimed at removing the ban on outdoor pre-election political campaign advertising has been drafted by the justice ministry, Baltic News Service reports. Proponents of the bill say it more accurately reflects the present-day realities of elections in Estonia, compared with the existing legislation, which predates social media and some other developments. The bill, which would also lift restrictions on active election campaigning on polling day, is to be…

LFGU needs change or he won’t represent it during parlt election

Monday, July 8, 2019

The ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union needs to change if it wants to see him as its candidate in the upcoming general election, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says. “I would like that political power (…) to be more democratic, a political force based on values, principles and discussions,” the prime minister told the Lietuvos Rytas TV’s 24/7 program on Sunday. He added that “it would be difficult for me…

Trump to Putin: ‘Don’t meddle in the election’

Friday, June 28, 2019

With a smirk and a finger point, President Donald Trump dryly told Russia’s Vladimir Putin “Don’t meddle in the election” in their first meeting since the special counsel concluded that Russia extensively interfered with the 2016 campaign. The tone of the president’s comment, which came after a reporter asked if he would warn Putin, was immediately open to interpretation. But it would seem to do little to silence questions about…