Posts tagged as election

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…

Key Turkish election won by opposition bringing change to largest city

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

In Turkey, the repeated mayoral election of Istanbul has been won by opposition candidate ending 25 years of the rule of the country’s governing AK party in largest city. With all ballots counted, Turkey’s Supreme Election Board has stated that opposition Republican People’s Party candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu has won the June 23 poll with 54 percent of the vote. BBC reports that compared to the March election had a İmamoğlu…

Ally of Kazakhstan’s longtime ex-leader wins presidency

Monday, June 10, 2019

Preliminary results show an ally of Kazakhstan’s former president has won the presidential election. The Central Election Commission in this Central Asian country said Monday that Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won nearly 71 percent of the vote with all the ballots counted. Tokayev became acting president when Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had led the country since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, abruptly stepped down. Shortly after Nazarbayev resigned, Kazakhstan’s ruling…

New Israeli government or election: Netanyahu faces deadline

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Israel’s raucous political world is on edge, counting down to a midnight deadline to see whether a new government will be formed or whether there will be an unpresented second election of the year. Backchannel negotiations are continuing to try and find a compromise that will allow Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu faction to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition. Without him, Netanyahu has no parliamentary majority and won’t be…

The surge of populists in the EU elections is being greatly exaggerated

By R. Daniel Kelemen on Friday, May 24, 2019

Farage, Le Pen, Salvini. The Holy Trinity of the Far Right movement in Europe are looking to cause a political earthquake this week with perhaps their best showing in the European elections ever. While polls have the major populist and nationalist parties on course for massive gains, is it realistic to think the European establishment will be dealt a hammer blow. “The prospects of a populist, Far Right takeover in…

Lithuanian ex-minister faces political novice for presidency

Friday, May 24, 2019

Lithuanians choose a new president on Sunday in a tight runoff between two centre-right rivals, an ex-finance minister and a political newcomer, in a race dominated by concerns over economic inequality in the Baltic eurozone state. Conservative-backed independent Ingrida Simonyte – who oversaw biting austerity cuts during the global financial crisis – narrowly won round one on May 12 with 31.13 percent of the vote compared to 30.95 for fellow…

More Catalan separatist MP in Spanish parliament after election

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Following the Spanish interim general election, among members of parliament representing the region of Catalonia, the proportion politicians supporting the region’s separation from Spain has increased. French news agency AFP reports that the results of the Sunday, April 28 election, showed that separatist parties saw their share of the vote in Catalonia increase to 39 percent from 32 percent in the last general election in 2016, giving them five more…

Who will succeed Dalia Grybauskaite as the head of Lithuania?

By Corinne Deloy on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The election will appoint the successor to the present President of the Republic, Dalia Grybauskaite, in office since 2009, who is completing her second term as head of Lithuana and who cannot stand again, since the Constitution forbids someone running for more than two successive mandates. Nine people are running in this election. If none of them wins more than half of the votes cast a second round will be…