Posts tagged as elections

2019: a difficult political year in Lithuania

By Viktors Domburs on Friday, January 4, 2019

2019 will be a big political year in Lithuania, with elections in national focus. Lithuania will hold presidential, municipal and European Parliament elections this year. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite in her traditional New Year congratulation message was very restrained and short-spoken. She clearly understands that she did nothing outstanding to be proud of. This message looked more as a warning. It could be read between the lines that she warned…

Ten Latvian parties apply for financing from national budget

Friday, November 9, 2018

The ten parties which have won more than 2 percent of votes in the recent 13th Saeima elections have applied with the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) for financing from the national budget, KNAB representative Inta Nolle said LETA. Ten parties are entitled to this financing after the last general elections. According to the Central Election Commission’s data, Harmony in four years will receive EUR 474,612, KPV LV – EUR 341,548,…

Latvian Saeima to decide on election of deputies to committees on 20 November

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Latvian parliament plans to elect deputies to different committees on 20 November, as confirmed by the Saeima Praesidium and Faction Council at a meeting on 8 November. During the meeting, participants also supported a legislative draft regarding rules for the formation of Saeima committees. Saeima plans to approve this legislative draft during the meeting on 13 November. Once this is done, deputies will have to submit candidates for committees to…

In pictures: Passionate voters and politicians before U.S. midterm election

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The U.S. has passed another passionate political campaign stimulating voter participation in the country’s midterm elections taking place on Wednesday, November 8. The election is held in the middle of the first term in office of the Republican President Donald Trump. It comprises electing all seats of the U.S. Congress House of Representatives, 35 of the 100 seats of the Congress’ Senate and 39 state and territorial governors.

Lithuania faces public condemnation by Council of Europe over Paksas case

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Council of Europe may adopt a resolution in December, stating that Lithuania fails to meet its international obligation by not implementing the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling on paving the way for Rolandas Paksas to stand as a candidate in elections. Donatas Murauskas, a representative of the Lithuanian government, says the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers will discuss this issue on Dec. 4-6. “The implementation of the…

Merkel’s partners lose historic majority in Bavaria state election

Monday, October 15, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s partner party suffered their worst election result since 1950, losing votes to the far-right and the ecologist Greens. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reported citing the preliminary results of the Sunday, October 14, vote the Christian Social Union (CSU) won 37.3% of the vote, losing its absolute majority for only the second time since 1962. This is a result that is expected to make CSU an even…

Election joke

Monday, October 15, 2018

“Daddy,” a little girl asked her father, “do all fairy tales begin with ‘Once upon a time’? ” “No, sweetheart,” he answered. “Some begin with ‘If I am elected.'”

Latvian parties remain cautious after second day of government talks; five parties continue talks

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Parties elected to the 13th Saeima remain cautious after the second day of government formation talks. Political powers remain reluctant to reveal the composition of the potential government. Five parties continue government formation talks – New Conservative Party, KPV LV, National Alliance ‘All for Latvia!’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’, New Unity and Attīstībai/Par. NCP has completed its round of talks with all political parties. The party has also made it…

Opinion digest: Media comments on Sunday’s Saeima election in Latvia

Monday, October 8, 2018

Seven parties made it into the Saeima in Latvia’s parliamentary election on Sunday, with Riga Mayor Nils Ušakovs’ Saskaņa/Harmony scoring the biggest number of votes at still just 19%. This means that the largest group in the Saeima will only have 23 mandates, with a broad coalition to be negotiated. Saskaņa is followed by the New Conservative Party with 16 seats, KPV LV with 16 seats, the National Alliance with…

Harmony, KPV LV, New Conservative Party win 13th Saeima elections

Monday, October 8, 2018

Harmony party, KPV LV, and the New Conservative Party earned the highest number of votes cast in Latvia’s parliamentary elections after counting all votes from the polling stations located in Latvia, according to information available on the Central Election Commission’s website. Harmony won the election with 19.91% of votes. KPV LV followed with 14.06% and the New Conservative Party with 13.6% voter support. For Development/For! earned 12.04% and the National…