Istanbul candidates clash on TV before election test for Erdogan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Istanbul’s mayoral candidates argued over the election they contested in March in a rare televised debate on Sunday, a week before a re-run vote seen as a test of Turkish democracy and the reach of President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK party. In the first televised debate of its kind in the country in nearly two decades, AKP candidate […]

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Europe's rising far-right tries to bury differences to wield clout

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s nationalist forces gained some ground at the European Parliament elections, but face an uphill task to unite behind common goals and lure other parties into disrupting the pro-EU majority’s policies. Spearheading that challenge is Italy’s Matteo Salvini, whose League party has become the driving eurosceptic force and wants to bring together like-minded parties scattered across several […]

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Austria set for snap election as right-wing coalition collapses over Russia influence

Berlin: Austria's chancellor called on Saturday for snap elections after the country's far-right vice-chancellor resigned over a secretly filmed video from 2017 that renewed questions about whether Russia had a direct line into a government at the heart of Europe. The video showed Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache of the far-right Freedom Party promising government contracts to a woman claiming to be […]

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Austrian president says snap election needed, details open

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen on Saturday said a snap election was necessary after the leader of the far-right Freedom Party stepped down as vice chancellor. Van der Bellen said in a statement to the media that he had discussed the snap election with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who called an end to his coalition with the […]

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Australia's conservative government on course for 'miracle' election victory

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s Liberal-led conservative government was headed for a remarkable win at the national election early on Sunday after uncovering a narrow path to victory that twisted through urban fringes and rural townships. The results upended pre-election polls which predicted a Labor victory, though it is unclear whether the Scott Morrison-led coalition can govern with an outright majority […]

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South Africa's ANC celebrates election win with street party

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) took to the streets of downtown Johannesburg on Sunday to celebrate victory in last week’s election despite a lower share of the vote. The ANC won 57.5% of the parliamentary vote and retained power in eight of nine provinces in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first poll test since […]

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South Africa's ANC celebrates election victory in downtown Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) took to the streets of downtown Johannesburg on Sunday to celebrate their party’s victory in last week’s election despite a lower share of the vote. The ANC won 57.5% of the parliamentary vote and retained power in eight of nine provinces in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first test […]

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