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UK POLITICS: Conservatives Gain Parliament Seat

UK POLITICS: Conservatives Gain Parliament Seat

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives secured a landmark victory in a parliamentary by-election, strengthening her hand ahead of Brexit negotiations as her rivals suffered damaging setbacks.

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UK POLITICS: Conservatives Wins Landmark Election Victory

UK POLITICS: Conservatives Wins Landmark Election Victory

Conservatives captured the northwestern seat of Copeland that Labour have held since 1935, the first by-election gain for a governing party for 35 years and a result that piles pressure on the opposition’s under-fire socialist leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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UK POLITICS: Labour Wins Stoke By-Election, Holds Off UKIP

UK POLITICS: Labour Wins Stoke By-Election, Holds Off UKIP

Labour Party won by a comfortable margin over UKIP, with Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives in third.

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FRANCE POLITICS: Marine Le Pen Favourites to Win: POLL

FRANCE POLITICS: Marine Le Pen Favourites to Win: POLL

Marine Le Pen remains favourite to win the first round of France’s presidential election but would lose the May 7 runoff against either the centre-right’s Francois Fillon or centrist Emmanuel Macron, two polls showed on Thursday.

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FRANCE POLITICS: Game Changer! Bayrou Boosts Macron With Alliance

FRANCE POLITICS: Game Changer! Bayrou Boosts Macron With Alliance

“I have decided to offer Emmanuel Macron an alliance. The danger is too big we must change things,” Francois Bayrou told a news conference, describing his decision as a “sacrifice”.

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ECUADOR POLITICS: Trans Ecuadorians Vote for First Time

ECUADOR POLITICS: Trans Ecuadorians Vote for First Time

Ecuadorean transgender people on Sunday voted for the first time according to their affirmed gender, in what activists say are signs of progress in the socially conservative and Catholic Andean nation.

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FRANCE POLITICS: Le Pen Gains Narrows Gap Against Macron, Fillon: Poll

FRANCE POLITICS: Le Pen Gains Narrows Gap Against Macron, Fillon: Poll

The Opinionway poll of voting intentions had Le Pen easily beating her four main rivals and winning the April 23 first round with a score of 27 percent to move through to the two-way runoff against either Macron or Fillon.

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ECUADOR POLITICS: Election Update: Lenin Moreno Within Striking Distance of Winning First Round

ECUADOR POLITICS: Election Update: Lenin Moreno Within Striking Distance of Winning First Round

With eight candidates, Moreno was close to the threshold needed to avoid an April runoff and continue a decade-long period of leftist rule, just as South America is moving to the right.

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NETHERLAND POLITICS: Geert Wilders Election Campaign Takes Center Stage

NETHERLAND POLITICS: Geert Wilders Election Campaign Takes Center Stage

“There is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe,” Wilders said. “If you want to regain your country, make the Netherlands for the people of the Netherlands again, then you can only vote for one party.”

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ECUADOR POLITICS: Guillermo Lasso Vows to Remove Wikileaks Assange

ECUADOR POLITICS: Guillermo Lasso Vows to Remove Wikileaks Assange

Conservative former banker Guillermo Lasso is the opposition’s frontrunner in Sunday’s presidential election.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Parties Fear Election Ban As Socialists Dig in

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Parties Fear Election Ban As Socialists Dig in

Venezuela’s government is pushing forward with measures that could exclude some opposition political parties from future elections, potentially paving the way for the ruling Socialists to remain in power despite widespread anger over the country’s collapsing economy.

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NETHERLAND POLITICS: Geert Wilders Frontrunner As Election Campaign Begins

NETHERLAND POLITICS: Geert Wilders Frontrunner As Election Campaign Begins

Wilders, a eurosceptic, anti-immigration fan of Trump, has dubbed the March 15 parliamentary election the start of a “Patriotic Spring” in Europe, where French and German voters go to the polls in May and September.

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UK POLITICS: 23 February Stoke-on-Trent Election to Take Center Stage

UK POLITICS: 23 February Stoke-on-Trent Election to Take Center Stage

Candidates running to replace Tristram Hunt are: Labour: Gareth Snell, Ukip: Paul Nuttall, Conservative: Jack Brereton, Liberal Democrat: Zulfiqar Ali.

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GHANA POLITICS: Post-Election Fiscal Crunch is Politics As Normal

GHANA POLITICS: Post-Election Fiscal Crunch is Politics As Normal

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has taken power with ambitious plans to revive economic growth, only to discover a $1.6 billion hole in the budget and a deficit twice as high as expected.

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SWITZERLAND POLITICS: Voters Approve Making it Easier For Third-Generation Immigrants to Get Citizenship

SWITZERLAND POLITICS: Voters Approve Making it Easier For Third-Generation Immigrants to Get Citizenship

Around a quarter of neutral Switzerland’s population is foreign, a relatively high rate in comparison with other countries that make it easier for the children and grandchildren of immigrants to be naturalised.

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GERMANY POLITICS: AfD Votes to Expel Lawmaker Who Criticized Holocaust Memorial

GERMANY POLITICS: AfD Votes to Expel Lawmaker Who Criticized Holocaust Memorial

Two-thirds of regional AfD leaders voted during a conference call to start a legal process within the party to oust Hoecke, who said in a statement he regrets the party’s decision.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Frank-Walter Steinmeier Elected President

GERMANY POLITICS: Frank-Walter Steinmeier Elected President

Steinmeier, a Social Democrat who had served as foreign minister until last month, won 931 of the 1,239 valid votes by lawmakers and representatives of Germany’s 16 federal states. There 103 abstentions and 14 votes were invalid.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: What Liberal Party With One Nation Preference Deal Could Mean at Election

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: What Liberal Party With One Nation Preference Deal Could Mean at Election

The success of the Liberal Party’s preference deal with One Nation in WA could be determined by how many support staff are available to hand out how-to-vote cards on the day, according to a political analyst.

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INDIA POLITICS: Modi Faces Election Test As Voting Begins in Uttar Pradesh

INDIA POLITICS: Modi Faces Election Test As Voting Begins in Uttar Pradesh

“The results will tell us whether Modi continues to enjoy unquestioned support or if it has started to erode,” said R.K. Mishra, an independent political analyst based in the state capital, Lucknow.

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INDONESIA POLITICS: Voters Urged to Vote For Yudhoyono or Baswedan

INDONESIA POLITICS: Voters Urged to Vote For Yudhoyono or Baswedan

“Jakarta will be led by a Muslim leader who submits to the will of Allah,” he added, urging his listeners to choose Yudhoyono or Baswedan. “Jakarta will be a religious city.”

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