Tag Archives: Election 2017

Venezuela: Deadly protests mar ballot as voters snub Maduro assembly

Source: Reuters

"Deadly protests rocked Venezuela on Sunday as voters broadly boycotted an election for a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed would begin a "new era of combat" in the crisis-stricken nation. Anti-Maduro activists wearing hoods or masks erected barricades on roads, and scuffles broke out with security forces who moved in quickly to disperse demonstrators who denounced the election as a naked power grab by the president. Authorities said 10 people were killed in the confrontations, which made Sunday one of the deadliest days since massive protests started in early April." (07/30/17)

https://in.reuters.com/article/venezuela-politics-idINKBN1AG09E

Venezuela: One killed, four wounded in election violence

Source: ABC News

"Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans lined up across the country and in expatriate communities around the world Sunday to vote in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that's raising tensions in a nation battered by shortages and anti-government protests. A 61-year-old woman was killed and four people wounded in shooting that erupted after government supporters on motorcycles swarmed an opposition polling site in a church in the traditionally pro-government Catia neighborhood of western Caracas. … The government calls the opposition vote a manipulation aimed at destabilizing the country, and has been urging its supporters to participate in the constitutional assembly, which it calls a way of restoring peace to Venezuela." (07/16/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuelan-opposition-hopes-big-turnout-protest-vote-48663799

Mongolia: Presidential election forced to second round

Source: US News & World Report

"No candidate has won an outright victory in Mongolia's presidential election meaning the first ever run-off between two leading candidates will be held next month, the General Election Committee said on Tuesday. A populist former martial arts star Khaltmaa Battulga of the opposition Democratic Party won the most votes in the Monday election, but failed to secure the majority required, the committee said. He will face ruling Mongolian People's Party (MPP) candidate Miyeegombo Enkhbold, who came second, in a run-off on July 9, the committee's chairman, Choinzon Tsodnomtseren, told a news briefing. The election has been seen as a referendum on the government's economic recovery plans and China's role in the remote, resource-rich country known as the birthplace of Mongol emperor Genghis Khan." (06/27/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-06-26/no-decisive-winner-in-mongolia-presidential-vote-election-committee

UK: May's Tories seal governing deal with DUP

Source: Bloomberg

"Prime Minister Theresa May kept her grip on power by reaching a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which will support her minority government in key votes in the U.K. Parliament. Broadcasters aired footage of Conservative Chief Whip Gavin Williamson and the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson, the party’s longest-serving member of the Westminster Parliament, signing the accord and shaking hands. … The so-called confidence and supply agreement caps 17 days of discussions after the Conservatives unexpectedly lost their parliamentary majority in this month’s snap election. With May relying on the DUP’s 10 lawmakers to win votes in the House of Commons, talks have centered on extra money for Northern Ireland and plans for the U.K.’s exit from the European Union." (06/26/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-26/may-seals-u-k-governing-deal-with-northern-ireland-s-dup

GA: Republicans hang on to House seat in special election

Source: The Hill

"Republican Karen Handel is projected to win Georgia's special House election, dealing a major blow to Democrats who were hoping to score an early win against President Trump ahead of the 2018 midterms. Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in what had become the most expensive House race in history. Republicans could tout the victory as evidence that backlash to Trump won't win the House for Democrats. Georgia's suburban Atlanta district has been a Republican stronghold for decades, with former Speaker Newt Gingrich among the prominent politicians who have held the seat. Voters in the district repeatedly reelected Tom Price, whose appointment to be Trump's Health and Human Services secretary brought on the special election." (06/20/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/338675-republicans-hang-on-to-house-seat-in-key-georgia-election

Nobody won the Brexit election — but we Leavers risk losing now

Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

"There is a far bigger issue in UK politics now than the survival prospects of hopeless Tory prime minister Theresa May. The future of Brexit is on the line, as the pro-EU elites seek to exploit the indecisive result of the General Election. The question of whether Britain really will withdraw from the anti-democratic institutions of the European Union is in serious doubt. The danger is that we end up with a sort of Remain-by-another-name. That would mark a serious defeat for democracy. It would mean that the vote to Leave by 17.4million last June has been effectively overturned by elitist political manoeuvres inside and outside parliament." (06/13/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/nobody-won-the-brexit-election-but-we-leavers-risk-losing-now/

UK: May delays Queen's Speech as she grapples to lead minority government

Source: Sky News [UK]

"Theresa May's Queen's Speech has been thrown into chaos after she was forced to delay it, according to Sky sources. The Prime Minister has postponed the key address — due to be on 19 June — as she grapples with how to control a minority government. The Queen is expected to attend Parliament a few days later to give the speech that reveals that year's legislative agenda. A Labour spokesperson responded: 'Number 10's failure to confirm the date of the Queen's speech shows that this government is in chaos, as it struggles to agree a backroom deal with a party with abhorrent views on LGBT and women's rights.'" (06/12/17)

http://news.sky.com/story/david-davis-admits-government-may-pursue-softer-brexit-10913263

France: Macron tightens grip on Assembly as old guard ejected

Source: Bloomberg

"President Emmanuel Macron expanded his control of French politics as voters put his party on track to a sweeping majority in the National Assembly in the first round of legislative elections, ousting establishment stalwarts in the process. The new president’s year-old party, Republic on the Move, won 32.3 percent of the vote alongside its centrist ally MoDem, more than 13 percentage points ahead of the Republicans’ group, according to the Interior Ministry’s final vote count. The first round was marked by record-low turnout with less than half the registered voters casting a ballot. In an alliance with the centrist MoDem party, Macron’s group will have between 415 and 455 seats out of 577 in the lower house of parliament, according to projections by Ipsos." (06/12/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-11/macron-tightens-grip-on-france-as-voters-offer-assembly-majority

The return of two-party politics? Dream on

Source: spiked
by Brendan O'Neill

"Amid all the gasps over the UK election result, there has also been an audible sigh of relief in political and media circles. And it’s growing louder. It might even turn into the loudest cry of the post-election moment. It’s a sigh which basically says: yes, Theresa May’s failure to get a majority could scupper the Brexit negotiations, and yes Jeremy Corbyn’s gain in seats has rattled and discomfited many, but at least we’re returning to two-party politics. At least British politics, following daft forays into new parties and populist experiments, is anchoring itself once more upon that binary we all like and understand: Blue / Red, Right / Left. Everyone is saying this — and they’re all wrong. The return to two-party politics is entirely illusory." (06/09/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-return-of-two-party-politics-dream-on-general-election-result/

The general election: Where to go next

Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

"The reason I hoped for a small Conservative majority was my fear that a vast mandate would let them set about passing more police state laws. They now have that small majority, and will be advised to try passing very few contentious laws. There are obvious reforms needed to welfare and education. But these are not pressing, and can be put off to another Parliament. Censoring the Internet is best avoided on the grounds of practicality. So too dropping more bombs in the Middle East, and provoking Russia. If they can hold together, and get us out of the European Union on reasonable terms, they may not be able to get a two thirds majority for another dissolution. Even so, they will be back in business, and can expect a decent majority when the next election falls due according to law. Or, if they lose the next election, they can remain in being, and hope to win the one after." (06/11/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/06/11/the-general-election-where-to-go-next/