Tag Archives: Election 2017

South Korea: Moon declares win in presidential election

Source: Bloomberg

“Moon Jae-in declared victory in South Korea’s leadership race, pledging to unify the nation after nine years of conservative rule that culminated in the country’s biggest street protests since the 1980s. With 90 percent of ballots counted in Tuesday’s presidential election, Moon received 40.4 percent of votes, leading conservative Hong Joon-pyo, who had 25 percent. Centrist Ahn Cheol-soo was third with 21.5 percent. The winner needs a plurality of votes.” (05/09/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-09/moon-poised-to-win-south-korea-s-presidency-exit-poll-shows

UK: Corbyn says elites trying to “hijack” Brexit

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Jeremy Corbyn has said wealthy elites are trying to ‘hijack’ Brexit as he formally launched Labour’s campaign. Speaking in Manchester, the Labour leader said the question of whether the UK would leave the EU had been ‘settled’ and the task was to protect the national interest not show ‘who can be toughest with Brussels.’ He promised a reckoning for ‘tax cheats and greedy bankers’ after the election. ‘We have four weeks to show what kind of country we are,’ he said. In the run-up to the speech, Mr Corbyn insisted he would stay on as Labour leader even if the party loses at the general election.” (05/09/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-2017-39852719

Carter reveals he voted for Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton

Source: NBC News

“Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter revealed Monday night that he backed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in last year’s Democratic presidential primary. ‘Can y’all see why I voted for him?’ the 92-year-old Carter said of Sanders, who was seated next to him during a discussion hosted by the Carter Center on Human Rights in Atlanta. Carter kept his preference quiet during last year’s heated race between Clinton and Sanders, but his distaste for Hillary and Bill Clinton is an open secret. Carter would be Sander’s highest-ranking supporter in the Democratic Party.” (05/09/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/democrats-vs-trump/jimmy-carter-reveals-he-voted-bernie-sanders-over-hillary-clinton-n756846

In France, the center holds

Source: The American Conservative
by Noah Millman

“Marine Le Pen significantly underperformed expectations on election day yesterday, winning only slightly more than half of the votes won by president-elect Emmanuel Macron, or slightly more than a third of the total. Polls only a week ago showed her getting just above 40%, though over the past few days it was clear that she was bleeding rather than gaining support. Nonetheless, I think a lot of the commentariat expected that some combination of higher-than-estimated abstentions (turnout was indeed sharply down from recent prior elections) and enthusiasm by Le Pen’s base would lead to at least a small error in the opposite direction — a Macron win, but not an overwhelming one. But his victory was indeed overwhelming. Why did Le Pen underperform? I can think of several plausible reasons.” (05/08/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/millman/in-france-the-center-holds/

UK: Conservatives open up record polling lead

Source: Reuters

“British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party has opened up the biggest lead on record for polls conducted by research firm ICM, suggesting it remains on course for a sweeping win in a national election in a month’s time. An ICM poll published on Monday, which was conducted immediately after the Conservatives scored big wins in local elections last week, gave May’s party a 22-point lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of the June 8 national election. May caught her political rivals and investors unawares last month when she called the election, saying she wanted strong backing from voters before she launches into tough negotiations with the European Union about Britain’s departure from the bloc.” (05/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-election-poll-icm-idUSKBN1841NF

Facebook removes “tens of thousands” of accounts in attempt to fix upcoming UK election

Source: Engadget

“Facebook has doubled its efforts to tackle fake news in the UK. As the nation heads towards a snap general election, the company has removed ‘tens of thousands’ of accounts which it believes were involved in the spread of misinformation. The crack-down is attributed to new detection tools, first announced in April, which can spot suspicious patterns of activity, including repeat posting and sudden spikes in post volume. Tackling these bogus accounts will, as a byproduct, curb the spread of spam, fake news and other ‘deceptive content,’ Facebook claims.” (05/08/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/08/facebook-fake-news-accounts-uk-election/

France: Pro-EU Macron wins presidency

Source: Minneapolist Star Tribune

“Ripping up France’s political map, French voters elected independent centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country’s youngest president Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and dashing the populist dream of far-right rival Marine Le Pen. Macron, who had never run for office before, celebrated with thousands of jubilant, flag-waving supporters outside the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday night. … Marine Le Pen, his far-right opponent in the runoff, quickly called the 39-year-old Macron to concede after voters rejected her ‘French-first’ nationalism by a large margin. Le Pen’s performance punctured her hopes that the populist wave which swept Donald Trump into the White House and led Britain to vote to leave the EU would also carry her to France’s presidential Elysee Palace.” (05/07/17)

http://www.startribune.com/tense-france-chooses-new-president-deciding-europe-s-fate/421550573/

Who stands in the way of populists? The French case.

Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“A Marine Le Pen victory is seen by many as little short of a calamity: Le Pen openly questions French membership in the Eurozone (though recently she softened her tone) and proposes a blend of new protectionism that would wreck the EU ship altogether. On the top of that, Madame Le Pen leads a xenophobic party, whose roots are in Vichy France. The French right, which still worships the memory of General De Gaulle, has typically a strong anti-fascist bent. But this time at least one gaullist, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, has openly endorsed Le Pen. Dupont-Ainan comes with a valuable 4.70% of the votes which he scored in the first round. The other candidate, Emmanuel Macron, is at the same time the new face of politics and the favourite son of the establishment.” ()5/03/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/05/who_stands_in_t.html

Kenya: 62 charged after party primaries marred by violence, fraud

Source: Reuters

“Kenya has charged 62 people with offences linked to party primaries for national elections in August, including bribing voters and inciting violence, the prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday. The Aug. 8 presidential ballot between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga will run alongside elections for members of parliament and local officials. Devolution of some powers to county level under Kenyatta’s presidency, and the associated access to lucrative local budgets and high official salaries, has sparked intense interest in the local contests.” (05/03/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-politics-idUSKBN17Z1S6

When the facts change … the British election plays out

Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Tim Pendry

“Just under two weeks ago, it seemed simple. The issue was Brexit and that meant a simple decision – to go with a Government that promised to see it through against an Opposition that could not be trusted on the issue, perhaps despite itself. Two events have shifted opinion slightly though not yet decisively. The first is the sheer energy of the beleagured Labour Party. While everyone else is complacent or whining about things already done, Corbyn’s campaign team has come out slugging in all directions on matters that are quite separate from Brexit and which should be matters of public debate regardless of our entrapment in the European political project.” (05/02/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/05/02/when-the-facts-change-the-british-election-plays-out/