Macron camp talks up electoral reform plan as scale of likely landslide grows

By Danielle Rouqui? PARIS, Jun 16 : New French President Emmanuel Macron’s government reaffirmed today its plan for electoral reform as the scale of the likely parliamentary majority it is set to win grew and predicted voter turnout shrank. Two opinion polls ahead of Sunday’s second round of parliamentary elections said the centrist president and […]

Malta votes in snap election amid corruption scandal

By Chris Scicluna VALLETTA, Jun 3 : Maltese voters cast ballots in a snap election today called by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who has sought to fend off corruption allegations levelled at his wife and associates with a campaign touting the island’s solid economic performance. Muscat, leader of the Labour party whose five-year term was […]

Mass rallies end Cambodian election campaign; local polls a test for strongman PM

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Jun 2 : Hundreds of thousands of supporters of both Cambodia’s ruling party and the opposition held rallies in Phnom Penh today ahead of local elections on Sunday seen as a test of support for veteran strongman Hun Sen ahead of a 2018 general election. Prime Minister Hun Sen, […]

Lib Dems’ anti-Brexit message fails to rally British voters

By Michael Holden YEOVIL, England, Jun 2 : After almost half the voters in Britain’s referendum opted to stay in the EU, the only nationwide party with an unashamedly anti-Brexit stance believed its support would soar. Instead the Liberal Democrats are languishing in the polls, more likely to lose than gain seats in next week’s […]

From landslide to upset defeat – scenarios for May’s UK election

By William James and Patrick Graham LONDON, May 30 : British Prime Minister Theresa May’s narrowing lead in opinion polls ahead of the June 8 election has weakened sterling and raised questions over whether she will win the landslide predicted just a month ago. The vote will decide whether May or her Labour Party rival […]

Second Macron minister denies sleaze charge by government

By Brian Love and Simon Carraud PARIS, May 30 : Emmanuel Macron’s pledge of squeaky-clean leadership hit another snag today when a second minister in the government of the new French president had to deny accusations by political foes of financial misconduct days before parliamentary elections. In the latest twist ahead of the vote in […]