Albanian opposition joins government to clear vote obstacles

By Benet Koleka TIRANA, May 23 : Opposition ministers joined Albania’s government to ensure public resources and the police will not be used to sway the June 25 general election, hopefully setting the scene for a trouble-free vote. Yesterday a compromise deal between the ruling Socialist Party and the opposition Democratic Party also set in […]

France’s Macron acts on pledge to clean up politics

By Emmanuel Jarry PARIS, May 22 : President Emmanuel Macron’s new government moved quickly today to act on a campaign promise to tighten up on ethical standards in French politics after an election race marred by a embezzlement scandal. Justice Minister Francois Bayrou held talks with leading anti-corruption organisations Transparency International and Anticor and with […]

No time for Brexit delays, says UK’s May as poll lead slips

By William James LONDON, May 22 : British Prime Minister Theresa May will today urge voters to back her to deliver the country’s exit from the European Union, playing one of her strongest cards in the election campaign as opinion polls show that her party’s large lead has shrunk. A series of polls ahead of […]

Iran hardliners sulk after Rouhani win, say they must be heard

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin LONDON, May 21 : Iranian hardliners indignant at President Hassan Rouhani’s re-election vowed today to press their conservative agenda, with some saying his caustic campaign trail attacks on their candidate would bring a backlash. Rouhani won decisively with 57 per cent of the vote on Friday, with promises of more engagement with […]

US calls on Iran to halt support for ‘destabilizing forces’

By Yeganeh Torbati and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, May 20 : The United States today said it hoped Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s newly re-elected president, will halt his country’s support for “destabilizing forces”, end ballistic missile tests and carry out democratic reforms during his second term. “We hope that if Rouhani wanted to change Iran’s relationship with […]

Trump likely to keep pressure on Iran after Rouhani election win -experts

By Yeganeh Torbati and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, May 20 : The re-election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is unlikely to change the skepticism with which he is viewed by the Trump administration as the public face of a government opposed to US interests and allies in the Middle East, former US officials and analysts said. […]