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Ruling Party Leads in Ukraine Parliament Vote

Posted October 29th, 2012 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s ruling party is on course to maintain a parliamentary majority after Sunday’s elections. The election commission said Monday, with about a third of the votes counted, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s ruling Party of the Regions had won more than 36 percent of the votes. The Communist Party of Ukraine, Mr. Yanukovych’s parliamentary ally, is […]

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Opposition Parties Win Lithuanian Elections

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Lithuanian opposition parties that won Sunday’s parliamentary elections held talks early Monday on forming a new government. The leftist Social Democrats and the Labor Party, plus the populist Order and Justice party said they have agreed to form a three-party coalition, with the post of prime minister going to the Social Democrats. The parties […]

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Leftist Coalition Set to Win Lithuanian Elections

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A partial vote count in Lithuania suggests that opposition leftist parties are on track to win a second round of voting in parliamentary elections in the Baltic state. The Social Democratic Party and the Labor Party apparently have benefited from voter anger over austerity measures imposed by Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius. Both parties ran on […]

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Palestinians Hold Elections in West Bank

Posted October 20th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Palestinians are voting in local elections Saturday across parts of the West Bank, the first time they have gone to the polls in six years. The territory has over a half million registered voters. Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the Gaza Strip, is boycotting the election. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah […]

Opposition Leading Lithuanian Elections

Posted October 14th, 2012 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Lithuania’s left-wing opposition has taken the lead in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Exit polls show the left-wing Labor Party in first place, receiving nearly 20 percent of the vote while their likely coalition partners the center-left Social Democrats were in second with 18 percent. Meanwhile the conservative Homeland Union, led by Prime Minister Andrius Kubillius, was […]

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EU Calls Ukraine Elections a ‘Litmus Test’ of Democratic Credentials

Posted October 12th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union says upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine will be a “litmus test” of the country’s democratic credentials, and has called on Ukrainian officials to ensure that all parties and candidates are treated equally. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele made the statement Friday. They welcomed Ukraine’s stated […]

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Georgia’s Ivanishvili Urges Supporters to Stop Protests

Posted October 4th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Georgia’s Bidzina Ivanishvili is urging supporters of his coalition to stop street protests against the country’s outgoing government. Ivanishvili told reporters Thursday all election-related disputes should be resolved in courts. He said his Georgian Dream coalition is now in power and will soon take control of parliament. Ivanishvili’s coalition defeated the United National Movement of […]

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Georgia’s Ivanishvili Backtracks on Call for President to Resign

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of Georgia’s opposition coalition, Bidzina Ivanishvili, is backtracking on his call for President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign. Ivanishvili, whose coalition won Georgia’s parliamentary elections, said Wednesday he was not issuing an ultimatum in asking Mr. Saakashvili to step down. Ivanishvili also offered to cooperate with the incumbent president on the formation of a […]

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Georgia’s Ivanishvili Backtracks on Call for President to Resign

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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The winner of Georgia’s parliamentary elections, Bidzina Ivanishvili, is backtracking on his call for President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign. Ivanishvili said Wednesday he was not issuing an ultimatum in asking Mr. Saakashvili to step down. Ivanishvili also offered to cooperate with the incumbent president on the formation of a new government. Earlier, Georgia parliament speaker […]

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Saakashvili’s Party Concedes Defeat, Georgia Set for Transition

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Georgia is heading into a political transition after the opposition defeated the ruling party of President Mikheil Saakashvili in Monday’s parliamentary election. President Saakashvili conceded defeat Tuesday to the Georgian Dream coalition led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili. Mr. Saakashvili pledged in a televised statement to help the opposition form a new government. He will remain […]

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