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Macron Won't Accept PM's Resignation After Shock Elections

It's a 'government in limbo' in France, with no coalition claiming enough seats to assume control

(Newser) - After a surprising turn in France's snap elections that kept the far-right National Rally out of power , but with no faction in complete control of the government, President Emmanuel Macron made moves on Monday to attempt to create some structure as the dust settles. First order of the day:...

Iran's New President Beat a Hard-Liner Opponent

Reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian wins runoff election against Saeed Jalili

(Newser) - Reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian won Iran's runoff presidential election on Saturday, besting hard-liner Saeed Jalili by promising to reach out to the West and ease enforcement on the country's mandatory-headscarf law after years of sanctions and protests squeezing the Islamic Republic. Pezeshkian promised no radical changes to Iran'...

Wisconsin Court Flips Decision on Ballot Drop Boxes

Trump had argued they were enabling vote fraud

(Newser) - Two years after the state Supreme Court ruled that many unsupervised drop boxes for absentee ballots are illegal, Wisconsin's voters were told Friday that they can use them again. The decision is a victory for Democrats who maintain that the boxes make voting more accessible, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ...

Sunak Could Lose His Seat in Tory Wipeout
Sunak's Party
Set for Historic
Loss in UK

Sunak's Party Set for Historic Loss in UK Elections

In a big first, even the prime minister could lose his seat

(Newser) - This year, the Fourth of July is Election Day in the UK—and it's expected to be Rishi Sunak's last day as prime minister, with polls suggesting his Conservative Party faces a loss of historic proportions. The party held 349 of the 650 seats in Parliament when Sunak...

A Virtual Candidate? You Knew It Had to Happen
AI Candidate
Is Running
for Office

AI Candidate Is Running for Office

'AI Steve' is running for MP in England

(Newser) - Artificial intelligence is known to make things up and manipulate people —could a career in politics be far behind? Not in southern England, where businessman Steve Endacott claims he has put an "AI candidate" on the UK general election ballot, the Guardian reports. Endacott says he'll personally...

Mexico Decides Scores of Races
Mexico Decides Next President

Mexico Decides Next President

Major candidates are women, setting up a first for the nation

(Newser) - Mexicans will likely choose the first female president in the country's history Sunday between a former academic who promises to further the current leader's populist policies and an ex-senator and tech entrepreneur who pledges to up the fight against deadly drug cartels. Nearly 100 million people are registered...

Indian Voting Ends With Polls Showing Modi in Control

Analysts caution the projections are not always reliable

(Newser) - India's six-week national election came to an end Saturday with most exit polls projecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to extend his decade in power with a third consecutive term. During the grueling, multiphase election, candidates crisscrossed the country, poll workers hiked to remote villages, and voters lined...

'It Is My Intention to Become Catalonia's Next President'

Socialist Party of ex-Health Minister Salvador Illa makes gains in election, separatists lose majority

(Newser) - Six years after plunging Spain into its worst political crisis in decades, Catalonia's separatist parties are in danger of losing their hold on power in the northeastern region after the pro-union Socialist Party scored a historic result in Sunday's election. The four pro-independence parties, led by the Together...

Boris Johnson Turned Away From Polling Station

Man who introduced voter ID law forgot his ID

(Newser) - In local elections across England and Wales on Thursday, voters were required to bring photo ID under a law introduced by Boris Johnson—who forgot his ID. The former prime minister was turned away from his local polling station in South Oxfordshire, though he was able to vote later in...

Schumer: It's Time for Netanyahu to Go

Highest-ranking Jewish official in US calls for new elections in Israel

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer delivered a remarkable rebuke to Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, declaring that it's time for new leadership in the nation.
  • Netanyahu "has lost his way by allowing his political survival to take precedence over the best interests of Israel," said Schumer,

In Mexico's 'Macho' Culture, This Election Is Very Different

Leading polls are 2 women: Claudia Sheinbaum, with 59%, and Xochitl Galvez, with 36%

(Newser) - Campaigning formally starts on Friday for the biggest election in Mexico's history. Voters will choose the president, along with the winners of 628 seats in Congress and tens of thousands of local positions, per the AP . The country of 130 million people has often been marked by its "...

5 Takeaways (Including Trump's) on Suozzi's Win in NY
5 Takeaways
(Including Trump's)
on Suozzi's
Win in NY

5 Takeaways (Including Trump's) on Suozzi's Win in NY

Ex-president insists Dem congressman-elect 'can be easily beaten' in November, plus other perspectives

(Newser) - A Democrat has taken back disgraced former Congressman George Santos ' Long Island seat—and among those weighing in on Tom Suozzi's win Tuesday was former (and possibly future) President Trump. "Just watched this very foolish woman, Mazi Melesa Pilip, running in a race where she didn't...

Finland Sends Ex-Leader to Runoff
Finland Sends
Ex-Leader to Runoff

Finland Sends Ex-Leader to Runoff

Alexander Stubb will meet former foreign minister in race for president

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb won the first round of Finland's presidential election on Sunday and will face ex-Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, the runner-up, in a runoff next month. The vote centered on the Nordic nation's new role as a NATO front-line country with Russia and the security...

Virginia County Finds 4K Misreported Votes From 2020

Joe Biden was shorted during the last election, per officials in Prince William County

(Newser) - Former President Trump complains often about the results of the last presidential election, with no evidence to back up his claims, but in one part of Virginia, it's current President Biden who could have a valid beef. Per the Hill , officials in Prince William County have revealed that about...

China Won't Be Thrilled at Taiwan's New President

Lai Ching-te, member of pro-sovereignty Democratic Progressive Party, wins election

(Newser) - Ruling-party candidate Lai Ching-te emerged victorious in Taiwan's presidential election on Saturday and his opponents conceded, a result that will chart the trajectory of the self-ruled democracy's relations with China over the next four years. At stake is the peace and stability of the island, 100 miles off...

Taiwan's Election May Put China to the Test

Citizens will head to the polls Saturday to elect a new president, legislature

(Newser) - Taiwan is preparing to elect a president and legislature Saturday in what many see as a test of control with China, which claims the self-governing island republic as its own territory to be unified with force if necessary. The presidential race is tight, and both China and Taiwan's key...

Egypt's El-Sisi Nabs 3rd Term in Overwhelming Numbers

Even though economy is collapsing, voters hope president can offer security in war-torn Middle East

(Newser) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi easily won a third term in office this month, winning about 90% of the vote, according to a Monday announcement from election officials. But the Washington Post notes that emerging victorious in the election was the "easy part" for the 69-year-old leader, who's...

Populists Seek 'Convincing' Win to Cement Rule in Serbia

Observers report election irregularities, including violence and payoffs

(Newser) - President Aleksandar Vucic is looking to further tighten his grip on power in Serbia in an election on Sunday that has been marred by reports of major irregularities both during a tense campaign and on voting day. The main contest in the parliamentary and local elections was expected to be...

This Candidate Just Found Out Why Every Vote Counts

Damion Green didn't cast ballot for himself in bid for City Council, ended up losing by one vote

(Newser) - We've all heard since we were old enough to vote that "every vote counts," and it's a mantra that Damion Green won't soon forget. The 40-year-old auto body shop worker ran for City Council in his hometown of Rainier, Washington, in November, but when it...

Poles Square Off for Pivotal Election

Analysts say ruling party has moved against a fair vote

(Newser) - Poland is holding an election Sunday that many view as its most important one since the 1989 vote that toppled communism. At stake, the AP reports, are the health of the nation's democracy, its legal stance on LGBTQ+ rights and abortion, and the foreign alliances of a country on...

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