Latest Parliamentary elections News

EXPLAINER: How and when Germany will form a new government

Sep. 27, 2021 05:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's voters have delivered their verdict. Now it's up to party leaders to thrash out who will succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel after 16 years in office and with what political priorities. The shape of Germany's new Bundestag, or lower house of...

Shadow contracts, corruption keep the lights out in Iraq

Sep. 27, 2021 05:01 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, glossy election campaign posters are plastered alongside jungles of sagging electrical wires lining the alleyway to Abu Ammar’s home. But his mind is far from Iraq’s Oct. 10 federal election. The 56-year-old...

The Latest: Social Democrats beat Merkel bloc in German vote

Sep. 26, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

The latest on Germany's general election on Sunday: The center-left Social Democrats have won the biggest share of the vote in Germany’s national election, beating outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc in a closely fought race. ...

2 women, political opposites, vying in race for Japan PM

Sep. 26, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The inclusion of two women among the four candidates vying to become the next prime minister seems like a big step forward for Japan's notoriously sexist politics. But their fate is in the hands of a conservative, mostly male governing party — and the leading female candidate...

So close! Iceland almost gets female-majority parliament

Sep. 26, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland briefly celebrated electing a female-majority parliament Sunday, before a recount produced a result just short of that landmark for gender parity in the North Atlantic island nation. The initial vote count had female candidates winning...

German climate activists end hunger strike ahead of election

Sep. 26, 2021 01:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two climate activists ended their hunger strike outside parliament after a leading candidate for chancellor of Germany agreed to a public meeting with them following Sunday's general election. The decision came just hours after the hunger strikers had...

Protesters in Moscow allege online election tampering

Sep. 25, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — About 400 demonstrators gathered in central Moscow to protest alleged tampering in the national parliament election in which the dominant pro-Kremlin party retained a constitutional majority. The Saturday demonstration at Pushkin Square was organized by...

Icelanders vote with climate change on everyone's mind

Sep. 25, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Icelanders were voting Saturday in a general election dominated by climate change, with an unprecedented number of political parties likely to win parliamentary seats. Polls suggest there won’t be an outright winner, triggering complex...

German election to set direction after 16 years under Merkel

Sep. 25, 2021 02:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's closely fought election on Sunday will set the direction of the European Union's most populous country after 16 years under Angela Merkel, whose party is scrambling to avoid defeat by its center-left rivals after a rollercoaster campaign. The environmentalist Greens...

Thunberg joins large German climate rally ahead of election

Sep. 24, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands of environmental activists staged a rally outside Germany's parliament Friday, two days before the country holds a national election, to demand that politicians take stronger action to curb climate change. The protest outside the...