Latest Parliamentary elections News

Armenia votes in election triggered by war defeat

Jun. 20, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Polls have closed in Armenia’s national parliamentary election that was held to try to resolve tensions over last year’s defeat in fighting against Azerbaijan over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Sunday’s early election was...

Ex-UK Speaker Bercow, scourge of Brexiteers, joins Labour

Jun. 20, 2021 06:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Former U.K. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, a longtime Conservative lawmaker who gained international fame refereeing the country’s bruising political drama over Brexit, said Sunday he has switched allegiances and joined the opposition Labour Party. ...

Polarized by war, Armenia votes Sunday in an early election

Jun. 19, 2021 02:56 AM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's leader is facing a tough challenge at the polls after a humiliating defeat for Armenian forces in last year's fighting with Azerbaijan over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called the early...

UK's Conservatives suffer defeat in 'blue wall' seat

Jun. 18, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a surprising result, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has been easily defeated in a special election for a seat that it has held for decades. The Liberal Democrats, which was in a coalition government with the Conservatives...

AP Interview: Tibet exile leader hopes to resume China talks

Jun. 17, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The new president of the Tibetan exile government said on Thursday he will do his best to resume a dialogue with China after more than a decade, and that a visit by the Dalai Lama to Tibet could be the best step forward. The Buddhist spiritual...

Swedish leader to decide what's best after confidence vote

Jun. 17, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish prime minister said Thursday he will wait to learn the outcome of no-confidence vote and then “think through what is best for Sweden" after a government ally won support from three opposition parties to unseat him. If Prime...

Oldest party wins most seats in voting for 'new Algeria'

Jun. 15, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s oldest party, previously thought to be on the wane, won the largest number of seats in weekend legislative elections, the country's electoral authority announced Tuesday. The National Liberation Front, or FLN, secured 105 of 407...

Opposition wins Finland local elections, PM's party loses

Jun. 14, 2021 07:33 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — An opposition center-right party came top in Sunday’s local election in Finland, ahead of Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s ruling Social Democratic Party in the first election for the popular young leader who took office 18 months ago. With all votes...

EXPLAINER: Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel's new leader?

Jun. 14, 2021 01:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Naftali Bennett, who was sworn in Sunday as Israel's new prime minister, embodies many of the contradictions that define the 73-year-old nation. He's a religious Jew who made millions in the mostly secular hi-tech sector; a champion of the settlement...

Israel swears in new coalition, ending Netanyahu's long rule

Jun. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sending the polarizing leader into the opposition. Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned...