Latest Parliamentary elections News

Albania heads to polls after a bitter political fight

Apr. 23, 2021 04:18 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania holds parliamentary elections on Sunday amid the virus pandemic and a bitter political rivalry between the country’s two largest political parties. Albania, with its population of 2.8 million, has been a NATO member since 2009 and is...

German minister denies responsibility in Wirecard scandal

Apr. 22, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's finance minister denied any responsibility on his or the government's part for the scandal surrounding collapsed payment systems provider Wirecard, as he testified before lawmakers on Thursday. Wirecard filed for protection from creditors through...

Shooting in Albania leaves 1 dead, 4 injured before election

Apr. 21, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A shooting outside Albania's capital that reportedly was linked to political party activists before a parliamentary election this week killed one person and injured four others on Wednesday, according to police and media reports. A police...

Albania’s president harshly attacks PM ahead of Sunday polls

Apr. 21, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s president waded deep into the country's parliamentary election campaign Wednesday, accusing the left-wing government of running a “kleptocratic regime” and bungling its pandemic response. In an interview with The Associated Press,...

Prime minister hopes to make Albania a 'tourism champion'

Apr. 20, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister hopes to win reelection this weekend so he can work on making one of Europe's poorest countries a “champion of tourism.” The negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Albania's economy is a key issue in Sunday's...

Laschet wins battle to lead Merkel's bloc in German election

Apr. 20, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Armin Laschet, the governor of Germany’s most populous state, emerged victorious Tuesday from a bruising power struggle and became the candidate of Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc to succeed the longtime chancellor in the country's September election. ...

Greens bid for German chancellery as Merkel's bloc squabbles

Apr. 19, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s environmentalist Greens announced Monday that co-leader Annalena Baerbock will make the party's first bid for the chancellery in the September national election, while Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc was mired in a power struggle. ...

Georgian opposition parties sign deal to end crisis

Apr. 19, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia edged closer to ending a months-long political crisis after several opposition parties signed a deal Monday that was brokered by the European Union. However, the biggest opposition force, the United National Movement, refrained from...

Israel's Netanyahu backs bill for direct election for PM

Apr. 19, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing for a new law to allow the direct election of the nation's leader as a way to break the country's two-year political deadlock. The proposal could guarantee Netanyahu another term as prime minister...

EXPLAINER: Jerusalem dispute could derail Palestinian vote

Apr. 19, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A dispute over voting in east Jerusalem is threatening to cancel or delay the first Palestinian elections in more than 15 years. While President Mahmoud Abbas is vowing to hold the vote, Israeli restrictions on Palestinian voters in east Jerusalem could...