Official results released by the Election Commission of Sri Lanka on Sunday morning showed that Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidate Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had won the presidential election with around 52 percent of the vote, with his main rival and New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate Sajith Premadasa receiving just 43 percent. With the vote swinging convincingly in favour of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, India is likely to tread carefully with Colombo given the Rajapaksa clan’s past overtures towards China, two former Indian diplomats said. “Rajapaksa has won primarily because of the majoritarian Sinhala vote bank; especially the votes of the extreme-minded ones in the Sinhala community and the Buddhist clergy. Premadasa, on the other hand, has secured more votes from the 15 percent Tamil and 10 percent Muslim communities in Sri Lanka,” said Ambassador K.P. Fabian, India’s former envoy to Qatar and Italy. Saturday’s election outcome could have many … [Read more...] about Aware of Likely China Tilt, India Will Engage With Sri Lanka Carefully, Ex-Diplomats Say
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Labour's latest "retail offer" of free broadband for all showed - if it still needed showing - voters are being handed a choice of rival ideologies as stark as any we've seen since Margaret Thatcher took on Labour's Michael Foot in 1983.Younger voters may imagine this is what normal politics looks like. It isn't. Or at least, it wasn't.All the parties are desperate to grab the attention of an electorate which has never trusted its politicians less, or been less tightly bound by old party loyalties. So far, the 2019 general election has been unlike any in living memory.Trust between people and politicians - as measured, for example, by the YouGov "Trust Index" - has never been lower in modern times.Party loyalties have never been looser.Monday's quarterly GDP figures set the economic tone. Annual economic growth at 1% was nothing to celebrate, even if the UK hadn't actually tipped into recession.And yet the spending arms race picked up speed; the Tory promise of £34bn extra cash … [Read more...] about General election 2019: A campaign unlike any other?
Nicola Sturgeon has warned Labour and the Tories that the case for a fresh independence referendum has grown stronger after the Scottish National party’s sweeping victory in the European elections. The first minister was jubilant after the SNP won three of Scotland’s six European seats after sweeping aside the Scottish Labour party, which suffered the humiliating loss of both its MEPs after securing less than 10% of the vote. Speaking before she held talks in Dublin with the taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, Sturgeon said the scale of the SNP’s triumph should send a clear signal to parties at Westminster that Scotland had again emphatically rejected Brexit. “Scotland said no to Brexit in 2016. This result makes clear: we meant it,” Sturgeon said, before confirming to journalists in Dublin that the Scottish government would publish draft legislation on a second independence referendum later this week. In all, pro-remain parties won 62% of the vote in Scotland, with … [Read more...] about Sturgeon: strong case for independence vote after EU elections
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Near-final results from Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Moldova showed no party secured a majority, a result that could leave the former Soviet republic in limbo between pro-Western and pro-Russia forces. With 97 percent of the votes counted early Monday, the broadly pro-Russia opposition Socialists had 31.5 percent, while the pro-European group ACUM had 25.9 percent. The incumbent Democratic Party was trailing in third place with 24.1 percent. The election comes as the Democratic Party’s governing alliance has lost support over rampant corruption, falling living standards and the erosion of democracy in Moldova, a small landlocked nation between Romania and Ukraine. President Igor Dodon forecast another election in the coming months. “We have a major risk of early elections,” he said after casting his ballot. An inconclusive outcome could lead to instability, and Dodon and pro-Europe leader Maia Sandu have warned of … [Read more...] about Early results: No party secures majority in Moldova ballot
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru ABUJA – THE Presidency has said that it was not perturbed by the decision of the candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to challenge the outcome of the February 23 Presidential election in court. President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, was on the early hours of Wednesday declared winner of the presidential election by the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Yakub Mamood who was also the Returning Officer for the presidential poll. Just in: PDP demands end to results collation Speaking to State House correspondent after a dinner hosted by President Buhari for some of the APC members at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha said that but the Nigerian Constitution and the Electoral Act have made the provision for any candidate that is dissatisfied with election result to seek redress in … [Read more...] about Poll result: We ‘re not bothered by Atiku’s threat to go to court – Presidency