By Anne Kauranen and Tarmo Virki HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's leftist Social Democrats won a parliamentary election on Sunday by a slight margin with 18.9 percent of votes, partial results showed, amid mounting concern among voters over the future of the country's expensive welfare system.The center-right National Coalition of outgoing Finance Minister Petteri Orpo came in second, with 16.7 percent of the advance votes, after 47 percent of ballots were counted. The Centre Party of Prime Minister Juha Sipila scored third, with 15.5 percent.If final results confirm the outcome, Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne could become Finland's first leftist prime minister in two decades. But the process of putting together a coalition could be drawn out because a fragmented parliament. Public broadcaster Yle is expected to publish its forecast of the final election result at 1830 GMT."For the first time in a long time, Social Democrats are the largest party," Rinne, a 56-year-old former union … [Read more...] about Finnish Social Democrats on top in partial election result
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Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press Updated 5:31 pm CST, Thursday, January 17, 2019 Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, center, leaves the Philadelphie Missionary Center after attending Sunday Mass in Kinshasa, Congo, Sunday Jan. 13, 2019. President elect Felix Tshisekedi was also scheduled to attend the service, but cancelled. less Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, center, leaves the Philadelphie Missionary Center after attending Sunday Mass in Kinshasa, Congo, Sunday Jan. 13, 2019. President elect Felix Tshisekedi was also ... more Photo: Jerome Delay, AP Photo: Jerome Delay, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, center, leaves the Philadelphie Missionary Center after attending Sunday Mass in Kinshasa, Congo, … [Read more...] about African Union urges Congo to suspend final election results
Updated 2:30 pm CST, Thursday, November 8, 2018 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House Democrats picked up at least one seat in this week's elections even as they waited Thursday for additional results that could break the chamber's long-running Republican supermajority. Republicans have held supermajorities of more than two-thirds in both the state House and the Senate since the 2012 election, allowing them to pass bills even if all Democrats boycotted votes. Democrats needed to pick up eight seats in the Senate to break its GOP supermajority, but got only one. The party needed to gain four House seats on Tuesday to break that chamber's Republican supermajority. They picked up one, the Lafayette-area House District 26, and were leading in two other close races — northwestern Indiana's House Districts 15 and 19, both of which have GOP incumbents. Meanwhile, the outcome of the fourth race — House District 4 — and the District 19 race remained unclear … [Read more...] about House Dems await election results, eyeing GOP supermajority
John Martin Evansville Courier & Press Published 5:58 PM EST Nov 7, 2018 EVANSVILLE, Ind. — It was a heavy turnout election, and voters remained in line in at least two sites when polls closed. So, some delay in the posting of returns on Tuesday night might have been expected. But the final election results for Vanderburgh County were still not known until 9:20 or so, more than three hours after vote centers closed at 6. That meant a long wait for candidates — some of whom were involved in extremely close contests — and everyone else interested in the outcomes. At 7:30, Vanderburgh County was the only major metropolitan area in Indiana with no election returns showing. U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon, whose Southwestern Indiana district includes 20 counties, was declared the winner of his race by the Associated Press at 7:45 p.m., before the district's most populous county, Vanderburgh, had any results posted at all. The results of … [Read more...] about What took Vanderburgh County election results so long?
WORLD NEWS 10/14/2018 03:19 pm ET The Christian Social Union acquired only about 36 percent of the vote, losing its absolute majority. Michael Nienaber, Paul Carrel and Jörn Poltz BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) ― Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies suffered their worst election result since 1950 on Sunday, bleeding votes to the far-right in a setback that immediately raised tensions within Germany’s crisis-prone national government. The Christian Social Union (CSU) won 35.6 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed, losing its absolute majority for only the second time since 1962 ― an outcome sure to stoke infighting in the conservative party, already a difficult partner for Merkel in Berlin. “Of course today is not an easy day for the CSU. We did not achieve a good result,” Bavarian premier Markus Soeder told a gathering of his party. “We accept the result with humility,” he said, adding that the CSU nonetheless … [Read more...] about Angela Merkel’s Bavarian Allies Suffer Worst Election Results Since 1950