09 Nov 2022

House, Senate changes could slow legislative momentum for cybersecurity

Election Day on Tuesday has left command of Congress up in the air. But we can say this much: bipartisan attention to cybersecurity could drop off in the next congressional session regardless of which party controls the House and Senate when all the votes are tallied. The GOP leaders of the House

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07 Oct 2022

Bolsonaro speeds up payments to the poor as election looms

Brazil’s government has announced plans to speed up the welfare payments to the needy this month as a second-round election is coming up. President Jair Bolsonaro will face leftwing rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a run-off vote on October 30.  The payments of an equivalent to $120 will

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26 Sep 2022

Italy’s far right on course to win election

The far-right leader Giorgia Meloni has won Italy’s election and is expected to become the country’s first female prime minister. Ms Meloni is also expected to form Italy’s most right-wing government since World War II. Italy is the EU’s third-biggest economy and Europe may be alarmed with the shift to

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10 Aug 2022

Kenyans Vote in Tight Race Amid Shifting Alliances and Struggling Economy

In Kenya, voters headed to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new president and officials in a balanced presidential race between longtime allies that later turned into rivals. One of the candidates is associated with Kenya’s founding families and the other claims to represent the struggling working class. The

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01 Jul 2022

Hong Kong’s new leader sworn in as Xi hails rule by ‘patriots’

Hong Kong’s next leader was sworn in on Friday as it marked 25 years since its return to Chinese rule. John Lee was sworn in during a ceremony that was overseen by Chinese President Xi Jinping. This trip was the first by Xi Jinping outside mainland China since the beginning

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13 Jun 2022

Left surge threatens Macron majority in French election

  French President Emmanuel Macron is at risk of losing his majority after a challenge from left-wing parties in National Assembly elections this weekend. Jean-Luc’s Mélenchon’s let-green alliance and Macron’s Ensemble finished neck and neck in terms of votes cast in Sunday’s first round of elections.  Next week is the

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25 Apr 2022

French election result: Macron defeats Le Pen and vows to unite divided France

Emmanual Macron won five more years as France’s president over Rivval Marine Le Pen. The election results were 58.55% to 41.45%. Macron promised he would be a president for all. He is the first sitting president in 20 years to be reelected.  Le Pen felt that her vote share still

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28 Jan 2022

Italy fails to elect president in 5th vote as rightist blitz flops

Italy’s parliament failed at a fifth consecutive ballot to elect a new head of state on Friday. The center-right made an attempt to force through its own candidate and fell short. The alliance included Forza Italia, the League and the Brothers of Italy had its lawmakers vote for Senate speaker

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20 Dec 2021

Hong Kong sees record low voter turnout in first ‘China patriots only’ election

A record low voter turnout occurred in Hong Kong’s first “patriots only” legislative election. This reflects a decline in civic and political engagement after Beijing’s overhaul of the city’s election processes. Provisional turnout was 30.2% by the end of the polls, the previous record low was 43.6% in 2000. The

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10 Sep 2021

Germany Investigates Russia Over Pre-Election Hacking

The federal prosecutor’s office in Germany is investigating who was responsible for hacking attempts aimed at politicians. The Foreign Ministry protested to Russia after several lawmakers and members of Parliament were targeted by phishing emails and attempts to obtain personal information. The federal prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation and cited

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