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UK PM faces flak for ducking TV grilling

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Four other major party leaders have subjected themselves to an uncomfortable grilling from the BBC's Andrew Neil but the prime minister has so far declined to do so

UK ELECTIONS. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he launches a Conservative Party general campaign poster at the Kent Showground in Detling, southeast England on December 6, 2019. Photo by Peter Nicholls/Pool/AFP

Comelec to hear petition seeking to cancel Duterte Youth registration

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Petitioners say Duterte Youth is the only organization since the institution of the party list to have been granted registration without completing publication and hearing requirements

LEGAL BATTLES. Duterte Youth's seat in the 18th Congress remains vacant as the party faces several complaints filed against it at the Comelec. Photo by Jire Carreon

Democrat Kamala Harris ends 2020 White House bid

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:12 AM

The exit of Senator Kamala Harris leaves 15 candidates in the battle to see who challenges President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election

ENDING THE WHITE HOUSE BID. In this file photo taken on October 10, 2019 Democratic presidential hopeful California Senator Kamala Harris speaks during a town hall devoted to LGBTQ issues hosted by CNN and the Human rights Campaign Foundation at The Novo in Los Angeles. File photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

Postponed barangay, SK polls deprive voters of right to choose officials – Namfrel

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Election watchdog National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections hits the postponement of local polls once more as barangay officials will now serve for a term of 5 years instead of 2

RIGHT TO CHOOSE. Election watchdog Namfrel says postponing the barangay and Sannguniang Kabataan elections deprives voters of their right to choose local leaders regularly. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Barangay, SK elections moved to December 2022

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The law postponing the polls – and giving barangay officials 5 years in power instead of two – is signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in a Malacañang ceremony

POSTPONED AGAIN? Lawmakers are seeking to postpone the barangay and SK elections for the 3rd time under the Duterte administration. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec summons Cardema over 'misrepresentation' for trying to be youth nominee

Nov 28, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Commission on Elections' Law Department issues a subpoena ordering Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema to attend a hearing, after a complaint was filed against him for material misrepresentation

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections headquarters at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon: 'No legal basis' to accept Cardema's withdrawal of nomination

Nov 27, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon maintains that Ronald Cardema's notice of withdrawal cannot be valid in the first place since it was filed 4 months past the deadline

INDEPENDENT VOICE. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's withdrawal of his nomination was done past the deadline at the close of polls on election day. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec: Only 95.87% voter turnout in Lanao del Sur town in 2019 polls

Nov 27, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) This is in response to a PCIJ report based on Comelec's own summary report, which showed a 178% voter turnout for Amai Manabilang, Lanao del Sur, in the 2019 elections

Lanao del Sur town posts 178% voter turnout in 2019 polls – PCIJ

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:43 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body will look into this, but adds that this 'seems to be an unlikely scenario'

[OPINION] The voters of Hong Kong have spoken

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The protest must now be seen not as a young people’s movement, but as a grassroots rejection of Beijing’s rule

Background photo from AFP

Chinese state media downplay, discredit Hong Kong elections

Nov 26, 2019 - 3:19 PM

The Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily says 'social unrest... has seriously disrupted the electoral process' after pro-democracy Hong Kong candidates seize an overwhelming majority of the 452 elected seats.

Newly elected district council members, including Gary Fan (front R) and Daniel Wong Kwok-tung (front L), walk to the entrance of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus where a small number of protesters remain holed up after barricading themselves at the institution over a week ago, in the Hung Hom district in Hong Kong on November 25, 2019. Hong Kong's deeply unpopular leader vowed on November 25 to "listen humbly" to voters after the pro-democracy camp scored a crushing victory in community-level elections that revealed broad public support for a protest movement that has stirred months of violence. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Comelec accepts Duterte Youth chair Cardema's withdrawal of nomination

Nov 26, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Despite this, Duterte Youth will not yet be able to assume a seat in the House of Representatives as the Commission on Elections has yet to issue the group's certificate of proclamation

OUT OF HOUSE. Former Youth Commissioner and Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema earlier moved to withdraw his nomination despite months of asserting its validity before the Comelec. File Photo by Jire Carreon

Rick Perry says Trump was chosen by God to lead U.S.

Nov 26, 2019 - 7:23 AM

'You didn't get here without God's blessing,' outgoing US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry tells Fox News, recalling a recent conversation with Donald Trump that focused on faith

US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry addresses a press conference during a high-level business to business energy forum at the European Commission in Brussels on May 2, 2019. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Hong Kong elections showed 'great spirit', says dissident artist

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:49 AM

'I think that great spirit was shown.... That's how powerful democracy is,' says Badiucao, an Australia-based Chinese dissident artist

China 'resolutely' backs Hong Kong leader despite polls setback

Nov 25, 2019 - 5:38 PM

"The Chinese government's resolve to protect national sovereignty, security and development interest has not faltered. Its resolve to carry out one country, two systems has not faltered," says foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

Hong Kong establishment crushed at polls in stark message to Beijing

Nov 25, 2019 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) Candidates seeking to loosen control by China seized an overwhelming majority – 388 seats out of 452 – in the city's 18 district councils

HONG KONG ELECTIONS. Pro-democracy supporters celebrate after pro-Beijing candidate Junius Ho lost a seat in the district council elections in Tuen Mun district of Hong Kong, early on November 25, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Bolivia's interim president signs off on new elections

Nov 24, 2019 - 11:47 PM

'We are going to recover democracy with democracy,' interim President Jeanine Anez declares

INTERIM LEADER. Bolivia's interim president, Jeanine Anez speaks at a press conference during her first day in power, at the Quemado presidential palace in La Paz, on November 13, 2019. Photo by Jorge Bernal/AFP

Bloomberg formally announces U.S. presidential candidacy

Nov 24, 2019 - 11:34 PM

'We cannot afford 4 more years of President Trump's reckless and unethical actions,' says the former New York mayor

CANDIDATE. In this file photo taken on November 17, 2019, Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Christian Cultural Center in New York City. Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images North America/AFP

Guinea-Bissau votes on new president to break political deadlock

Nov 24, 2019 - 10:13 PM

Electoral frontrunners such as incumbent Jose Mario Vaz and ex-prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira promise to tackle endemic problems such as corruption and joblessness

AT THE POLLS. A man gets ready to cast his vote at a polling station in Bissau early on November 24, 2019, as part of the presidential election in Guinea-Bissau. Some 700,000 voters are registered for the November 24 poll. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ruling party faces exit as Uruguay votes for president

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:24 PM

A win for the right would 'reflect a trend in the region of voters rejecting the incumbent party over disappointing results,' an analyst says

RUN-OFF. This combination of pictures shows Uruguay's presidential candidate for the Partido Nacional party, Luis Lacalle Pou (L), on October 27, 2019, and Uruguay's presidential candidate for the ruling Frente Amplio (Broad Front) party, Daniel Martinez, on October 23, 2019, both in Montevideo. Photos by Eitan Abramovich and Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

Chinese state media urge Hong Kongers to 'vote to end violence'

Nov 24, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The big turnout is widely expected to benefit democratic forces

An anti-government protester uses a blanket as he walks to ambulances outside the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) after being barricaded inside for days, in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 20, 2019. Dozens of pro-democracy protesters remained holed up inside the besieged Hong Kong university campus for a fourth straight day on November 20 as supporters took up online calls to disrupt the city’s train network in a bid to distract police. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Bolivia's Congress authorizes new elections without Morales

Nov 24, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The bill annuls the results of the October 20 vote and bars candidates who served in both of the two previosu terms from seeking re-election for the same position

A woman removes posters of Bolivia's Evo Morales from the wall of a house in El Alto on November 11, 2019, a day after the resignation of the leftist leader as president. Morales announced his resignation on Sunday, caving in following three weeks of sometimes-violent protests over his disputed re-election after the army and police withdrew their backing. Aizar RALDES / AFP

Protests drive record poll turnout in Hong Kong

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The selection of 452 councillors – handling community-level concerns such as bus routes and garbage collection – takes on new significance following months of political unrest

Hong Kong protests slacken ahead of closely watched poll

Nov 23, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Postings by pro-democracy users on the internet urge voters to go to polling stations early and for supporters 'not to jeopardize the election'

Student shot by Hong Kong police urges voter turnout

Nov 23, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Chow Pak-kwan says he hopes 'Hong Kong people can cast their votes to earn more democracy in a peaceful way'

UK PM, Labour make election pitch to business

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:42 PM

Confederation of British Industry chief executive Carolyn Fairbairn warns that 'extreme ideology' on both sides is weighing on business confidence

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in central London, on November 18, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Symbolic swearing-in for Sri Lanka's new president

Nov 18, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Having spearheaded the brutal end of the Tamil separatist war a decade ago, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a divisive figure but popular among his own majority Sinhalese-Buddhist community

NEW PRESIDENT. Sri Lanka's new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa gestures during his swearing-in ceremony at the Ruwanwelisaya temple in Anuradhapura on November 18, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Lanao del Sur, Marawi voters ask Comelec to hold special elections

Nov 18, 2019 - 3:49 PM

Six months since the 2019 midterm elections, voters from Lanao del Sur and Marawi continue to demand for answers from the Commission on Elections over allegations of fraud

VOTERS DEMAND. Voters from Lanao del Sur and Marawi City troop to the Commission on Elections on November 18, 2019 to demand the poll body hold special elections. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Bolivia leader says elections will be called soon

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:19 AM

'Very soon we will announce news regarding our main mandate: calling transparent elections,' Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez says in a speech

CALLING FOR ELECTIONS. Bolivian interim president Jeanine Anez speaks during a press conference in La Paz on November 15, 2019. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Louisiana reelects Democratic governor in setback for Trump

Nov 17, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Governor John Bel Edwards wins by a narrow margin against Republican businessman Eddie Rispone

REELECTED. Democratic incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards speaks to a crowd at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel on November 16, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

'Terminator' Rajapaksa storms to victory in Sri Lanka election

Nov 17, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the younger brother of the charismatic but controversial ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa

POLL WINNER. Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa (C) leaves a polling station after casting his vote during the country's presidential election in Colombo on November 16, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Gunmen fire on buses carrying Muslim Sri Lankan voters

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Such tactics are nothing new in Sri Lanka, which emerged from a horrific civil war only a decade ago

ELECTIONS. Supporters of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa celebrate the closing of the voting in Baddegama on November 16, 2019. AFP photo

Rajapaksas eye comeback in Sri Lanka presidential election

Nov 16, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, brother of political heavyweight Mahinda Rajapaksa, may be elected into office

Sri Lankan voters queue up to cast their ballots at a polling station during the country's presidential election in Colombo on November 16, 2019. - Sri Lankans began voting on November 16 in a tightly fought presidential election where former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa's family is seeking a return to power after five years. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Bill moving barangay, SK polls to 2022 now up for Duterte's signature

Nov 11, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Both chambers of Congress ratify the bicameral conference committee report on the measure

POSTPONED AGAIN? Lawmakers are seeking to postpone the barangay and SK elections for the 3rd time under the Duterte administration. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Socialists win Spain vote, far-right Vox surges to 3rd place

Nov 11, 2019 - 8:21 AM

The final results show the Socialists taking 120 of the parliament's 350 seats, while Vox secures 52 – more than double its mandates in the outgoing assembly

VICTORY. Spanish incumbent prime minister and Socialist Party (PSOE) candidate for re-election, Pedro Sanchez, celebrates his victory during the election night in Madrid on November 10, 2019. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Romania votes for president with liberal incumbent favored

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:03 PM

In all, 14 candidates are standing, with pro-European incumbent Klaus Iohannis the favorite to win

ROMANIA VOTES. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis casts his ballot at a polling station, in Bucharest, on November 10, 2019. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Mauritius premier tightens hold on parliament

Nov 10, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth's center-right Morisian Alliance wins 4 more seats in the final allocation to hold 42 of 70 seats following Thursday's vote

MAURITIUS PM. Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of Militant Socialist Movement party observes a polling station for the parliamentary election at Soopaya Soobiah Government School in Reduit, Mauritus, on November 7, 2019. Photo by Beekash Roopun/L'Express Maurice/AFP

Afghan chief executive wants halt to election recount

Nov 10, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'A fraud-marred election will not be accepted. The result should be based on the clean votes of our people,' says Afgahnistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on November 4 dismissed a new peace proposal by his election rival President Ashraf Ghani as an unrealistic "wishlist", and again called into question the validity of thousands of votes from recent polls. AFP photo

Protesters seize state-run media in Bolivia as tensions soar

Nov 10, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Protesters are contesting an October election that gave President Evo Morales his 4th straight term

BOLIVIANS PROTEST. View of the closed entrance of the state TV channel BoliviaTV with pictures depicting Bolivian President Evo Morales as a clown reading "Fraud" and signs reading "Bolivia TV channel of Bolivians" and "Stop lying" next to a Bolivian national flag, after a protest on November 9, 2019, in La Paz. Photo by Jorge Bernal/AFP

Spain votes in repeat general election amid Catalonia tensions

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez calls the repeat polls after an inconclusive election in April which saw no working majority in parliament

SEEKING A MAJORITY. Spanish liberal Ciudadanos party leader and candidate for prime minister, Albert Rivera, delivers a speech during their last campaign rally in Barcelona on November 8, 2019 ahead of the November 10 general election.Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Bloomberg files papers paving way for U.S. presidential bid

Nov 09, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Analysts say that the billionaire's candidacy could do the most harm against frontrunner Joe Biden's prospects

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 24, 2019 Michael Bloomberg, addresses the NAACP's (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) 110th National Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg was positioning himself Friday to enter the crowded race for the Democratic presidential nomination, setting up a potential showdown with fellow septuagenarian Joe Biden as the leading centrist candidate. JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP

Spain PM sounds alarm over far-right at close of campaign

Nov 08, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Surveys suggest the ballot will end with a result similar to that seen in April, with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's Socialists winning but falling far short of an absolute majority

SPAIN ELECTION. The 5 main candidates for Spain's prime minister, (L to R) conservative People's Party (PP) leader Pablo Casado, Spanish prime minister and Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) leader, Pedro Sanchez, far-right wing Vox party leader, Santiago Abascal, far-left wing Podemos party leader, Pablo Iglesias and center-right political party Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera, pose for a picture prior to a televised debate at the Casa de Campo's Glass pavilion in Madrid, on November 4, 2019, ahead of November 10 general election. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Once a shipwreck survivor, Edgar Labella now captain of Cebu City

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The first-time mayor of Cebu City said once before, 'I would endeavor to have a healing and conciliatory mayorship for the best interest of the city'

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella gives his speech for the achievements and challenges on his first 100 days in office held at the IC3 Convention in Cebu City on October 16, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Counting begins in Mauritius election

Nov 08, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Electoral Commissioner Irfan Rahman says roughly three-quarters of the island's almost one million eligible voters turned out to cast their ballot in a peaceful election

MAURITIUS ELECTIONS. Paul Berenger (R) of Mauritian Militant Movement (MMM) casts his vote for the Parliamental election at Pandit Sahadeo Sport Complex in Vacoas, Mauritius, on November 11, 2019. Photo by Rishi Etwaroo/L'Express Maurice/AFP

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg preparing presidential run – U.S. media

Nov 08, 2019 - 8:54 AM

A Bloomberg advisor says: 'Based on his record of accomplishment, leadership and his ability to bring people together to drive change, Mike would be able to take the fight to Trump and win'

RUNNING. File photo of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Shutterstock.com

Mauritians vote in first ballot since PM succeeded father

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth faces two opponents who say his appointment to the island's top job amounted to little more than nepotism

ELECTION DAY. Mauritian women check their names on a list before casting their votes for the parliamentary election at Soopaya Soobiah Government School in Reduit, Mauritius, on November 7, 2019. Photo by Beekash Roopun/L'Express Maurice/AFP

Robredo: 2022 elections not a factor in accepting anti-drugs post

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:13 PM

The Vice President says even her flagship anti-poverty program Angat Buhay will suffer if she already thinks about the next elections

ON THE JOB. Vice President Leni Robredo visits a far-flung barrio in Tanay, Rizal, for her anti-poverty program on November 7, 2019, a day after she was  named co-chair of the anti-drugs body. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Spain's far-right voters emerge from the fringes

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:03 PM

The Vox party offers to prop up conservative governments in several regions and cities, as Spain's political map becomes increasingly fractured

SANTIAGO ABASCAL. Candidate for Spain's prime minister, far-right wing Vox party leader, Santiago Abascal arrives to take part in a televised debate at the Casa de Campo's Glass pavilion in Madrid, on November 4, 2019, ahead of November 10 general election. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Facebook steps up monitoring for Taiwan elections

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Taiwan says it's facing growing interference from China as its January elections loom

Rebuke for Trump in races seen as barometers for 2020 election

Nov 06, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Democrats are projected to win closely-watched elections in two states, results signaling troubling headwinds for his 2020 re-election campaign

ANDY BESHEAR. Apparent Gov.-elect Andy Beshear celebrates with supporters after voting results showed the Democrat holding a slim lead over Republican Gov. Matt Bevin at C2 Event Venue on November 5, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images/AFP