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Austria faces snap election after vice chancellor resignation

Austria faces snap election after vice chancellor resignation

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Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for a snap election after the resignation of his vice chancellor over an alleged corruption scandal.Heinz-Christian Strache resigned on Saturday after footage of him seeming to offer lucrative German contracts to a potential Russian benefactor was published in newspapers this week. Mr Kurz said he could not reach an agreement with the leadership of Mr Strache's anti-immigrant Freedom Party on continuing forward with the coalition with his centre-right People's Party.In a statement to the media, he said "enough is enough" and listed a number of lesser scandals involving the Freedom Party that have not triggered the fragile coalition to collapse.He said he would propose to President Alexander Van der Bellen that a snap election be held as soon a...
2019 Australia election: Vote count under way in eastern states

2019 Australia election: Vote count under way in eastern states

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Voting in Australia's closely-fought general election has closed in the country's eastern states, where counting is now under way.Early exit polls suggest a victory for the opposition Labor party, although polling in Western Australia continues until 1800 local (1000 GMT).A win for Labor would make its leader Bill Shorten the next PM, succeeding centre-right Liberal Scott Morrison.Australia has mandatory voting and a record 16.4 million enrolled voters.Live updates: Australia heads to the pollsBoth leaders were out early at polling booths on Saturday, in a last-ditch pitch for votes.Shortly after polls in the east shut, a Nine-Galaxy poll showed Labor beating the incumbent Liberal coalition 52-48, with a parliamentary majority. T...
International outcry over Istanbul election re-run

International outcry over Istanbul election re-run

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The EU and leading member states have sharply criticised a decision in Turkey to re-run Istanbul's mayoral election, after a shock opposition win.An EU spokesperson called on Turkey's electoral body to explain the controversial decision "without delay".Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Mass called the re-run "incomprehensible".The move was also criticised by the French government and by leading MEP Guy Verhofstadt, who said Turkey was "drifting towards dictatorship".The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month lost the mayorship of Turkey's biggest city by a narrow margin, but Mr Erdogan refused to accept defeat.The AKP claims that there were irregularit...
Turkey’s Erdogan defends Istanbul election re-run amid protests

Turkey’s Erdogan defends Istanbul election re-run amid protests

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says there was "illegality" in Istanbul's local elections, after the country's electoral body ordered them to be re-held. "We sincerely believe there is... organised corruption and complete illegality," he said on Tuesday.The decision to re-run last month's vote, which returned a slim win for the opposition, sparked protests on Monday.The opposition CHP's victorious mayoral candidate said it was "treacherous".The European Parliament has also said the decision to re-run the election on 23 June would end the credibility of democratic elections in Turkey.What did the president say?Speaking at a parliamentary meeting of his AK Party, Mr Erdogan said that re-doing the vote was the "best step" for...