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Turkey election: Erdogan seeks second term in hard-fought contest

Turkey election: Erdogan seeks second term in hard-fought contest

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Turkish voters are going to the polls to decide whether to grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a second five-year term, in the most fiercely fought elections in the country in years.Polls opened at 08:00 (05:00 GMT) in presidential and parliamentary votes.If Mr Erdogan wins, he will adopt major new powers that critics say will weaken democratic rule.But he faces a major challenge from centre-left candidate Muharrem Ince of the Republican People's Party (CHP).Turkey remains under a state of emergency imposed in the aftermath of a failed coup in July 2016. These elections were originally scheduled for November 2019 but were brought forward by Mr Erdogan.What do the candidates say about each other?Mr ...
Putin to reduce defence spending in fourth term

Putin to reduce defence spending in fourth term

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Vladimir Putin has called for political unity as he starts his fourth term as president of Russia. After winning a landslide of 77% of the vote, Mr Putin called for his opponents to come together to focus on domestic issues and pledged to reduce the amount of money spent on the military.Mr Putin said Russia has spent enough over the last few years on new weapons to avoid excessive pressure on the economy in the future and so he could now reduce defence spending.Setting out his stall ahead of his fourth term in charge, he vowed not to engage in an arms race, saying: "There is no intention to speed up some kind of arms race, and just the opposite, we will develop constructive relations with all the countries of the world."We want and call for our partners to have a constructive dialogue, but...
Putin easily wins fourth term as Russia's president, early results show

Putin easily wins fourth term as Russia's president, early results show

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Vladimir Putin headed to an overwhelming win in Russia's presidential election Sunday, adding six years in the Kremlin for the man who has led the world's largest country for all of the 21st century. The vote was tainted by widespread reports of ballot-box stuffing and forced voting, but the complaints will likely do little to undermine Putin. His popularity remains high despite his suppression of dissent and reproach from the West over Russia's increasingly aggressive stance in world affairs and alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Putin's main challenge in the election was to obtain a huge margin of victory in order to claim an indisputable mandate. With ballots counted from 60 percent of the vast country's precincts, Putin won more than 75 percent of the vote, the Central Ele...
Merkel starts fourth term as German Chancellor

Merkel starts fourth term as German Chancellor

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Angela Merkel has finally begun her fourth term as Chancellor after almost six months of political deadlock in Germany.Ms Merkel is due to be sworn on Wednesday.Parliament voted 364 to 315 in a secret ballot to re-elect Ms Merkel, who ran unopposed.Germany has been locked in political uncertainty for almost six months after millions of voters abandoned the two main parties.Ms Merkel's Christian Democratic Union of Germany party (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) were dropped by the public in favour of parties on the left and right.Image:Angela Merkel (in white) receives congratulations from parliamentarians following her election for a fourth term as ChancellorA coalition has been formed between the CDU, the Christian Social Union (CSU) - which is the CDU's Bavaria-only sister par...
China scraps term limit on presidential rule

China scraps term limit on presidential rule

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China has abolished the limit on how long its leader can serve, meaning President Xi could now rule the country indefinitely.The almost 3,000 hand-picked delegates at the National People's Congress overwhelmingly endorsed the constitutional change, with 2,958 voting in favour.There were two votes against, three abstentions and one ballot was invalidated.The amendment overhauls a system introduced by former leader Deng Xiaoping in 1982, which was introduced with the aim of preventing a repeat of the bloody reign of Mao Zedong.Until now, presidents had been limited to two consecutive terms.Image:The result of the vote is seen on a giant screenAs voting got under way, President Xi led members of the seven-member all-powerful Politurbo Standing Committee in casting their ballots.He put his ora...