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January 11, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG - Opposition forces in the Central African Republic who took control of a large swath of the country in recent weeks have succeeded in forcing President Francois Bozize's government to share power, officials said Friday. In a deal averting a battle for control of Bangui, the capital, Bozize and the opposition agreed to a coalition government during peace talks in Libreville, the Gabon capital. Chad's foreign minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who attended the talks, released a statement announcing the peace agreement.
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March 14, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached deals Thursday with two political rivals that will enable him to forge a broad-based, but potentially unstable, coalition government. After weeks of hard-fought negotiations with the centrist party Yesh Atid and the nationalist Jewish Home, Netanyahu managed to persuade both to join his government with a combination of political promises and coveted ministry appointments. The agreements were still awaiting final signatures Thursday night, reportedly delayed by discussion of government titles for some players.
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March 7, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Ireland's two longtime opposition parties agreed Sunday to rule the country together after a historic election that saw the previous government suffer a crushing defeat over the country's economic collapse. The leaders of Fine Gael and the Labor Party announced they would form a coalition to govern the Emerald Isle, whose once-dynamic economy imploded during the global financial meltdown, forcing officials to seek a humiliating international bailout. The coalition said it would follow through on the previous government's pledge to reduce Ireland's staggering budget deficit.
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March 8, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will travel to Israel and the West Bank this month regardless of whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been able to form his new government, an aide to the president said Friday. The White House had previously left open the possibility that Obama might cancel his trip as Netanyahu struggles to assemble a governing coalition in the wake of recent elections. But White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday afternoon that Obama would travel to Jerusalem and Ramallah, regardless, with the intent of expressing his support for Israeli security and for the renewal of peace talks.
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July 2, 1987 | From Reuters
Leaders of three center-right parties in Iceland on Wednesday hammered out an agreement for a new coalition government, ending two months of squabbling, senior politicians said. The North Atlantic island nation's new prime minister will be 39-year-old former journalist Thorsteinn Palsson, chairman of the conservative Independence Party, they said. An official announcement of the new coalition is expected today.
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March 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Backed by Joerg Haider's anti-immigrant Freedom Party, a conservative-led coalition assumed power in Austria. It's the second attempt by Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel's People's Party to lead Austria with the far-right Freedom Party. Their previous ruling coalition collapsed in September after an internal struggle within the Freedom Party. Haider has no official role in the government now but remains a dominating force behind the scenes.
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May 8, 2012 | By Anthee Carassava and Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS — As it teeters on the brink of political chaos, Greece passed another day without a government after highly splintered elections that gave no party overall control of Parliament. Politicians remained deadlocked Tuesday over how to handle Greece's monumental debt crisis, fueling fear far beyond the country's borders that it could collapse into financial mayhem and wreak untold consequences on the world economy. Deepening the feeling of instability, the second-place finisher in Sunday's elections, a staunch leftist, said he would try to stitch together a coalition government with the aim of tearing up Greece's bailout agreements, a move that would spark a dangerous escalation of the euro debt crisis.
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March 14, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached deals Thursday with two political rivals that will enable him to forge a broad-based, but potentially unstable, coalition government. After weeks of hard-fought negotiations with the centrist party Yesh Atid and the nationalist Jewish Home, Netanyahu managed to persuade both to join his government with a combination of political promises and coveted ministry appointments. The agreements were still awaiting final signatures Thursday night, reportedly delayed by discussion of government titles for some players.
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February 12, 1989 | From Reuters
Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said Saturday that power in Afghanistan should be handed over rapidly to a broad-based interim government. At a banquet in which Chinese Premier Li Peng welcomed her to Beijing on her first official trip abroad as prime minister, she said the ongoing Soviet withdrawal showed "the futility of foreign military intervention."
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June 28, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Vaclav Havel named a new non-Communist coalition government led by Civic Forum. The new government, headed by Prime Minister Marian Calfa, will include Civic Forum, its Slovak sister party Public Against Violence and the Slovak-based Christian Democratic Movement. The coalition with the CDM is seen as a victory for Havel, assuring the government a three-fifths majority needed for economic and constitutional reforms.
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January 29, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- Bank of Israel chief Stanley Fischer, who is widely credited with shepherding Israel through the international credit crunch four years ago, said he would resign from his post in June. Fischer, who was appointed in 2005, gave no reason for his departure, but he had previously hinted that he did not expect to complete his second five-year term, which began in 2010. Under Fischer, Israel maintained a steady, conservative monetary policy with impressive economic growth and low inflation.
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January 11, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG - Opposition forces in the Central African Republic who took control of a large swath of the country in recent weeks have succeeded in forcing President Francois Bozize's government to share power, officials said Friday. In a deal averting a battle for control of Bangui, the capital, Bozize and the opposition agreed to a coalition government during peace talks in Libreville, the Gabon capital. Chad's foreign minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who attended the talks, released a statement announcing the peace agreement.
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October 9, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday night that he is disbanding his right-wing government and calling for early elections, blaming a coalition deadlock over how to slash nearly $4 billion from next year's budget. Speculation has been rife for months that Netanyahu's inability to pass a 2013 budget would force him to dismantle what has been one of Israel's longest-serving coalition governments. Parliamentary elections, which were expected to take place in October 2013, will probably occur by February.
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September 15, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
NEW DELHI - After months of criticism over policy malaise, the Indian government on Friday announced a series of bold economic reforms allowing significant foreign investment in the retail, aviation and broadcasting sectors. The moves, aimed at invigorating the economy, would allow investment from abroad of up to 51% in supermarkets and chain stores such as Wal-Mart, up to 49% in aviation, up to 71% in broadcasting and up to 49% in parts of the electrical power industry. In addition, New Delhi announced plans to sell its stake in several public service companies dealing in oil, copper and aluminum.
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May 12, 2012 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS - Greeks braced for another trip to the ballot box next month after weeklong crisis talks aimed at forming a coalition government collapsed Friday. The repeat election will probably take place June 17, senior government and party officials said. The breakdown came after socialist PASOK party leader Evangelos Venizelos failed to persuade Alexis Tsipras and his far-left Syriza party to team up in a coalition government after Sunday's elections gave no party overall control of Parliament.
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May 8, 2012 | By Anthee Carassava and Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS — As it teeters on the brink of political chaos, Greece passed another day without a government after highly splintered elections that gave no party overall control of Parliament. Politicians remained deadlocked Tuesday over how to handle Greece's monumental debt crisis, fueling fear far beyond the country's borders that it could collapse into financial mayhem and wreak untold consequences on the world economy. Deepening the feeling of instability, the second-place finisher in Sunday's elections, a staunch leftist, said he would try to stitch together a coalition government with the aim of tearing up Greece's bailout agreements, a move that would spark a dangerous escalation of the euro debt crisis.
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September 29, 1991 | From Associated Press
President Mobutu Sese Seko and opposition leaders agreed Saturday to form a coalition government after five days of rioting that led French and Belgian troops to evacuate foreigners. It was the first time in Mobutu's 26 years of iron-fisted rule that he has agreed to share power with the opposition in the central African country. The collapse of the former Belgian colony's economy, brought on in part by widespread corruption, weakened his grip on power.
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February 9, 2012 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
After seven hours of grueling nighttime negotiations, Greece's fractious coalition government failed to agree on new budget cuts needed to secure a $170-billion bailout intended to stave off default, ease the country's debt woes and pay off foreign creditors. Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, however, met separately into the morning hours Thursday with a team of international lenders focusing on the lone deal-breaker — the creditors' demands for even more slashing of state and private pensions.
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March 11, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
In a country where most prime ministers lose power after about three years, Benjamin Netanyahu's political survival skills have impressed many. Heading a fractious coalition, he has stood up to American pressure to halt West Bank settlements, diverted blame for collapsed peace talks and deftly navigated challenges from his right flank. But though his coalition is viewed as stable for now, the Israeli leader, nearing the two-year mark, is starting to show signs of vulnerability. Polls this month put Netanyahu's approval rating at a new low of 32% and found that if elections were held now, his conservative Likud Party would trail the centrist Kadima by seven parliamentary seats.
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