August 22, 2002 |
Bowing to calls from within his own party to move aside, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien announced Wednesday that he won't seek a fourth term in office and will step down in February 2004. Chretien, 68, made his announcement at an abruptly assembled news conference to quell a near revolt within the Liberal Party.
July 6, 1985 |
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party has suffered a stunning defeat in a parliamentary by-election in a rural Welsh constituency, running third behind the victorious Liberal Party and the principal opposition Labor Party, which finished a close second. Liberal and Labor spokesmen proclaimed the vote an indication that the public has begun to turn in numbers against Thatcher's tough economic policies and the prospect of continuing high unemployment under her leadership.
May 25, 1986 |
Voters today will elect a new president of Colombia, one of Latin America's most stable democracies, and opposition Liberal Party candidate Virgilio Barco Vargas is the overwhelming favorite to win. A peaceful vote is expected, but more than 100,000 soldiers and national police have been assigned to guard polling places in cities and towns in this mountainous country against the threat of attacks by left-wing guerrillas. About 8 million of Colombia's 12.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1987
The future of the centrist Alliance, a confederation of Britain's Social Democratic and Liberal parties, has been in question ever since its disastrous showing in the June elections. Now rank-and-file Social Democrats, ignoring the opposition of leader David Owen, have voted by a wide margin to merge with the Liberal Party. Assuming that the merger goes through, the question now is whether the combined party will be able to overcome the divisions that crippled the Alliance.
February 22, 1991 |
The co-chairmen of a commission set up to help decide whether Quebec should remain a part of Canada have proposed a referendum on the matter by September in the French-speaking province. The suggestion, contained in an internal working paper, showed a surprising tilt toward sovereignty on the part of the co-chairmen--surprising especially because their group was convened last year by federalists hoping to find ways to keep Quebec in Canada.
June 5, 1998 |
This country's next president will be the man who can solve a riddle worthy of the Sphinx: How does the candidate of an entrenched political party win the support of voters whose first choice was an independent running against machine politics? If either Horacio Serpa or Andres Pastrana can answer that question, he may win the 2.8 million votes cast for Noemi Sanin, the third-place candidate in Sunday's first-round balloting. Or at least enough of those votes to become president.
March 10, 1986 |
Marxist guerrillas openly competed in Colombian elections for the first time Sunday under a peace pact with the Conservative Party government of President Belisario Betancur. The voting--for this South American nation's Congress, provincial assemblies and municipal councils--was being closely watched as a bellwether for presidential elections due in less than three months. Most returns will not be tabulated until today.
May 26, 1986 |
Virgilio Barco Vargas, candidate of the opposition Liberal Party, won election Sunday as president of Colombia by a wide margin over his conservative and Marxist opponents. With Barco leading by more than 1.3 million votes and more than 80% of the vote counted, Alvaro Gomez Hurtado, the Conservative Party candidate, acknowledged defeat in a televised statement at 9 p.m., five hours after the polls closed. With 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1991
It should be pointed out that the majority of Filipino senators who rejected the treaty granting the extension of the U.S. bases in the Philippines (front page, Sept. 16) did not do so because of anti-American sentiments but rather as a serious step toward self-determination. We are seeing for the first time in our nation's political history an august majority that finally took great courage against a politically suicidal move and the vexing and intimidating moods of U.S. foreign policy--real leaders unmindful of being elected and/or reelected into office by saying no to their traditional share of the corrupting largess of the mighty U.S. dollar.
December 1, 1997 |
A 47-year-old newspaper owner was leading in early vote counting and appeared likely to defeat the widow of a former military leader in Sunday's presidential election in Honduras. With about one-fourth of votes counted, Carlos Flores had 53% to 38% for Nora Gunera de Melgar. Three other parties' candidates split the remaining vote.