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May 5, 2013 | By Simon Roughneen and Mark Magnier, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
PENANG, Malaysia - Malaysia's ruling National Front coalition won at the polls Sunday, election commission officials announced, as voters opted for continuity and experience over opposition calls for reform. The 13-party National Front secured 133 of 222 parliamentary seats, surpassing the 112 required for a simple majority. It was the coalition's 13th consecutive general election victory since the country gained independence from Britain in 1957. Prime Minister Najib Razak, 59, head of the majority United Malays National Organization party, led the ruling coalition to victory, hammering home the message to his largely rural conservative Muslim Malay base that the inexperienced opposition would ruin the economy and erode national security.
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October 27, 2013 | By Alexandra Jinjikhashvili and Sergei L. Loiko
TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgi Margvelashvili, a onetime mountain guide who forged a reputation in politics as a moderate voice of reason, won the presidential election in Georgia on Sunday with backing from the prime minister's ruling coalition. By late Sunday local time, Margvelashvili was leading with 66.7% of the vote, according to exit polls conducted by the German polling agency GFK, prompting his main opponent to concede. The 44-year-old Margvelashvili had the backing of powerful Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and his Georgian Dream ruling coalition.
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January 8, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
A key party that had defected this week from Pakistan's ruling coalition returned to the government Friday, a move that averts a major political crisis at a time when Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's embattled administration is struggling to overcome mounting economic turmoil and a resilient insurgency. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement's decision to rejoin the coalition, led by Gilani's Pakistan People's Party, came just a day after Gilani told the nation he was reversing his decision to impose fuel price increases as high as 9% that had kicked in Jan. 1. The highly unpopular increases had been harshly criticized by a broad spectrum of political leaders, and MQM officials had cited them Sunday as a prime reason the party was leaving the ruling coalition and joining the opposition.
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May 13, 2013 | By Anthee Carassava
ATHENS -- Greece's ruling coalition threatened Monday to arrest public high school teachers if they walk off work later this week, a strike that would potentially disrupt university-entrance exams for thousands of students. But the government's move only stoked the fury of civil servants, whose powerful union called for a nationwide strike Tuesday in sympathy with teachers protesting longer hours and looming job losses. The union also announced a four-hour work stoppage Thursday together with unions for private-sector employees; all told, the labor groups represent about half of Greece's 5-million-strong workforce.
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November 17, 1986 | United Press International
Brazil's ruling coalition appeared today to have made a nationwide sweep in the first congressional and gubernatorial elections since the return of civilian rule 20 months ago. Unofficial results showed that candidates supporting President Jose Sarney apparently won all 23 state governorships and most of the congressional seats in weekend elections.
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April 10, 2010 | By Anuradha K. Herath
Sri Lanka's ruling coalition sailed to victory by winning more than half the Parliament's seats in this week's elections, poll officials said Friday, boosting its power and setting off a massive celebration. A key question amid all the backslapping and victory cheers, however, is what the government will do with the impressive mandate. Although the showing by President Mahinda Rajapaksa's United People's Freedom Alliance fell short of the two-thirds majority it sought after winning a quarter-century civil war last year, the coalition came close by securing 60% of the vote and 117 of the 225 seats in the Parliament.
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November 18, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Estonia's ruling coalition collapsed as a junior party representing farmers pulled out in protest against plans to cut personal income taxes. The decision by the People's Union deprived Prime Minister Juhan Parts of a majority in Parliament. Villu Reiljan, farm minister and head of the People's Union, told a news conference he could not support the national budget proposal because its planned tax cut would serve the rich.
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November 7, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
The ruling coalition controlled by Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic won a clear victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, the federal election commission said. A commission spokesman told reporters that the three-party leftist coalition won 64 seats, the opposition Together coalition gained 22, the Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro had 20 and the Serbian Radical Party won 16. The remaining seats in the 138-seat parliament were shared by six other parties.
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October 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Lithuanians voting in a parliamentary election rejected the ruling coalition for the opposition Labor Party, which promised lower taxes and higher pay. With 80% of votes counted, Labor had won 31%, and the ruling partners -- the Social Democrats and New Union -- together received 20%. Remaining votes were split among four parties. Turnout was a record low of 45%.
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April 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Six former communist rebels were sworn in as part of Nepal's interim government, a major step in a peace process that ended their decade-long insurgency. The Maoist leaders pledged to ensure development in the impoverished Himalayan nation and hold credible elections in June. More than 13,000 people were killed before a cease-fire was declared in April 2006 after weeks of pro-democracy protests that forced King Gyanendra to give up absolute rule and restore the disbanded parliament.
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May 5, 2013 | By Simon Roughneen and Mark Magnier, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
PENANG, Malaysia - Malaysia's ruling National Front coalition won at the polls Sunday, election commission officials announced, as voters opted for continuity and experience over opposition calls for reform. The 13-party National Front secured 133 of 222 parliamentary seats, surpassing the 112 required for a simple majority. It was the coalition's 13th consecutive general election victory since the country gained independence from Britain in 1957. Prime Minister Najib Razak, 59, head of the majority United Malays National Organization party, led the ruling coalition to victory, hammering home the message to his largely rural conservative Muslim Malay base that the inexperienced opposition would ruin the economy and erode national security.
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May 3, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
NEW DELHI - Malaysia faces its most significant election in decades Sunday, as voters choose between the longtime ruling coalition touting its steady hand and an untested opposition alliance promising economic and political reforms. The stakes are huge as the old guard digs in, analysts say, fanning fear among its traditional Muslim base that national security, the economy and Islam's central role will be undercut if a more diverse opposition takes power. Malaysia's population is about 60% ethnic Malay Muslim, 25% ethnic Chinese and 15% ethnic Indian.
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May 8, 2012
Political upheaval in Europe reached a new apex over the weekend when French voters threw out their incumbent president and Greeks gave the heave-ho to the ruling parliamentary coalition. The results suggest that a new consensus is emerging in Europe in favor of more economic stimulus, but they also call into question the continent's ability to agree on a plan to keep its fiscal problems from spreading uncontrollably. European leaders had agreed to a series of pacts that would rescue Greece and other defaulting countries in exchange for steep reductions in their red ink, while also requiring every country that relies on the euro to shrink their debts and curb deficit spending.
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July 13, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
In a bid to jump-start a flagging government and move beyond persistent corruption scandals, India's ruling coalition Tuesday announced a Cabinet reshuffle. But analysts questioned whether the relatively modest changes would be enough to restore political momentum and burnish the image of the Congress Party and its allies. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced new leaders for 13 ministries, mostly in the social welfare area, while leaving the four most powerful portfolios — defense, external affairs, finance and home — untouched.
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July 8, 2011 | By Vincent Bevins, Los Angeles Times
Two of President Dilma Rousseff's ministers have resigned recently amid accusations of corruption, complicating her efforts to run Latin America's largest country after taking over from Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in January. Transport Minister Alfredo Nascimento resigned late Wednesday after accusations that officers in his ministry had acted inappropriately, including accepting bribes in awarding government contracts. Last month, Antonio Palocci, Rousseff's chief of staff and most senior minister, resigned after news reports said his personal wealth had risen sharply during his time as a congressman and did not seem to match his apparent sources of income.
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January 14, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Voters gave a thumbs-down to Britain's ruling coalition Thursday, electing a new member of Parliament from the opposition Labor Party in a sign of brewing discontent over the harshest government austerity plan in decades. It was the first electoral test for the Conservative-led coalition that took power last spring after 13 years of Labor dominance. The new government has announced a series of massive cuts in public spending to close a yawning budget deficit and to remold a society that it says has grown too dependent on the state.
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June 6, 1995 | Reuters
With time running out, Japan's ruling coalition failed again Monday to resolve a deadlock over Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama's drive to push through Parliament an unambiguous apology for World War II. The key issue is whether Japan should apologize for waging "aggressive war" against Asian neighbors and imposing "colonial rule." Conservative coalition members have bitterly opposed a unilateral war apology.
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April 2, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Japan's ruling coalition ejected a junior partner Saturday in a move that still leaves Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi firmly in control. "We couldn't agree on a common future vision for governing, so it became clear it was impossible to continue in the tripartite coalition," the Kyodo News agency quoted Obuchi as saying. Obuchi's Liberal Democratic Party notified the Liberal Party that their partnership is over, Kyodo reported, quoting the chief Cabinet spokesman, Mikio Aoki.
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January 8, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
A key party that had defected this week from Pakistan's ruling coalition returned to the government Friday, a move that averts a major political crisis at a time when Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's embattled administration is struggling to overcome mounting economic turmoil and a resilient insurgency. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement's decision to rejoin the coalition, led by Gilani's Pakistan People's Party, came just a day after Gilani told the nation he was reversing his decision to impose fuel price increases as high as 9% that had kicked in Jan. 1. The highly unpopular increases had been harshly criticized by a broad spectrum of political leaders, and MQM officials had cited them Sunday as a prime reason the party was leaving the ruling coalition and joining the opposition.
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October 3, 2010 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
The pro-Western ruling coalition in the small Baltic country of Latvia staved off a serious challenge by a Russian-leaning party in parliamentary elections Saturday, but the party's gains shook a nation still haunted by Soviet purges and executions. The Harmony Center, which was formed five years ago to represent the Russian-speaking minority in Latvia, had tried to capitalize on disenchantment with the country's membership in the European Union. Latvia has been particularly hard hit by the continent's economic crisis.
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