May 5, 2013 |
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.
May 3, 2013 |
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.
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.
July 13, 2011 |
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.
July 8, 2011 |
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.
January 14, 2011 |
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.