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Despite Trump push, healthcare vote going to the wire

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump faces a reckoning on Thursday (Mar 23) as US lawmakers vote on his presidency’s biggest legislative test, the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, as conservatives vowed to kill it unless important last-minute changes are made. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives votes on the controversial measure despite challenges over whether Trump… Read More »

Romania's leftist government of PM Grindeanu wins vote of confidence

BUCHAREST: Romania’s Social Democrat-led government of leftist Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu won a vote of confidence by a comfortable margin in parliament on Wednesday, marking the grouping’s return to power after a one-year break. The new cabinet which has outright majority in the legislature won 295 to 133, parliament’s ballot count data showed. (Reporting by… Read More »

Nicaragua ruling party widens majority in Congress after vote

MANAGUA: Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega’s party strengthened its majority in the country’s Congress after his landslide re-election earlier this month, the country’s electoral authority said on Tuesday. Ortega, a former Marxist guerilla and the head of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party, won his third consecutive term in the election on Nov. 6, as… Read More »

Spain's Socialists agree to abstain in prime minister confidence vote

MADRID: Spain’s Socialists cleared the way on Sunday for the conservative People’s Party (PP) to be sworn in to government, ending a 10-month political deadlock that has paralysed institutions and threatened to derail an economic recovery. Senior members of the centre-left party voted 139 in favour, versus 96 against, of abstaining in a new confidence… Read More »

Brazil's lower house scraps vote on asset amnesty programme

BRASILIA: The speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress, Rodrigo Maia, said on Tuesday he had scrapped a bill to change a programme granting amnesty to Brazilians that pay billions of dollars in taxes and fines to legalize undeclared assets held abroad. Maia’s surprise decision came amid disagreements with the government, which opposed relaxing the… Read More »

Strong AfD showing in Berlin vote would be seen as Nazi rebirth – mayor

BERLIN: A double-digit score for the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) in a Berlin city vote on Sunday would be seen around the world as the rebirth of the Nazis, the mayor of the German capital has warned. The right-wing AfD has gained support as voters become increasingly uneasy with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee… Read More »

Croatia's politicians promise tax cuts, woo upstarts before vote

ZAGREB: Croatia’s two biggest parties are promising tax cuts and toning down talk of tough reforms as well as building alliances with smaller, mostly upstart parties to try to convince voters they can produce a stable government in September’s snap election. Last November’s election produced a fragile government embroiled in disputes over sensitive political appointments,… Read More »

Congolese vote delay keeps Kabila in power after mandate ends

KINSHASA: Congo’s next election will be delayed until at least July 2017, the election commission said on Saturday, allowing long-standing President Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond the end of his mandate in December. The election’s postponement due to funding shortages and delays in the registration of millions of new voters was expected. But… Read More »