elections 2019 - updates

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First stop, Brexit: UK's Johnson gets down to work

Dec 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The Conservative leader is expected to carry out a limited cabinet reshuffle before welcoming new MPs to parliament following his landslide win in the December 12 general election

BACK TO WORK. This file photo shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks inside 10 Downing Street in London on August 30, 2019. File photo by Jeremy Selwyn/Pool/AFP

Victorious Johnson urges Britain to move past Brexit divide

Dec 14, 2019 - 1:56 PM

London stocks and the British pound jump on hopes of an end to years of uncertainty, which has hurt investment and economic growth

STILL THE PM. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following his Conservative party's general election victory. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

How the world is reacting to Johnson's big UK vote win

Dec 13, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Here are some of the initial reactions

WORLD REACTS. Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson is greeted by staff as he arrives back at 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government. Photo by Stefan Rousseau /Pool/AFP

Britain votes in 'Brexit election'

Dec 12, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Up for grabs are all 650 seats in the British parliament, which has been deadlocked since the 2016 referendum on EU membership that saw a majority vote to leave

POLLS OPEN. Council workers attach a polling sign to a lamp post in central London as polling stations open for a general election in London on December 12, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Algeria holds presidential vote fiercely opposed by protesters

Dec 12, 2019 - 2:59 PM

(UPDATED) Five candidates are in the running, all of them widely rejected as 'children of the regime' of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whom people power ousted in April after two decades in office

PROTESTS. Algerian protesters shout slogans during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers on December 10, 2019, ahead of the presidential vote scheduled for December 12. File photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Comelec to hear petition seeking to cancel Duterte Youth registration

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Petitioners say Duterte Youth is the only organization since the institution of the party list to have been granted registration without completing publication and hearing requirements

LEGAL BATTLES. Duterte Youth's seat in the 18th Congress remains vacant as the party faces several complaints filed against it at the Comelec. Photo by Jire Carreon

[OPINION] The voters of Hong Kong have spoken

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The protest must now be seen not as a young people’s movement, but as a grassroots rejection of Beijing’s rule

Background photo from AFP

China 'resolutely' backs Hong Kong leader despite polls setback

Nov 25, 2019 - 5:38 PM

"The Chinese government's resolve to protect national sovereignty, security and development interest has not faltered. Its resolve to carry out one country, two systems has not faltered," says foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

UK PM, Labour make election pitch to business

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:42 PM

Confederation of British Industry chief executive Carolyn Fairbairn warns that 'extreme ideology' on both sides is weighing on business confidence

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in central London, on November 18, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Symbolic swearing-in for Sri Lanka's new president

Nov 18, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Having spearheaded the brutal end of the Tamil separatist war a decade ago, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a divisive figure but popular among his own majority Sinhalese-Buddhist community

NEW PRESIDENT. Sri Lanka's new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa gestures during his swearing-in ceremony at the Ruwanwelisaya temple in Anuradhapura on November 18, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Louisiana reelects Democratic governor in setback for Trump

Nov 17, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Governor John Bel Edwards wins by a narrow margin against Republican businessman Eddie Rispone

REELECTED. Democratic incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards speaks to a crowd at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel on November 16, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

'Terminator' Rajapaksa storms to victory in Sri Lanka election

Nov 17, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the younger brother of the charismatic but controversial ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa

POLL WINNER. Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa (C) leaves a polling station after casting his vote during the country's presidential election in Colombo on November 16, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Romania votes for president with liberal incumbent favored

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:03 PM

In all, 14 candidates are standing, with pro-European incumbent Klaus Iohannis the favorite to win

ROMANIA VOTES. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis casts his ballot at a polling station, in Bucharest, on November 10, 2019. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Mauritius premier tightens hold on parliament

Nov 10, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth's center-right Morisian Alliance wins 4 more seats in the final allocation to hold 42 of 70 seats following Thursday's vote

MAURITIUS PM. Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of Militant Socialist Movement party observes a polling station for the parliamentary election at Soopaya Soobiah Government School in Reduit, Mauritus, on November 7, 2019. Photo by Beekash Roopun/L'Express Maurice/AFP

Spain PM sounds alarm over far-right at close of campaign

Nov 08, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Surveys suggest the ballot will end with a result similar to that seen in April, with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's Socialists winning but falling far short of an absolute majority

SPAIN ELECTION. The 5 main candidates for Spain's prime minister, (L to R) conservative People's Party (PP) leader Pablo Casado, Spanish prime minister and Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) leader, Pedro Sanchez, far-right wing Vox party leader, Santiago Abascal, far-left wing Podemos party leader, Pablo Iglesias and center-right political party Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera, pose for a picture prior to a televised debate at the Casa de Campo's Glass pavilion in Madrid, on November 4, 2019, ahead of November 10 general election. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Mauritians vote in first ballot since PM succeeded father

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth faces two opponents who say his appointment to the island's top job amounted to little more than nepotism

ELECTION DAY. Mauritian women check their names on a list before casting their votes for the parliamentary election at Soopaya Soobiah Government School in Reduit, Mauritius, on November 7, 2019. Photo by Beekash Roopun/L'Express Maurice/AFP

Sri Lanka election chief censors state TV ahead of polls

Nov 03, 2019 - 4:20 PM

This comes after the Independent Television Network aired a program that the election commission says had harmed the opposition frontrunner, who is also the brother of ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse

Afghan election results delayed again

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Election officials cite several technical issues slowing the counting of ballots, including an attempt from unknown quarters to hack the central system of Dermalog

An Afghan security personnel stands guard as women voters wait to cast their ballot at a polling station Herat on September 28, 2019. - Afghans headed to the polls amid tight security as voting got under way in the presidential election, following a bloody campaign that has been marred by repeated attacks across Afghanistan. (Photo by HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP)

Justin Trudeau to form minority government after winning Canada vote

Oct 22, 2019 - 10:25 AM

(4th UPDATE) Trudeau will have to form an alliance with one or more smaller parties in order to govern a fractured nation

POLLS. A supporter watches early election results roll in at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's election night headquarters on October 21, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

Canadians vote in tight election as Trudeau aims to cling to power

Oct 21, 2019 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) Polls open in the province of Newfoundland in eastern Canada, the first of the country's 6 time zones – with some 27.4 million Canadians eligible to elect 338 members of parliament

ELECTION DAY. People line up to vote at a polling station at Trinity Community Rec Center for Canada's 43rd general election October 21, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Brett Gundlock/Getty Images/AFP

Trudeau environment policy disappoints young Canada activists

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:24 AM

For activists, Justin Trudeau, who was a symbol of hope when he took office in 2015, is no longer a change agent but the man who didn't do enough for the environment

CRITICISM. In this file photo taken on August 26, 2019 Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses media representatives at a press conference in Biarritz, south-west France, on the third day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Justin Trudeau asks Canadians to give Liberals a clear majority

Oct 15, 2019 - 12:06 PM

The latest opinion Canadian election polls show the Liberals neck-and-neck with the Conservative Party of Andrew Scheer, with each tallying around 32 or 33%, leaving both parties far from an absolute majority

Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau speaks during a press conference following the Federal leaders French language debate at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec on October 10, 2019. Dave Chan / AFP

Sri Lanka faces costliest election, longest ballot paper

Oct 08, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Thirty five candidates are running in the November 16 poll, the highest number in any single ballot

COSTLIEST ELECTION. Sri Lankan troops keep watch and hold back party supporters outside the election commissioner's office in Colombo on October 7, 2019 shortly after candidates contesting for next month's presidential election handed in the nomination papers. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Scheer ups attacks on Trudeau in Canada election debate

Oct 08, 2019 - 11:00 AM

From the get-go, Andrew Scheer goes on the attack, calling Justin Trudeau 'a phoney and a fraud.' Trudeau shots back, criticizing Scheer for his underwhelming climate proposals at a time of global crisis.

DEBATE. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer (R) and Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau gesture to each other as they both respond during the Federal Leaders Debate at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec on October 7, 2019. Photo by Sean Kilpatrick/Pool/AFP

Anti-establishment parties battle political elite in Tunisia election

Oct 06, 2019 - 4:27 PM

The vote comes two weeks after the first round of a presidential election that eclipsed traditional political parties in favor of independent candidates

TO THE POLLS. A Tunisian man looks at posters of legislatives' candidates in the capital Tunis, on October 5, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

Austrians vote with conservatives in lead

Sep 29, 2019 - 2:35 PM

The parliamentary elections are brought about by the 'Ibiza-gate' corruption scandal that engulfed Sebastian Kurz's far-right coalition partner in May

ELECTION RALLY. Supporters wave Austrian flags as they attend an election rally of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPOe) in Vienna, Austria on September 27, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Outsider leads after divisive Tunisia presidential poll

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:48 PM

The initial signs point towards a major upset for Tunisia's political establishment, in place since the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

TUNISIAN POLLS. This combination of file pictures created on September 16, 2019, shows (L to R) Nabil Karoui, Tunisian media magnate and presidential candidate for Qalb Tounes party, currently jailed on corruption charges, in the capital Tunis on August 2, 2019; and independent candidate Kais Saied in the capital Tunis on September 10, 2019. Photos by Hasna and Fethi Belaid/AFP

Tunisia heads to polls for keenly fought presidential contest

Sep 15, 2019 - 2:14 PM

Some 7 million voters head to the polls on Sunday, September 15, to choose from a crowded field

KEY CANDIDATES. This combination of pictures created on September 12, 2019 shows 6 of the 26 candidates for Tunisia's upcoming presidential election (from top L clockwise): former president Moncef Marzouki, president of the Free Destourian Party (PDL) Abir Moussi, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, media magnate Nabil Karoui, former defense minister Abdelkrim Zbidi, and interim parliamentary speaker Abdelfattah Mourou. Photo by Fethi Belaid, HASNA/AFP

Austria's far-right party elects leader ahead of polls

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:19 PM

'Austria needs us,' says far-right leader Norbert Hofer

RUNNING AGAIN. Far-right leader Norbert Hofer also led a frustrated presidential bid in 2016. File photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

66% of Comelec's fingerprint verification machines malfunctioned in 2019 polls – PCIJ

Aug 18, 2019 - 4:06 PM

The voter registration verification project - worth nearly a billion pesos – is the poll body's second most expensive contract in line with the 2019 midterm elections

ELECTION DAY. Voters are forced to wait to cast their ballots in a polling precinct in Manila on May 13, 2019 after the Comelec's new fingerprint verifications machines malfunction. Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

37% of voters failed to choose a party-list in 2019 elections – PCIJ

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:24 AM

A report by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism finds new ballot designs as one reason behind undervoting in the party-list race

UNDERVOTING. The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism found nearly 40% of Filipino voters who participated in the 2019 elections did not vote for a party-list. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon: Cardema bid 'clear attempt' to circumvent law

Aug 06, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Comelec Commissioner Guanzon also says Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's ineligibilty to serve as representative of the youth sector is 'unmistakable'

INDEPENDENT VOICE. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's ineligibilty to serve as youth representative in the Lower House is 'unmistakable'. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Indonesian leader Jokowi, rival Prabowo hold reconciliation meeting

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Jokowi says he initiated a meeting with his two-time presidential challenger on an MRT train because he knew Subianto had never used the new system

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (R) speaks with former general Prabowo Subianto (L) on the newly-inaugurated Mass Railway Transport (MRT) system in Jakarta on July 13, 2019, as they meet for the first time since the April 17 general election. Defeated Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on July 13 declared a long-overdue congratulation to the incumbent president Joko Widodo for his re-election victory in the highly divisive political contest. SAGARA / AFP

Greece heads to polls with voters expected to oust Tsipras

Jul 07, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Polls forecast that Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a former banker and scion of a leading Greek political family, will win an absolute majority in Sunday's legislative elections

ELECTIONS. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is battling to overcome a 10-point deficit in opinion polls amid widespread dissatisfaction after years of high taxation. Photo by Milos Bicanski / AFP

Osmeña’s running mate also leaves Cebu City councilor’s office bare

Jul 02, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Former councilor Mary Ann delos Santos, who ran for vice mayor but lost, allegedly removes partition walls, cuts electrical wirings, and saws the newel caps of the railings leading to her former office

STRIPPED BARE. Former councilor Mary Ann delos Santos removes fixtures from her former office before stepping down on June 30, 2019. Photo by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

LOOK: Osmeña strips mayor’s office bare before stepping down

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The outgoing mayor of Cebu says he spent P2 million of his personal money to have a functional office when he assumed the post in 2016 because the city council rejected his request for funds

FIXTURES GONE. Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has furniture, fixtures, even tiles removed from the mayor's office on his last day on the job on June 28, 2019. All photos by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

Taiwan braces for pro-China fake news deluge as elections loom

Jun 27, 2019 - 1:00 PM

In Taiwan, the term 'red media' describes both legitimate news outlets, and more opaque online sources that flood the democratic island with either pro-China coverage or outright disinformation

In this photo taken on June 23, 2019, protesters hold placards with messages that read "reject red media" and "safeguard the nation's democracy" during a rally against pro-China media in front of the Presidential Office building in Taipei. With a presidential election looming Taiwan is bracing for a new deluge of fake news and disinformation -- much of it emanating from China and aimed at making sure Beijing's preferred party wins the day, analysts say.  HSU Tsun-hsu / AFP

Israel heads to new election after Netanyahu stumbles

May 30, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Israel will now head to the polls again on September 17, just over 5 months after an April election that saw Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing and religious allies win a majority

NETANYAHU. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 10, 2019. File photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool/AFP

Israel inches closer to snap election with overnight vote

May 28, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Pitched into chaos by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure to form a governing coalition after the April polls, the Knesset voted 66 to 44 in favor of a new election, tentatively scheduled for September 17

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem on May 27, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Ireland votes in European election after Dutch pro-EU surprise

May 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Eurosceptics are hoping for strong results across the continent but their momentum takes an early hit after a Dutch exit poll on May 23 shows pro-EU parties headed for a surprise win there

POLLS. A voter leaves a polling station as voting for the European Parliament elections got underway, in west Belfast, northern Ireland on May 23, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

EU elections shift to Ireland as populist forces gather elsewhere

May 24, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Around the continent, where most EU member states vote on Sunday, May 26, pro-European leaders are scrambling to mobilize their supporters to resist the populist surge

EU ELECTIONS. People leave and arrive at a polling station for the European Parliament elections at Bannside Presbyterian Church in Banbridge Co Down, northern Ireland, on May 23, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Populists eye upsets as Brexit-bound UK, Netherlands kick off EU elections

May 23, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Britain joins the Netherlands in kicking off 4 days of voting across the continent

EU ELECTIONS. A man arrives at Leeds Minster, converted into a polling station for the day, as voters cast their votes in the European Parliament elections, in Leeds, north east England, on May 23, 2019. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Attacks vs journalists, social media blocks in Indonesia amid election riots – IFJ

May 23, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Media groups say at least 7 journalists were reportedly attacked while they were covering the protests, while social media platforms WhatsApp and Facebook were blocked

RIOT. Indonesian anti-riot police clash with protesters during a demonstration against Indonesia's President Joko Widodo's victory in the recent election in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Modi vows 'inclusive' India after landslide election win

May 23, 2019 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) Although final results are yet to be published, a rolling vote count by the election commission shows the Bharatiya Janata Party has ncreased its majority with 302 out of 543 elected lower house seats

MODI SUPPORTERS. Indian supporters and party workers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wear masks of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and flash victory signs as they celebrate on the vote results day for India's general election in Bangalore on May 23, 2019. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

Indonesian troops flood Jakarta streets after post-election riots

May 23, 2019 - 2:08 PM

(UPDATED) The government has also partly blocked access to social media – including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – in a bid to clamp down on fake news and hoaxes linked to the violence

INDONESIA CLASHES. Indonesian policemen leave the office of the Election Oversight Body (Bawaslu) in Jakarta on May 23, 2019. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

India's Modi heads for reelection, early trends show

May 23, 2019 - 1:43 PM

After two and a half hours of counting, figures from the Election Commission show Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the lead in 283 seats out of 542 with the rival Congress on just 51.

MODI SUPPORTERS. Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters shout slogans as they celebrate on the vote results day for India's general election in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

LIVE UPDATES: Proclamation of winning party-lists in the 2019 Philippine elections

May 22, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Follow Rappler’s real-time coverage of the national and local races in the 2019 Philippine elections happening on May 13, 2019

Aussie election could have global climate impact

May 21, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Australia is a minnow compared to the bellowing economies of China or the United States, but role as the world's largest coal exporter gives the country outsized influence in the climate stakes

THE CLIMATE VOTE. Climate change activists hold placards outside a polling station in the Liberal-held Sydney seat of Warringah during Australia's general election in Sydney on May 18, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Milkshakes become weapon of choice in UK European campaign

May 21, 2019 - 8:29 AM

Former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage becomes the latest political figure on Monday, May 20, to be doused with a milkshake while campaigning for his new Brexit Party in this week's European Parliament election

MILKSHAKED. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage speaks at a European Parliament election campaign rally at Frimley Green, south west of London on May 19, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Ecstatic Australian conservatives bask in election glory

May 19, 2019 - 5:16 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison may yet have to depend on ecologically-minded independents to pass legislation and manage deep divisions within his fractious coalition

Australia's newly elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) arrives to deliver a victory speech with his family after winning the Australia's general election in Sydney on May 18, 2019. - Australia's ruling conservative coalition appeared to secure a shock election win on May 18, with the party predicted to have defied expectations and retained power. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)