Fusfoo Five: Politics (Elections)

TurkeyErdogan Claims Vast Powers in Victory

In a referendum vote that was tighter than expected, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed a narrow victory. Despite international election observers claims that Turkey’s election committee broke the law with last-minute changes to voting rules, Erdoğan is excepted to use still use the new expanded powers he now has under the election's referendum mandate.

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South Korea: The Campaigning Begins

Campaigning began Monday for next month's South Korean presidential elections. The election aims to find a successor to ousted President Park Geun-hye, who was arrested after a corruption and cronyism scandal earlier this year. The election is heavily tilted toward candidates from liberal parties with the focus on the country's income inequality gap and the upward trend in youth unemployment.

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Great Britain: Theresa May  Calls for a General Election

UK Prime Minister Theresa May called for a general election on June 8th of this year - almost three years before the next scheduled election. May's call got the backing it needed from the The House of Commons, which approved it by a margin of 522 votes to 13, above the two-thirds majority needed. The Prime Minister has claimed that a new mandate would "strengthen her hand" in Brexit negotiations and provide clarity for Britain's future.

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Georgia: Special Election leads to a Run-off for Dems

Democrat Jon Ossoff narrowly missed winning an outright victory in a heavily conservative House district in Georgia. Ossoff, a newcomer to Georgia politics, has, according to the New York Times, "...thrown a scare into Republicans in a special congressional election that was seen as an early referendum on President Trump." Mr. Ossoff got 48.1 percent of the vote, just short of the 50 percent needed to win the seat, He willl face Karen Handel, the top Republican vote-getter, in a runoff in June.

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France: Will France pull a Trump with LePen

The French Presidential election continues to be unpredictable as early polls put the top four candidates within just four points of each other. Emmanuel Macron, the centre-right pro-EU candidate, leads the poll with 23 per cent. Marine Le Pen, whose has a populist message and has vowed to freeze immigration, is just one point behind. The rest of Europe is watching this election closely because the results will surely have an impact on the future of the European Union.

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