France, Germany and the Netherlands: The elections that could derail the EU in 2017

France, Germany and the Netherlands: The elections that could derail the EU in 2017

After Brexit rattled the European Union in 2016, a string of high-stakes elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands – along with possibly Italy – could bring even greater uncertainty to the bloc in the year to come. Buoyed by a year of electoral revolts on both sides of the Atlantic, Eurosceptic parties will be […]

Tensions rise in DR Congo as President’s final term expires without elections

Tensions rise in DR Congo as President’s final term expires without elections

Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s final term in office expires on Monday, with no election to choose a successor and amid a surge in popular anger over what opponents say is an attempt to cling to power in defiance of the constitution. The election has been postponed until at least April 2018 on the grounds of […]

Spain’s ruling party maintains majority in regional elections

Spain’s ruling party maintains majority in regional elections

Spain’s regional elections reinforced the centre-right People’s Party (PP) on Sunday while dealing a blow to the opposition Socialists, early results showed, but failed to signal a clear path to avoid a third nationwide vote in December. Two inconclusive general elections in December and June have plunged politicians into months of fruitless negotiations to try […]

Tension mounts as Gabon braces for presidential elections results

Tension mounts as Gabon braces for presidential elections results

Gabon was braced on Wednesday for an election result that looks likely to be hotly disputed between bitter rivals President Ali Bongo and his main challenger Jean Ping. The electoral commission was scheduled to release the results on Tuesday evening, but by 5.30 a.m. (0430 GMT) the following day, the panel was still in a […]

Congo opposition chief demands elections by end of 2016

Congo opposition chief demands elections by end of 2016

Congo’s veteran opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi on Sunday called for elections to be held this year and for President Joseph Kabila to step down as scheduled on December 20. Tensions have been growing in the mineral-rich but troubled state over fears that Kabila, in power since 2001, may try to extend his rule with a […]

Venezuela’s Maduro says no recall referendum in 2016

Venezuela’s Maduro says no recall referendum in 2016

Venezuela’s embattled President Nicolas Maduro vowed Saturday that no referendum on ending his term would be held until next year, amid mounting pressure as the country teeters on the brink of economic collapse. Maduro’s opponents are racing to call a referendum before January 10, as a successful recall vote before that deadline would trigger new […]