Merkel heir turns to former rival Merz to reverse poll slump

North Rhine-Westphalia's State Premier and Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union's (CDU) chancellor candidate Armin Laschet, right, stands on the stage with CDU politician Friedrich Merz as they present their party's so-called "Zukunftsteam" election campaign support team at the CDU headquartrs in Berlin, Germany, on Sept 3, 2021. (JOHN MACDOUGALL /...

Parties that don’t join elections are strange: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the value of political parties should be called into question if they have no plans to take part in elections. She was responding to an opinion piece by a DAB member who warned the Democratic Party against boycotting revamped Legislative Council elections in December. "According...

Norway govt faces big defeat in Sept election, poll shows

In this June 14, 2021 photo, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg is greeted by NATO Secretary General during the NATO summit at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / POOL / AFP) OSLO - Norway’s centre-left opposition parties are expected to defeat the incumbent Conservative-led...

Veteran democrat Lee Wing-tat leaves Hong Kong

The Democratic Party on Saturday confirmed that its vice-chairman, Lee Wing-tat, has left the SAR. Earlier, the pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po reported that Lee has been seen at the airport boarding a flight to London on Friday night. The party's chair, Lo Kin-hei, said the veteran democrat and former lawmaker...

Merkel’s bloc continues to slide in German election poll

German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares for the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on June 30, 2021. (TOBIAS SCHWARZ / POOL / AFP) The Christian Democratic party of outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel continued to lose support while its main rivals remained stable in the latest Insa poll, according to weekly...

Tanzania arrests leader of main opposition party

In this March 14, 2020 photo, Tanzania's Chadema Party chairman Freeman Mbowe (center) gestures as he arrives at the party's headquarters after being released from Segerea Prison in Dar es Salaam. (ERICKY BONIPHACE / AFP) NAIROBI - Tanzania’s main opposition party said on Wednesday its leader had been arrested with...

DP chairman Lo Kin-hei resigns as district councillor

Democratic Party chairman Lo Kin-hei on Sunday announced he has resigned as a district councillor, joining more than 150 pro-democracy councillors who have quit in a matter of days. Those who stepped down in the past few days include veteran councillors Kam Nai-wai and Joseph Lai, as well as the...

Sweden’s ousted PM says he has found a path to power

Stefan Lofven, leader of Sweden's Social Democrats, holds a media conference in Stockholm on June 29, 2021. (CLAUDIO BRESCIANI / TT VIA AP) The leader of Sweden’s Social Democrats, Stefan Lofven, will seek to form a new government via a parliamentary vote after enough parties promised not to block his comeback attempt....

Neo Democrats announce their disbandment

The pro-democracy party, the Neo Democrats, announced on Saturday that it had disbanded. In a Facebook post, the group said Hong Kong had undergone drastic changes over the past two years and the political environment now was much worse than before. It said, with the introduction of the national security...

Swedish PM Lofven ousted in parliament no-confidence vote

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven before a confidence vote in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday June 21, 2021. (ANDERS WIKLUND / TT VIA AP) STOCKHOLM - Sweden's parliament ousted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a no-confidence vote on Monday, giving the Social Democrat leader a week to resign...

Ten councillors quit Civic Party ahead of oath taking

Ten district councillors on Sunday announced they had quit the Civic Party, ahead of the expected introduction of loyalty oaths for council members. After the latest resignations, the party is left with just five councillors, down from the 32 elected in the 2019 polls. Those leaving include Yau Tsim Mong's...

Carrie Lam hails CCP for ‘great leadership skills’

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has hailed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for showing “great leadership skills” in combating the Covid-19 pandemic, saying China is the first major economy in the world to rein in the spread of the virus. Speaking at a forum to mark the party’s 100th anniversary, Lam...