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Sweden conservatives woo far-right to topple government

Stockholm - Sweden's main opposition party courted controversy Thursday by suggesting it accept support by the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) to bring down the minority government.

UK Women's Equality Party debuts on Trump 'disaster'

Manchester - Britain's newly-formed Women's Equality Party is thrashing out topics such as unequal pay and the "disaster" of Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton to the White House, at its first ever conference this weekend.

May's Conservatives heading down open road to Brexit

London - Turmoil in the political opposition has given Britain's governing Conservative Party free rein to implement Brexit in its own way, but Prime Minister Theresa May is at the mercy of her own awkward squad, analysts say.

Diane James replaces Farage as leader of Britain's UKIP

Bournemouth - Nigel Farage on Friday said UKIP had "changed the course of British history" with Brexit as he handed over leadership of the eurosceptic party, which faces an uncertain future without its charismatic chief.

Britain's UKIP choosing new leader to follow Farage

Bournemouth - Britain's UKIP announces its new leader on Friday, though the contest to replace charismatic figurehead Nigel Farage has divided the anti-EU party.

S.Africa's ANC faces deep crisis after vote defeat

Johanesburg - Record electoral losses and deep internal divisions are threatening both the long hold on power enjoyed by South Africa's ruling ANC party and the political future of President Jacob Zuma.

Pretoria opposition coalition talks fail after vote

Johanesburg - South Africa's leading opposition party said Wednesday it would not be forming a coalition government to run the country's capital, despite defeating the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in local polls.

Brexit resignations prompt 'nation of quitters' doubts

London - Britain's vote to leave the European Union has prompted a spate of political resignations, starting with that of Prime Minister David Cameron, that have prompted a bout of national soul-searching.

Britain's Theresa May launches bid to succeed PM

London - British interior minister Theresa May announced her bid to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday, saying negotiations to leave the European Union should not begin before the end of the year.

Brexit campaigner Gove bids to succeed Cameron as UK prime minister

London - Leading Brexit campaigner and Justice Minister Michael Gove on Thursday announced a surprise bid to succeed David Cameron as British prime minister, launching a sensational attack on referendum ally Boris Johnson, who is also expected to run.

Race opens to find Brexit Britain's new leader

London - The ruling Conservatives fired the gun Wednesday on the race to pick Britain's next premier after a shock Brexit vote, as departing David Cameron turned his fire on beleaguered opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.

UK Labour leader Corbyn defies Brexit ouster vote

London - British opposition Labour lawmakers voted massively against their leader Jeremy Corbyn in a no-confidence motion Tuesday triggered by the Brexit crisis, but the veteran socialist refused to quit.

Britain's parties in leadership tumult after Brexit shock

London - Britain's two main political parties were in Brexit turmoil on Tuesday as the race to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron began in earnest and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn faced a no-confidence vote from Labour MPs.

Cheers for 'Leave' at EU referendum party

London - Chanting and cheering, "Leave" supporters hailed early victories in the EU referendum at a lavish party in London featuring a large cake decorated with a champagne bottle and a Union Jack flag.

Turkey PM to quit as Erdogan tightens grip

Ankara - Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday announced he would step down in two weeks as ruling party chief and premier, in a shock exit set to further boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's growing powers.

Latin American leftist parties reject Brazil 'coup'

Managua - A grouping of leftwing Latin America political parties on Wednesday rejected the impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, calling it an "institutional coup.

South Africa anti-apartheid stalwart urges Zuma to step down

Johanesburg - A South African anti-apartheid veteran who was jailed with Nelson Mandela has urged beleaguered President Jacob Zuma to step down after a damning ruling found him in violation of the constitution.

Old foes face dilemma over teaming up after Irish election

Dublin - Ireland's two biggest political parties, bitter rivals for almost a century, were facing a tough choice Monday in the wake of inconclusive elections -- team up, or risk months of instability.

Zuma ridicules S. Africa opposition for disrupting his speech

Cape Town - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Friday mocked the opposition as "useless" and ignorant, after rowdy radical lawmakers repeatedly disrupted his annual state of the nation parliamentary address.

Thanks to big data, U.S. parties know all about voters

Washington - If you're an American voter and have provided personal information to a company, chances are data groups have shared it with political parties to help them target potential supporters.

Out with the old, say many Spanish voters

Barcelona - As they voted on Sunday, many Spaniards let rip their anger with the two parties that have alternated power for decades -- casting their ballot instead for two upstart political groupings.

From AKP to HDP: The main parties in Turkey's vote

Istanbul - More than 54 million Turks are eligible to cast their votes in a snap election Sunday called following an inconclusive vote in June.

Who will lead Canada: Harper, Trudeau or Mulcair?

Ottawa - Canadians must choose their next prime minister on Monday from three main party leaders. Stephen Harper is an economist once seen as prickly and more at home ploughing through economic theory than mingling with voters on the campaign trail.

Portugal opposition leader raises prospect of leftist coalition govt

Lisbon - The head of Portugal's main opposition Socialists on Monday raised the prospect of forming an "alternative government" with two other leftist parties, after inconclusive elections saw the ruling centre-right fall short of an outright victory.

Moderate upstarts Ciudadanos, Spain's most courted party

Madrid - Spanish party Ciudadanos has no seats in the national parliament, but that could change dramatically in December's general election.

Canada parties split on security, anti-IS air strikes

Montr - Canada could curb its counterterrorism efforts, including airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, if Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Tories are defeated in October 19 elections.

Ukraine crisis a key issue in Canada's election

Montr - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's hard line against Moscow's aggression in Ukraine has earned him support from Canada's Ukrainian diaspora, a group that could be pivotal as he seeks a fourth mandate on October 19.

Tajikistan arrests 23 leaders of banned opposition party

Dushanbe - Ex-Soviet Tajikistan announced Tuesday it had arrested 23 leaders of the beleaguered Islamic opposition party the volatile Central Asian state has banned and branded a terrorist organisation.

Quixotic Greek anti-corruption crusader finally tastes success

Atenas - As Alexis Tsipras cruised to victory in Greece's general election, the outcome must have tasted even sweeter for the man considered the "Don Quixote" of Greek politics.

Greek party ads spice up election campaign

Atenas - Alexis Tsipras is a six-year-old with a broken left arm and Greece's leading female politician changes a tyre in high heels while refusing to pay the country's debt -- party ads are spicing up an otherwise flat election campaign.
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