Kenya’s Odinga says October poll would be illegal

LONDON – Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Friday his withdrawal from a presidential election rerun scheduled for Oct. 26 meant the poll had been “canceled” and there should be fresh nominations for a new vote. Odinga said that based on a 2013 Supreme Court ruling, Kenya’s Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) now had 90 days to accept new nominations following his withdrawal this week from the rerun against President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenyatta and…

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Merkel matters less than her next coalition allies

LONDON ( Breakingviews) – Winning brings its own problems. Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to land a fourth term in German elections on Sept. 24 yet may be forced to govern with a small majority in partnership with the Free Democrats (FDP).  That would be bad news for Germany and the European Union. The FDP, the traditional coalition partner for Merkel’s CDU/CSU party, failed to win enough votes to enter parliament in 2013. But three…

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Theresa May falls victim to anti-incumbent wave

LONDON ( Breakingviews) – Theresa May has become the latest Western politician to suffer from an anti-incumbent backlash. The Prime Minister’s Conservative government has lost its majority in Britain’s general election. Even if it clings to power, the gamble on seeking a bigger mandate has spectacularly failed. May was the clear loser from results published in the early hours of June 9. She had called an election three years earlier than scheduled in an attempt…

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Commentary: How voting rights’ victories could change the presidential race

U.S. courts have finally struck back against Republican efforts to restrict voting rights. A series of recent key decisions involving Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin and North Dakota aimed at excluding minority voters. The rulings roll back , that made it harder for African-American, Latino and American Indian voters — who skew overwhelmingly Democratic — to cast ballots. The laws imposed strict photo ID requirements, cut back on early voting and created new registration hurdles. The…

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Commentary: How Trump might be erased from (GOP) history

Partisanship is the thing that may save us from Donald Trump. Many staunch Republicans are refusing to support Trump because of his contempt for their conservative values. Many working-class Democrats share his populist views on trade and foreign policy — but they will never support his crude bigotry and xenophobia. This is the stage of the campaign where partisans are expected to fall in line. That seems to be happening with Democrats. Senator Bernie Sanders…

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Commentary: Democratic leaders should kiss up to Bernie Sanders

Politics is always most successfully played as a game of addition, not subtraction. For some reason, however, the Democratic Party establishment thinks the rules have changed. Borrowing a page from GOP front-runner Donald Trump, the Democratic leadership seems determined to belittle Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, which means belittling his large political following. Instead of being gracious winners — establishment favorite former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the likely nominee, barring the unpredictable — Democratic…

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Commentary: Shadow of Nazism looms over the Austrian election

If Norbert Hofer wins the Austrian presidential election on Sunday, it will mark the end of Vienna’s strategy for containing the far right. For years, Austria’s two major parties forged a coalition to keep the far right out of power. Across Western Europe, whenever a far-right party or candidate threatened to break the traditional political balance of power, more mainstream political parties joined together to keep them in check. This time, that may not be…

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