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# Elections

All time
The first Tuesday of November will define the next chapter of American politics
The US mid-terms will be the first nationwide referendum on Donald Trump, writes Larry Donnelly.
# Explainer
Brazil is choosing a new president ... Here's what you need to know
Voting today was to start at 8am (11am Irish time). Initial results are expected late this evening.
# Elections
Far-right tipped to win big as Swedes vote
The party has roots in the neo-Nazi movement.
# acrimony
Cricket hero Khan claims victory as Pakistan election marred by rigging allegations
International observers are due to give their observations on the voting process tomorrow.
# Putin Him In Charge
Russians go to the polls as Putin is set to secure a fourth term in charge
The election comes amid tensions with Britain.
# First Pasta Post
Populist leaders battle to govern Italy after left collapses as leader resigns
The leader of the ruling centre-left party resigned with a warning about a “wind of extremism”.
# Elections
Italians go to the polls today in an election which is too close to call
The result should be known tomorrow morning.
# Russian election
No manifesto, no programme, no debates - but Putin is cruising towards another election victory
It is highly unlikely that Putin will be unseated this time round.
How will Ireland handle social media in the Eighth Amendment referendum?
The spread of mis or disinformation around referendums on social media could harm our democracy, writes Gavin Sheridan.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland have directly elected mayors?
In addition to the referendum on abortion next year, Ireland will vote on three other referendums.
# diplomacy 101
Watch: Boris Johnson just had a very tense press conference with his Russian counterpart
Johnson challenged Sergey Lavrov on Russian interference in British elections.
# afd
Co-leader of far-right party quits just hours after German election breakthrough
Citing “dissent” with more hardline colleagues, Petry dropped her bombshell at a morning party press conference.
# gross irregularities
Jubilant scenes as judge declares controversial Kenyan election null and void
President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term in a widely criticised election last month.
# The Fix
Dodgy technology and dead people voting - Kenya has a job on its hands preventing fraud in its coming election
Recent elections in the African nation have been beset by claims of vote-rigging and intimidation.
Watchdog sent 90 files to gardaí over possible election offences
The Standards in Public Office Commission gave the details in its annual report, published today.
# Women for Election
Here's what Irish political parties are doing to encourage women to run in next election
Women for Election is launching a fundraiser, it says the rise of women in the last election could mean that people will now ‘rest on their laurels’.
# Young Pretenders
Macron promises 'revolution' as he unveils gender equal list of political outsiders
“We aim to build a majority for change,” the president-elect said.
# clear as mud
'The Taoiseach is too slow and too mesmerised': Gerry Adams calls for Brexit clarity
Gerry Adams also accused the British government of threatening Sinn Féin with the prospect of another election.
# Standing firm
Threat of a far-right French presidency is real 'but France will not give in', says Hollande
Alain Juppe ruled himself out as a candidate today.
# no longer immune
Marine Le Pen could be prosecuted for tweeting photos of Islamic State killings
The European Parliament lifted immunity from prosecution today.
# Elections
Le Pen's personal assistant charged in 'fake jobs' scandal
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Macron won the support of a key centrist.
# 2015 called
As if we didn't have enough to worry about - here are five reasons why a GREXIT is back on the agenda
The will-they-won’t-they Greek financial crisis dominated the summer of 2015.
# va va vote
Explainer: Everything you need to know about the French presidential election
The world is watching for the next Brexit or Trump, but will it happen?
# Reversal
OCI reverse decision to ban media from presidential elections
The Olympic Council of Ireland elections have traditionally been open to the press.
# YAHYA Jammeh
Profile: Gambia's enigmatic leader who refused to cede power (and claims he can cure AIDS with herbs)
Yahya Jammeh, who had until last night refused to accept his losing result in last month’s election, has led the west African nation since seizing power in a coup 22 years ago.
# Breaking
Martin McGuinness is stepping away from politics and will not seek re-election
The outgoing Deputy First Minister said he was not “physically able” to continue in his current role.
# powerful motivator
Kenyan MP urges women to boycott sex until men register to vote
Mishi Mboko said it was the best bet for beating the current government at the polls.
# Collapse
The deadline has passed and Northern Ireland is heading for a snap election
Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire will have no choice but name a date for elections later today.
# No regrets
Enda Kenny says he doesn't regret the comments he made in the Dáil about Donald Trump
When asked about Trump’s comments in the Dáil in May, Kenny described the comments as both “racist and dangerous”.
# super prime numbers
Lotto wins, election votes and Olympic medals - it's the YEAR in numbers
From celebrity deaths, to centenary commemorations – 2016 was certainly a year to remember (or forget).
"I - and most pundits - got it wrong about Trump v Clinton"
Now that the first shock has abated, columnist Larry Donnelly ponders on a world post-Trump victory.
# President Trump
Building a giant wall, protecting gun owners and stopping immigration - here are the policies that got Trump elected
The president-elect’s vague policy proposals resonated with a lot of voters.
# Speak Strewth to Power
Australian Prime Minister told to quit after "Brexiting" himself
“He has taken this nation to an election on the basis of stability; he has delivered instability.”
# Coalition
All smiles, but Australia's in political limbo after voters punish government
There could be a hung parliament thanks to how citizens chose to vote.
# Too close to call
Election count underway in Australia with top parties neck and neck
Leaders of the major parties have each promised to bring stability to a government long mired in chaos.
# Spain
Spain's conservatives have scored a big election victory in the wake of Brexit
The Popular Party (PP) increased its number of seats in the second election in six months.
# UK Elections
London elects its first Muslim mayor
Vote-counting was taking place across Britain and Northern Ireland today.
# Jewish state
Hitler's name just won't go away as Labour's 'anti-semitism' row rumbles on
Ken Livingstone apologised for loads of things but not for involving the Nazi leader.
# four months later
Think our politicians are bad at deal-making? There's a fresh election in Spain
There’s not much enthusiasm for the new vote – but it may bring an end to the political limbo.
# Upper House
Averil Power loses out to Lynn Ruane in battle for Seanad seat
There’ll be plenty of familiar faces in the upper house.