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2006-04-09 12:12:31

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's conservative opposition Fidesz won most votes in the first round of general elections on Sunday, an exit poll showed. The poll, carried out by the Tarki Institute at 24 out of 176 constituencies, showed the conservatives won 45 percent of the vote followed by the ruling Socialists with 43 percent. The poll showed the Socialists' junior coalition partners, the liberal Free Democrats, passed the 5 percent threshold needed to enter parliament, which...

2006-04-09 03:30:00

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's 8 million voters went to the polls on Sunday to choose between a Socialist-led government which says the country must embrace globalization and an opposition that wants a "patriotic" economic policy. This is the fifth parliamentary election since communism ended in 1989 and the first since the country of 10 million people joined the European Union. By 0700 GMT, three hours after polling stations had opened, more than 11 percent of ballots had been cast,...

2006-04-09 00:42:20

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's 8 million voters started voting on Sunday to choose between a Socialist-led government which says the country needs to embrace globalisation and an opposition which wants a "patriotic" economic policy. This is the fifth parliamentary election since communism ended in 1989 and the first since the country of 10 million people joined the European Union. Polls taken before a blackout last week showed the Socialists and their partner, the Alliance of Free...

2006-03-30 23:49:33

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government took a strong lead as local poll results came in on Friday, with its Marxist allies also performing better in a vote closely watched for its impact on the peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels. Of the first 97 councils reported out of 266, President Mahinda Rajapakse's United Peoples' Freedom Alliance won 82, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) took 11 and the Marxist JVP retained control of one council,...

2006-03-30 23:33:36

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government made early gains as local poll results trickled in on Friday, with hardline Marxists expected to increase their vote in a poll that could affect the peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels. Thursday's vote at local authority level is widely seen as a litmus test of the popularity of the Marxist JVP, who helped President Mahinda Rajapakse to power but demand a tough line with the Tigers that many say is hurting efforts to turn...

2006-03-30 18:20:08

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government and its hardline Marxist allies made early gains as local election results trickled in before dawn on Friday in a poll analysts say could impact on a peace bid with the Tamil Tigers rebels. Thursday's vote at local authority level is widely seen as a litmus test of the popularity of the Marxist JVP, who helped President Mahinda Rajapakse to power but insist on a tough line with the Tigers many say is hurting efforts to turn...

2006-03-29 21:22:03

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankans began voting on Thursday in local government elections widely seen as a litmus test of the popularity of President Mahinda Rajapakse's hardline Marxist allies that could impact on a fragile peace process. Polls in and near Tamil Tiger areas across most of the island's north and east have been postponed for six months on security worries and, with only a handful of frontline areas voting, attention is concentrated on the majority Sinhalese...

2006-03-28 15:25:00

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The debate on immigration poses deep political risks for a divided Republican Party that could see its recent gains among Hispanics wiped out if Congress approves a bill that gets tough with illegal workers. The Republican split on immigration, on full display as senators took up the issue on Monday amid emotional street protests, could sabotage the party's long-range effort to court the country's fastest growing ethnic group,...

2006-03-24 15:35:00

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans, beset by an array of political troubles, are cranking up the attacks on Democrats and trying to change the subject from President George W. Bush ahead of November's congressional elections. With Bush slumping in the polls and Republicans on the defensive over the Iraq war and a series of ethics scandals, the party wants to shift the spotlight away from the White House by convincing voters that Democratic rule...

2006-03-05 04:33:43

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's ruling conservatives are tying for public support with the opposition socialists after losing a two percentage point poll lead in less than a month, opinion polls showed on Sunday. One poll gave the conservatives, who this week celebrate two years in power marked by unpopular economic measures and scandals, 34.4 percent public support, just 0.2 percent more than their socialist rivals. Another put the conservatives on 33.9 percent, versus 33.4 percent for...


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snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.