Germany election: Merkel wins fourth term, exit polls say

Germany election: Merkel wins fourth term, exit polls say

Media playback is unsupported on your device German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a fourth term while nationalists have made a historic breakthrough in federal elections, exit polls suggest. Her conservative CDU/CSU alliance is set to remain the largest party in the parliament, with 32.5% of the vote. Its outgoing coalition partner, the social democratic SPD, says it will go into opposition after winning 20%. The nationalist AfD is on track to become…

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Kenya presidential election cancelled by Supreme Court

Kenya presidential election cancelled by Supreme Court

Media playback is unsupported on your device Kenya’s Supreme Court has annulled the result of last month’s presidential election, citing irregularities, and ordered a new one within 60 days. The election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes. Raila Odinga, Mr Kenyatta’s opponent, said the commission was “rotten” and demanded resignations and prosecutions. President Kenyatta said he would respect the court’s decision but also branded the judges…

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General election: Queen's Speech delayed

General election: Queen's Speech delayed

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Queen’s Speech – in which the government sets out its legislative programme – has been delayed for a few days, the BBC understands. The set-piece event had been due to take place on Monday 19 June. The Conservatives are negotiating with the Democratic Unionist Party to get support for their minority government. Brexit Secretary David Davis predicted some parts of the Tory manifesto would now have to…

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General election 2017: Fallon defends DUP government 'deal'

General election 2017: Fallon defends DUP government 'deal'

Media playback is unsupported on your device A Conservative deal with the Democratic Unionist Party would only apply to “big issues” like the economy and security, the defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon said the parties were seeking an agreement – which would not be a formal coalition – to keep a minority Tory government in power. Speaking to Andrew Marr, Sir Michael also distanced himself from the DUP’s conservative stance on social issues….

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General election 2017: DUP 'in positive talks' with Tories

General election 2017: DUP 'in positive talks' with Tories

The Democratic Unionist Party says it has had “positive talks” over a “confidence and supply” deal to support a Conservative government. Theresa May was left eight seats short of an overall majority in the general election, while the DUP won 10 seats. Tory chief whip Gavin Williamson went to Belfast on Saturday for talks with the Northern Irish party. The DUP said talks would continue next week to “work on the details” and “reach agreement”….

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Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill quit No 10 after election criticism.

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill quit No 10 after election criticism.

Media playback is unsupported on your device Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, Theresa May’s closest advisers, have resigned in the wake of the Conservatives’ failure to win the general election. The PM had been warned she faced a leadership challenge on Monday unless she sacked the pair, the BBC understands. Mr Timothy said said he accepted responsibility for his role in the Tory manifesto, criticised by many MPs. He said he regretted not including a…

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Election results 2017: Exit poll predicts Tories to be largest party

Election results 2017: Exit poll predicts Tories to be largest party

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Tories will be the largest party but may not have a majority, according to the general election exit poll. The survey taken at polling stations across the UK suggests the Tories could get 314 MPs when all the results have been counted in Thursday’s election. Labour would get 266, the Lib Dems 14, UKIP none and the SNP 34, the GFK/Ipsos MORI poll for BBC/ITV/Sky suggests. Early…

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General election 2017: Voters to go to the polls

General election 2017: Voters to go to the polls

Millions of people will be casting their vote in the UK general election later. Polls open at 07:00 BST at more than 40,000 polling stations across the country, with counting starting once voting ends at 22:00 BST. A total of 650 Westminster MPs will be elected, with about 46.9 million people registered to vote. That is up from the last general election, in 2015, when there were 46.4 million registered voters. Some votes have already…

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