Two candidates on opposite sides of the political spectrum in Brazil’s forthcoming presidential vote have been charged with receiving illegal campaign donations just a month before the election. Within 24 hours, Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers’ party’s (PT) and Geraldo Alckmin from the rightwing PSDB were both accused of funding violations in previous campaigns. Haddad is currently running to be vice-president to the incarcerated former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who has been banned from running due to his criminal conviction. Haddad is expected to assume the ticket as the presidential candidate imminently. Both candidates are accused of taking off-the-books campaign donations. Prosecutors are bringing a criminal case against Haddad for allegedly taking R$2.6m for his 2012 campaign for mayor of São Paulo from the construction firm UTC Participações. Alckmin is accused in a civil case of taking R$10m from the scandal-ridden … [Read more...] about Brazil presidential election: candidates on both sides charged with corruption
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Former Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has accused Labour's Chris Bryant of making a "slur" against the Welsh language.In a Facebook video Mr Bryant said Plaid's Rhondda general election candidate Branwen Cennard was "obsessed with the language".Mr Bryant, Labour's candidate for the seat, later told BBC Wales he had deleted the video because he did not like its "tone".Welsh Labour has been asked to comment. Corbyn a Marmite figure, says Welsh Labour leader Labour 'silent' on Wales funding, says Plaid Cymru Most candidates choose not to publish home address Who is standing for election in my area? In a video for the campaign, Mr Bryant said: "Here in the Rhondda of course it's quite specifically about who do we want to be the MP for the Rhondda."Who will we have confidence in when they stand up in the chamber of the House of Commons and make that argument for the Rhondda? "Is it going to be the Plaid candidate, who is obsessed with the language and with independence for Wales?"In … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Labour-Plaid Cymru spat over Welsh language ‘slur’
Croydon. Famous for concrete, Boxpark, Stormzy and Kate Moss.The south London borough is home to some 387,000 people, with the highest number of under-18s in the capital. Croydon North, Croydon South and Croydon Central are its three parliamentary constituencies. The latter is a marginal, bellwether seat meaning its winner has often belonged to the party that forms the next government. On a wet, grey day, residents shared their views on the election issues that mattered most to them. Gemma, 33, is a council officer who moved to the area five years ago and lives in Shirley.She said she "loves Croydon" and it had improved in her time there with the opening of places such as Boxpark - a pop up mall next to East Croydon station that serves a variety of cuisines from converted shipping containers. Live: Croydon in focus for the election General election 2019: The politically divided borough of Croydon The election however, is causing her some consternation. "I just feel like we're on the … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Croydon in focus
In the lead-up to the 2016 Brexit referendum, polls suggested immigration was seen as the most pressing issue facing the nation, not EU membership.Today, concern about immigration is far lower, even though many of the underlying factors have not changed. Whether or not we leave the EU, there are a huge number of unanswered questions over exactly what a reformed immigration system would look like.EU immigration has fallen For almost a decade, the number of migrants coming to the UK was the primary focus of the Conservative Party. David Cameron pledged to push net migration - the balance of people arriving minus those leaving in any one year - below 100,000. He failed. There is no doubt that many who back Brexit hope it will lead to greater control of immigration. But recent immigration statistics clearly show leaving the EU may not affect the overall number of migrants coming to the UK, because of the continuing economic pull the country exerts on the rest of the world. In the year to … [Read more...] about Election 2019: How significant is immigration to the UK?
This time next week Nigerians will be heading to the polls to vote in the general election. It looks likely to be a tight race between incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). A record 84,004,084 people have registered to vote — an increase of 18 percent from the 2015 election. With no opinion polls published indicating clear support for any particular candidate, it's difficult to accurately predict the outcome. Observers are already branding it one of the closest political races in the country's history. Nigerian presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar poses the biggest threat to Buhari The players 73 candidates are on the 2019 ballot papers. Abubakar is widely considered to be Buhari's main challenger. Like Buhari, comes from the north, is muslim and is in his 70s. The former vice president under Olusegun Obasanjo has made a bid for the presidency five … [Read more...] about 2019 Nigeria election: What you need to know