Date created : 16/06/2019 - 08:16 Guatemalans will vote for their next president on Sunday in elections plagued by widespread disillusion and distrust, and as tens of thousands of their compatriots flee poverty and gang violence to seek a new life in the United States. With 19 candidates in the race for president, and the winner needing an absolute majority, a runoff between the two top vote-getters is likely in August.The road to this presidential election has been a chaotic flurry of court rulings and shenanigans, illegal party-switching and allegations of malfeasance that torpedoed the candidacies of two of the top three candidates.Three of the last four elected presidents have been arrested post-presidency on charges of corruption. Graft allegations have also targeted current President Jimmy Morales and his inner circle, though he denies wrongdoing and has been protected from prosecution due to his immunity while in office.Election fraudA recent poll from CID Gallup … [Read more...] about Guatemalans to elect new president amid distrust and corruption
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The two candidates to become Lithuania's next president are locked in a tight race ahead of Sunday's election. Former Finance Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and economist Gitanas Nausėda are competing to replace President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who cannot run again after two consecutive terms in office. Both are running as independents. They were neck-and-neck in the first round on March 12, which saw Šimonytė win 31.31 percent of the vote, narrowly beating Nausėda to the top spot by 0.37 percentage points. The Lithuanian electoral commission said that 3,935 votes were all that stood between them — in a country of 2.5 million eligible voters. But as neither candidate received 50 percent in the first vote, a second round will be held this Sunday, coinciding with the final day of voting in the European Parliament election. No opinion polls are expected to be published ahead of the vote. Šimonytė, 44, a former MP, was finance … [Read more...] about Close race ahead in Lithuania’s presidential election
Aamer Madhani USA TODAY Published 5:34 PM EDT May 23, 2019 Several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on Thursday blasted fast food giant McDonald’s for paying its workers substandard wages. The White House hopefuls – including Bernie Sanders, Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, and Jay Inslee – joined demonstrations by workers in 13 cities targeting the world’s most powerful restaurant chain over wages and working conditions. The protesters and the presidential candidates called on the Chicago-headquartered company to pay workers a minimum wage of at least $15 per hour and take more aggressive action in confronting sexual harassment and assaults on workers. Inslee ripped McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook, who made $15.9 million in 2018 and $21.8 million in 2017, for short-changing the company's workers. "Those people who say there isn't enough money in these corporations to pay adequate wages out to look at this particular … [Read more...] about Fight for $15: 2020 candidates slam McDonald’s over workers pay
People in Wirral will head to the polls next month to vote in what could be the most crucial Local Election in years. With the ruling Labour group holding the balance of power by a single seat, every vote will count on May 2, with the possibility of the local authority going into No Overall Control. Last year , there were margins as narrow as 23 votes, so candidates, campaigners and elected councillors have been out on the streets battling for the support of every one of the peninsula's residents. The ECHO has already brought you details of what each party is promising , the full list of candidates you can vote for, and a comprehensive breakdown of the issues that will win and lose the election for the various groups. Each polling station will be open from 7am until 10pm on the day, with most located in public buildings like schools or local halls. If you're already registered, you will have been sent a polling card in the post telling you which … [Read more...] about Wirral Local Elections 2019: Where is my polling station?
Kevin Hardy and Shelby Fleig Des Moines Register Published 4:09 PM EDT Apr 15, 2019 CORALVILLE, Ia. — Straining to speak over the lively happy hour crowd at Backpocket Brewing, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper acknowledged he receives “a lot of heat” on the campaign trail when it comes to health care. Hickenlooper is among a handful of presidential candidates opposed to the growing chorus of Democrats pushing for “Medicare for All,” a plan to expand the national health care program for seniors to all Americans. The plan would replace virtually all private insurance plans with government coverage. Just days after several high-profile candidates co-sponsored a Sen. Bernie Sanders-backed Medicare for All bill in the U.S. Senate, Hickenlooper cautioned against making that plan a deal breaker for Democratic voters looking to win back the White House in 2020. "We’re not going to beat Donald Trump if we hold ourselves to a … [Read more...] about Election 2020: Presidential candidates split on ‘Medicare for All’