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A sigh of relief in Europe as Macron sweeps to victory

A sigh of relief in Europe as Macron sweeps to victory

There was a sigh of relief across Europe on the news of the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the French presidential elections held on Sunday (24 April), thwarting an attempt to unseat him by far right candidate Marie Le Pen. Many in Europe are describing the outcome as a win for the European Union.  "Bravo Emanuel", European Council president Charles Michel wrote on twitter. “In this turbulent period, we need a solid Europe and a France totally committed to a more sovereign and more strategic European Union.” Whilst Macron was always the favorite to win, European countries watched anxiously as his lead in opinion polls narrowed in the days before the ballot. A victory for Le Pen, a deeply eurosceptic politician who has professed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, would have had huge implications for the stability of the EU. Le Pen had long flirted with the idea of leaving the bloc, although she insisted during her campaign that she had no “secret agenda” this time for quitting the group or the euro single currency.

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Libya elections could be pushed back to June

Libya elections could be pushed back to June

After ending the year with chaos and uncertainty, Libya political factions disagreed over elections rules leading to the postponement of elections originally scheduled for 24 December 2021. It is now expected that elections be pushed towards a June 2022 deadline with no official date set yet. 
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Less than two weeks to go before elections and presidential candidates in Libya are yet to be announced

Less than two weeks to go before elections and presidential candidates in Libya are yet to be announced

Libya High National Election Commission did not yet announce the final list of candidates running for presidential elections on 24 December. The latest twist threatens the success of an UN-backed effort into restoring a government in Libya and moving beyond a decade of violence. 
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First Swedish female prime minister returns after one week

First Swedish female prime minister returns after one week

The Swedish leader of the Social Democratic Party, Magdalena Andersson, regained the position of prime minister on Monday (29 November) with 101 votes in favour in the 349-member Swedish parliament (Riksdag), 75 abstentions and 173 votes against. Andersson was supported by her Social Democrats Party and an independent.
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Political unease as elections approach in Libya

Political unease as elections approach in Libya

The Libyan political landscape is facing tense challenges. A court is set to hear several complaints filed by candidates challenging the legality of prime minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah's run for the presidency. Meanwhile, gunmen prevented Saif al-Islam Gaddafi from attending a hearing against the elections commission’s decision to disqualify him from elections.