A deepfake video shows Prime Minister Boris Johnson appearing to endorse Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for prime minister, and vice versa.
“President Evo Morales of Bolivia, who came to power more than a decade ago as part of a leftist wave sweeping Latin America, resigned on Sunday after unrelenting protests by an infuriated population that accused him of undermining democracy to extend his rule,” the New York Times reports.
“Mr. Morales’s reluctance to give up power — first bending the country’s laws to stand for a fourth election, then insisting that he won despite widespread concerns about fraud — left him besieged by protests, abandoned by allies and unable to count on the police and the armed forces, which sided with the protesters and demanded he resign.”
Sunday Times: “Nine Russian business people who gave money to the Conservative Party are named in a secret intelligence report on the threats posed to UK democracy which was suppressed last week by Downing Street.”
“Oligarchs and other wealthy Tory donors were included in the report on illicit Russian activities in Britain by the cross-party intelligence and security select committee, whose publication was blocked by No 10.”
“Some Russian donors are personally close to the prime minister.”
A new ORB International poll shows U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives leading with 36% support, followed by Labour with 28%, the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats with 14%, and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party with 12%.
Nigel Farage has launched his general election campaign in Britain by saying his Brexit party will contest every seat in the country unless Boris Johnson agrees to drop his deal with the EU and sign up to a “leave alliance,” the Guardian reports.
Politico: “After months of parliamentary stalemate, a bill paving the way for a December general election — the first since 1923 — overcame its first major hurdle on Tuesday night. MPs backed an election by a huge margin with 438 votes in favor and just 20 against.”
“Each of the U.K.’s main political parties are banking on a national ballot to unblock the Brexit paralysis in their favor — but by throwing the electoral dice in the air, they are all taking a gamble that the opposite Brexit outcome could come to pass.”
“Boris Johnson has lost his third bid for a general election, after Labour abstained and he failed to reach the two-thirds majority of MPs he needed for a poll,” The Guardian reports.
“The prime minister is now expected to back a Liberal Democrat plan to change the law in order to secure an early election, although the parties do not yet agree on a date.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he would grant Parliament an extended timetable to debate his Brexit deal, as long as they back a general election on December 12, the BBC reports.
Asked what he would do if Labour refused to vote for an election, Johnson said: “We would campaign day after day for the people of this country to be released from subjection to a Parliament that has outlived its usefulness.”
CBC News is projecting that Justin Trudeau’s Liberals will form a minority government in Canada.
Trudeau will serve another term as prime minister.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned the mandate for forming a government to President Reuven Rivlin after failing to cobble together enough support for a coalition within the 28-day time frame that Rivlin had granted, the Jerusalem Post reports.
Axios: “This is the second time in six months that Netanyahu has failed to form a government after an election. Benny Gantz, leader of the center-left Blue and White Party, will now get an opportunity to form a coalition, but he’s also unlikely to succeed. The chances are growing that Israel will be forced to hold a third election this year.”
The Week: “Canadians elect a new Parliament in national elections Monday, and polls suggest that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could become the first Canadian leader in 84 years to be ousted after one four-year term with a parliamentary majority.”
“Trudeau’s Liberal Party is neck-and-neck with the Conservative Party and its leader, Andrew Scheer, though it seems likely neither party will win an outright majority of Parliament’s 338 seats.”
CBC: It’s Election Day in Canada. Here’s what you need to know.
A Political Wire reader has put together a nice spreadsheet to follow as results come in tonight.
“Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday tweeted his support for Justin Trudeau, urging Canadians to reelect their Prime Minister in Monday’s federal election,” CNN reports.
“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began Thursday the daunting task of trying to cobble together a coalition government amid political deadlock that emerged from this month’s repeat elections, which had no clear winner,” the AP reports.
“He now has up to six weeks to attempt to resolve the political impasse, but his odds appear slim. Even with the support of smaller allies, both Netanyahu and his main challenger, Blue and White party leader and former army chief Benny Gantz, lack the support for the required 61-seat parliamentary majority needed to establish a government. That’s including the support of Netanyahu’s traditional ultra-Orthodox and religious-nationalist allies.”
“While weeks of negotiations to form a coalition government lay ahead, conditions set by the parties could hobble the task within the allotted time, prompting a never-before held third election. With nearly all votes counted Thursday, the centrist Blue and White party stood at 33 seats in Israel’s 120-seat parliament. Netanyahu’s conservative Likud stood at 31 seats,” the AP reports.
“Neither party can form a government without the support of the election’s apparent kingmaker, Avigdor Lieberman of the Yisrael Beitenu party. His insistence on a secular government would force out Netanyahu’s traditional allies, the country’s two ultra-Orthodox parties and another nationalist-religious party.”
“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he’ll still fight to keep power despite exit polls from today’s elections showing his Likud party trailing the center-left Blue and White party and his right-wing bloc falling short of a majority,” Israel’s Channel 13 reports.
“Netanyahu accused the media of biased coverage during the campaign and insisted that after waiting for the final results, he’d attempt to form a governing coalition.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party trails the Blue and White party in 2 of 3 exit polls released as polls closed in Israel today, and the two are tied in the third poll, Axios reports.
All 3 polls show his right-wing bloc falling short of the 61 seats needed for a majority.
“Israelis vote Tuesday in an unprecedented repeat election that will decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power despite a looming indictment on corruption charges,” the AP reports.
“Netanyahu, the longest serving leader in Israeli history, is seeking a fourth consecutive term in office, and fifth overall. But he faces a stiff challenge from retired military chief Benny Gantz, whose centrist Blue and White party is running even with Netanyahu’s Likud. Both parties could struggle to form a majority coalition with smaller allies, though, forcing them into a potential unity government.”
“President Trump said he had spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about a possible mutual defense treaty between the two nations, a move that could bolster Netanyahu’s re-election bid just days before Israelis go to the polls,” NBC News reports.
“He added that he looked forward to continuing those discussions later this month on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York.”