January 12, 1988 |
Violent Palestinian demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the tough Israeli responses are causing cracks in Israel's coalition government, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said yesterday. The continued bloodshed that brought more international calls for a political solution to the Palestinian issue has sparked further conflict within Israel's left-right coalition government. Peres told Israel Radio the issue could mean bringing forward a general election due to be held by November this year.
December 19, 2004 |
Israel's two leading rival political parties worked yesterday to finalize details for a new coalition government that would empower Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to pursue his plan to pull thousands of Israeli settlers out of the Gaza Strip. One week after its tenuous coalition of secular and religious groups crumbled, Sharon's conservative Likud Party was offering the left-leaning Labor Party eight cabinet posts, including deputy prime minister status for its leader, Shimon Peres.
May 7, 2012 |
BELGRADE, Serbia - A pro-European Union candidate and a nationalist opponent are headed for a runoff in Serbia's presidential elections, while the ruling pro-Western party is likely to form the next coalition government, independent pollsters said Sunday. The Center for Free Elections and Democracy said its unofficial complete count showed the previous president, Boris Tadic of the Democratic Party, taking 26.7 percent of the votes, while populist Serbian Progressive Party leader Tomislav Nikolic has 25.5 percent.
April 9, 1989 |
James L. Sundquist, the Brookings Institution's thoughtful scholar of American government, has an essay in the winter issue of the Political Science Quarterly. Secretary of State James A. Baker 3d needs to read it. Sundquist's theme is the difficulty of making hard decisions stick in what he calls "the new era of coalition government in the United States. " He makes a convincing case that when the ticket-splitting minority of voters (about one-quarter of the electorate) give Republicans the presidency but put Congress back into Democratic control, as they have done with increasing frequency in recent decades, the result is often costly to good policy and good government.
October 8, 2000 |
Vojislav Kostunica, a demure lawyer who championed a political revolt, was sworn in last night as Yugoslavia's president, ending 13 years of ruthless rule by Slobodan Milosevic and bringing this ruined nation closer to the world community. Kostunica's dramatic ascent to the presidency thrilled a country that over the last decade has crumbled from wars and economic sanctions. His inauguration, for many Serbs and Western leaders, was seen as closing one chapter of the perverted nationalism and ethnic hatred that roiled the Balkans since the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.
February 4, 1994 |
TOKYO PM RETREATS FROM $55B TAX-CUT PLAN Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa backed away today from a day-old tax-cut plan that had threatened to topple his coalition government. By shelving the plan, designed to boost Japan's ailing economy, Hosokawa averted the latest threat to his fragile, eight-party coalition - although the issue is not yet dead. Even Hosokawa's allies had suggested he made a serious political blunder with his plan to cut income taxes by $55 billion this year, while later raising the national sales tax. After Hosokawa announced the tax plan early yesterday, his coalition's largest member, the Socialist Party, threatened to quit unless the plan was modified.
April 4, 1990 |
East German political parties agreed today to form a coalition government, with Christian Democratic leader Lothar de Maiziere as prime minister, a party spokesman said. The government will be East Germany's first non-Communist coalition government - and is also likely to be its last before German unification. The conservative Alliance for Germany, winner of the most Parliament seats in the March 18 elections and closely allied with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, met for formal talks with the Social Democrats, who finished second.
May 6, 1987 |
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres yesterday postponed a cabinet debate on a proposed Middle East peace conference, an issue that threatens to topple their fragile coalition government. The two leaders, bitterly divided over peace moves, agreed to put off until Monday a discussion of the peace plan by the 10-member inner cabinet. The discussion had been scheduled for today. Peres has proposed that Israel take part in an international conference on Middle East peace under U.N. sponsorship.
November 9, 2012 |
ATHENS, Greece - Greece's parliament narrowly passed a crucial austerity bill early Thursday, in a vote that left the coalition government reeling from dissent as it struggles to secure vital bailout funds. The bill, which will further slash pensions and salaries, passed 153-128 in the 300-member parliament. It came hours after rioters rampaged outside the parliament during an 80,000-strong anti-austerity demonstration, clashing with riot police who responded with tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon.
May 13, 2012 |
ATHENS, Greece - President Karolos Papoulias called for the leaders of Greece's political parties to meet Sunday in a last-ditch effort to broker a deal for a coalition government and avoid another general election. Papoulias took the step Saturday when Greece's socialist leader, Evangelos Venizelos, officially gave up the mandate to form a coalition government after three rounds of negotiations proved fruitless. Papoulias' office announced that the president would meet initially with the heads of the three parties that won the most votes in last Sunday's inconclusive elections - the conservative New Democracy, the Radical Left Coalition (Syriza)