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January 12, 1988 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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December 19, 2004 | By Dion Nissenbaum INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
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.
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May 7, 2012 | By Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press
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.
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April 9, 1989 | By DAVID S. BRODER
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.
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October 8, 2000 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Daniel Rubin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
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February 4, 1994 | Daily News wire services
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.
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April 4, 1990 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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May 6, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
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.
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November 9, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
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May 13, 2012 | By Elena Becatoros and Demetris Nellas, Associated Press
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)
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May 13, 2013 | By Richard Leiby, Washington Post
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Nawaz Sharif, a wealthy businessman who twice served as Pakistan's prime minister in the 1990s and brought the country into the world's nuclear club, appeared Saturday night to be headed to an unprecedented third term in the post. He declared victory to supporters in Lahore, where his Pakistan Muslim League-N has long dominated politics, after partial and unofficial results in a landmark national election showed his center-right party had locked in enough seats in the National Assembly to lead a coalition government.
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April 25, 2013
Center-left leader is tapped in Italy ROME - Italy's president appointed Enrico Letta as prime minister-designate Wednesday, asking him to form a coalition government representing Italy's main parties to end two months of paralysis. Letta, 46, a center-left lawmaker, said he accepted knowing that it's an enormous responsibility and that Italy's political class "has lost all credibility. " President Giorgio Napolitano charged Letta with putting together a coalition government of the Democratic Party and the center-right party of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the two biggest blocs in parliament.
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March 15, 2013 | By Josef Federman, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a deal Thursday to form a coalition government, but a last-minute snag over the title of his new partners kept the plan from being formalized for at least a day. The new government is expected to try to curb years of preferential treatment for the country's ultra-Orthodox minority and may push for renewed Mideast peace efforts. But the late-hour disagreement reflects the challenges Netanyahu could face keeping his new coalition intact.
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February 21, 2013 | By Rama Lakshmi, Washington Post
NEW DELHI - Factories were attacked, vehicles were burned, and a man was crushed to death by a bus in India on Wednesday at the start of a two-day trade union strike to protest price increases, low wages, unemployment, and the government's economic reform measures. The man killed by the bus was a trade union leader in the city of Ambala. Authorities said he squatted on the ground in the path of a bus in an attempt to keep the buses from moving, then was fatally injured. Across India, millions of workers from banks, factories, and the transportation industry did not report to their jobs because of the strike, which is likely to cause an economic loss of up to $4 billion over two days, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India says.
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November 9, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
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November 7, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
  ATHENS, GREECE - Greece's coalition government faces a crucial test in Parliament as unions on Monday launched three days of escalating strikes against austerity proposals that must win lawmakers' support if the debt-crippled country is to get more aid and stave off bankruptcy. The conservative-led coalition that has governed Greece since June on Monday presented the country's fourth austerity package in more than two years to Parliament. The drastic spending cuts and tax hikes demanded by the country's bailout creditors aim to save some $17.3 billion in 2013-14.
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September 28, 2012 | By Elena Becatoros, Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece - Europe's fragile financial calm was shattered Wednesday as investors worried that violent anti-austerity protests in Greece and Spain's debt troubles showed that the continent still cannot contain its financial crisis. Police fired tear gas Wednesday at rioters hurling gasoline bombs and chunks of marble during Greece's largest anti-austerity demonstration in six months. The protests were part of a 24-hour general strike, the latest test for Greece's nearly four-month-old coalition government and the new spending cuts it plans to push through.
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June 20, 2012 | By Howard Schneider, Washington Post
ATHENS - Top Greek political parties were close Tuesday to forming a coalition government to try to steer the country back to economic health and provide it with its first elected leadership in more than seven months. Talks continued on a power-sharing agreement in which Antonis Samaras, who led the center-right New Democracy Party to a first-place finish in Sunday's election, would become prime minister in alliance with traditional rivals from the Socialist Party and the smaller Democratic Left.
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May 13, 2012 | By Elena Becatoros and Demetris Nellas, Associated Press
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)
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