Referendums

Maldivian policemen stand guard in front of the building housing the election office of the opposition presidential candidate in Male, Maldives, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Maldives police say they have raided the main campaign office of opposition presidential candidate on eve of election. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
September 22, 2018 - 11:02 am
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Police in the Maldives said they raided the main campaign office of the opposition presidential candidate on Saturday, the eve of an election viewed as a referendum on whether democracy will survive in the country. Police spokesman Ahmed Shifan said police raided Ibrahim...
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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2013, file photo, Maldives' newly elected President Yaamin Abdul Gayoom recites the oath during his inauguration in Male, Maldives. Gayoom, the brother of the Maldives' former authoritarian ruler, was sworn as the country's new president on Sunday, a day after his runoff victory capped a messy election that raised concerns that the tiny archipelago nation's new and fragile democracy was in jeopardy. (AP Photo/Sinan Hussain, File)
September 21, 2018 - 1:49 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A decade after people took to the streets to welcome democracy to the Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago, voters head to the polls on Sunday in what has become a referendum on whether democracy will stay. The Maldives' third multiparty presidential election is being...
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A girl takes part in a gay rights activists protest against proposed changes to the constitution that would prevent future recognition of same-sex marriages, in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Romanian Senators on Tuesday approved a measure that would pave the way for the constitution, which currently states that marriage is a union between "spouses", to be changed to explicitly state that marriage is a union of a man and a woman. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
September 17, 2018 - 7:03 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's top court has given a green light to a referendum that could change the constitution to explicitly state that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. The Constitutional Court decided Monday in a 7-2 vote that there is no legal impediment for the Oct. 7...
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September 13, 2018 - 1:40 pm
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief on Thursday added her voice to a string of western officials urging the people of Macedonia to vote in a referendum on a deal with Greece that could enable the former Yugoslav republic's NATO and EU accession. Speaking in the...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev observe the national anthems during a welcome ceremony at the government building in Skopje, Macedonia, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived to Macedonia Saturday, three weeks before the referendum for Macedonia's deal with neighboring Greece to change the country's name to "North Macedonia" that would facilitate country's EU and NATO accession. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
September 08, 2018 - 8:54 am
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — German chancellor Angela Merkel visited Macedonia Saturday, the third western leader to do so this week in a show of support for the government ahead of an upcoming referendum to change the country's name and qualify for NATO membership. Macedonians vote Sept. 30 on a...
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Protestors put up a poster in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab will make a statement to the House on his recent meeting with EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
September 04, 2018 - 8:32 am
LONDON (AP) — One of Britain's biggest trade unions is backing calls for a new public vote on leaving the European Union, saying voters were misled during the 2016 referendum campaign. The GMB union, which has more than 600,000 members, says "the promises that were made during the referendum...
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FILE- In this July 20, 2018 file photo, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos speaks during the inauguration of the newly-elected legislature, in Bogota, Colombia. Colombians are voting on Sunday, Aug. 25, in a first of a kind referendum that aims to curb corruption in a country where white collar criminals are fast replacing drug gangs and paramilitary groups in penetrating the upper echelons of power. The referendum seeks to slash the salaries of Colombia’s Congress members and to bring laws that make public spending more efficient and transparent. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File, File)
August 26, 2018 - 12:07 am
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians are voting Sunday in a first-of-a-kind referendum that aims to curb corruption in a country where white-collar criminals are fast replacing drug gangs and paramilitary groups in penetrating the upper echelons of power. The referendum seeks to slash the salaries of...
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2017 file photo, Houston Police SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck carries Catherine Pham and her 13-month-old son Aiden, asleep in her arms, after rescuing them from their home surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas. Hurricane Harvey roared onto the Texas shore nearly a year ago, but it was a slow, rainy roll that made it a monster storm. Federal statistics show some parts of the state got more than 5 feet of rain in five days. Harvey killed dozens and swamped a section of the Gulf Coast that includes Houston, the nation's fourth largest city, causing billions of dollars in damage. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
August 25, 2018 - 11:42 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Voters in Houston and its surrounding county marked the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey coming ashore by approving the issuance of $2.5 billion in bonds to fund flood-control projects that might mitigate the damage caused by future storms. With nearly all precincts reporting Saturday...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018, file photo, people opposing Proposition A listen to a speaker during a rally in Kansas City, Mo. Missouri votes Tuesday, Aug. 7 on a so-called right-to-work law, a voter referendum seeking to ban compulsory union fees in all private-sector workplaces. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
August 08, 2018 - 1:15 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The steady march of new right-to-work laws in Republican-led states hit a wall in Missouri, where voters resoundingly rejected a measure that could have weakened union finances after national and local labor groups poured millions of dollars into the campaign against it...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018, file photo, people opposing Proposition A listen to a speaker during a rally in Kansas City, Mo. Missouri votes Tuesday, Aug. 7 on a so-called right-to-work law, a voter referendum seeking to ban compulsory union fees in all private-sector workplaces. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
August 07, 2018 - 11:20 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters delivered a resounding victory to unions Tuesday, rejecting a right-to-work law against compulsory union fees that had been passed by Republican state officials but placed on hold for more than a year after organized labor petitioned for a referendum...
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