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UK Election 2017 : May’s Conservative Party fails to win Majority



June 9, Friday : UK elections ends in hung Parliament, PM Theresa May’s Conservative Party failed to win overall majority, according to British Media.

With 629 results in out of the total 650, Here are the party figures :

Conservatives: 42 per cent (up 5); Labour Party 40 per cent (up 10); Liberal Democrats 7 per cent (down 1); Scottish National Party (SNP) 3 per cent (down 2); UK Independent Party 2 per cent (down 11); and Greens Party 2 per cent (down 2), reports the Guardian.

The Conservatives are predicted to get 316 seats, Labour 265, the SNP 34 and the Liberal Democrats 13.

As per the BBC, the hung parliament would be a humiliation for Prime Minister May, who chose to call Thursday’s snap general election to try to strengthen her hand in talks with the European Union over Britain’s exit from the 27-nation bloc.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn urged May to resign soon after exit polls on Thursday night indicated a gain for the opposition party, but she said her party would “ensure” stability in the UK.

“At this time more than anything else, this country needs a period of stability,” May said.

“And if, as the indications have shown and if this is correct that the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes, then it will be incumbent on us to ensure we have that period of stability – and that is exactly what we will do,” the BBC quoted the Prime Minister as saying.

On the other side, analysts at global bank Citi said that they expected May to resign on Friday as Prime Minister after then declaration of  final results by afternoon.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said the election “has been a disaster for Theresa May”, reported the BBC.

Leader of UK Independence Party Paul Nuttall tweeted: “If the exit poll is true then Theresa May has put Brexit in jeopardy. I said at the start this election was wrong. Hubris.”

However , the Liberal Democrat MP Nick Clegg witnessed the biggest shock after losing his seat to a Labour candidate.

Clegg served as deputy prime minister of the UK from 2010 to 2015 in a coalition government with the Conservatives.

Former SNP leader Alex Salmond was also failed to attain victory as he lost seat to a Conservative contender.

Wefornews Bureau 


Industries face challenges in digital era: Merkel

We see that the rapid digitization of all areas of life, the increasing commitment of the economy, and the growing economies of the emerging economies



Angela Merkel

Berlin, March 22 : German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned German industries on Wednesday about losing competitiveness in the time of digitalisation.

As good as the German economy is at present, Merkel said there would be great changes in the German economy due to digitisation and globalisation, Xinhua quoted a statement as saying.

“We see that the rapid digitization of all areas of life, the increasing commitment of the economy, and the growing economies of the emerging economies,” said the Chancellor, referring to China.

“It is not guaranteed that Germany will be as economically prosperous in five or 10 years as it is today. After all, the drivers of digitisation would not be in Germany or Europe, but in the United States and Asia,” she added.

The economic framework has changed rapidly, the world economy is closely intertwined, and the world is quickly changing. The leading German industries have all been affected, said Merkel, who cited former telecom giant Nokia as a warning to German industries about falling behind the market.

“The social market economy must pass a new test,” said the Chancellor.

Politics must create a new framework for the challenges of the digital age, in which data is the raw material of the future, she added.

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25 dead in Kabul bombing



Kabul, March 21: At least 25 people lost their lives and 18 wounded in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday as people were celebrating Nawroz or New Year in the country, authorities said.

The incident happened near Kabul University in the afternoon, Tolo News reported.

The death toll could rise as emergency personnel were attending to the victims on the scene. Witnesses said they saw many casualties on the ground soon after the explosion, which is believed to have been a car bomb.

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Myanmar president U Htin Kyaw quits



Yangon, March 21: Myanmar President U. Htin Kyaw has stepped down according to an official release of the President Office on Wednesday.

He will take rest, Xinhua quoted the release as saying.


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