Two Elections in the World Spotlight
Posted on Jun 7, 2009
The world saw two major elections on Sunday—one on a continental scale, the other much smaller but no less talked about. The European Parliament will tilt further to the right after an election with near record-low turnout.
Centre-right parties have done well in elections to the European Parliament at the expense of the left.
Far-right and anti-immigrant parties also made gains, as turnout figures plunged to between 43 and 44%.
In Lebanon, meanwhile, it appears that the U.S.-backed governing coalition will survive a strong effort by Hezbollah to win a majority.
Wall Street Journal:
Official results weren’t expected until Monday. But unofficial results from some key battleground contests suggested the Hezbollah-led opposition did not capture enough votes to win a majority. The head of the Western-backed coalition announced victory early Monday.
AP photo / Yves Logghe
European parliamentarians monitor the results of the European elections Sunday.