Government transitions

FILE- In this Saturday, May 18, 2019, file picture Liberal party President Ludovic Orban, left, and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis wave on stage during an European Parliament electoral rally in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's president has nominated, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, Ludovic Orban of the center-right National Liberal Party to form a new government and become the country's next prime minister. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
October 15, 2019 - 12:54 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has nominated Ludovic Orban of the center-right National Liberal Party to form a new government and become the country's next prime minister. Orban has 10 days from Iohannis' announcement on Tuesday to gain the support of parliament, which must approve...
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A couple prepare ballots for the general election at a polling station in northern Serb-dominated part of ethnically divided town of Mitrovica, Kosovo, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Voters in Kosovo were electing a new parliament Sunday amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. Some 1.9 million eligible voters started to cast their ballots to elect 120 lawmakers in the Balkan nation that became independent from Serbia in 2008. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
October 06, 2019 - 1:39 pm
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo voted for a new parliament Sunday amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. Voters were electing 120 lawmakers in the Balkan nation, which became independent from Serbia in 2008. The snap vote comes after the outgoing prime minister...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2109. The office of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Netanyahu has been given the task of forming a new government. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
September 26, 2019 - 8:18 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began Thursday the daunting task of trying to cobble together a coalition government amid political deadlock that emerged from this month's repeat elections, which had no clear winner. He now has up to six weeks to attempt to resolve the...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressees his supporters at party headquarters after elections in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
September 19, 2019 - 10:54 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited his political rival Benny Gantz to join a unity government with him and his religious allies on Thursday, an offer that was greeted coolly amid continued deadlock following this week's election. The deadlock has already raised speculation...
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Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left, follows Spain's King Felipe VI into a meeting at the Zarzuela Palace on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019. Spain's King Felipe VI is wrapping up two days of talks with political party leaders, hoping he can find a candidate that can win parliament's backing to form a government and avert a second national election this year. (Ballesteros, Pool photo via AP)
September 18, 2019 - 8:18 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's acting prime minister asked voters Wednesday for an even bigger victory for his Socialist party after his failure to form a government triggered a new election in November. Pedro Sánchez told opposition parties in parliament that "when we will be forced back to the...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supporters chant as the await results of the elections in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
September 17, 2019 - 10:31 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fell short of securing a parliamentary majority with his religious and nationalist allies in national elections Tuesday, initial exit polls showed, setting the stage for a period of coalition negotiations that could threaten his political...
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Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz and his wife Revital vote in Rosh Haayin, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Israelis began voting Tuesday in an unprecedented repeat election that will decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power despite a looming indictment on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
September 17, 2019 - 8:48 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli election (all times local): 3:45 a.m. After an apparent election setback, Israel's prime minister says he will seek the formation of a new "Zionist" government that excludes Arab parties. Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a small crowd of supporters in Tel Aviv...
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September 16, 2019 - 5:30 am
MADRID (AP) — Spain's King Felipe VI has begun meeting political party leaders in the hope of choosing a candidate that can win parliament's backing to form a government and avert a second national election this year. The monarch met with smaller party leaders first Monday and will wrap up the...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 23, 2019 file photo, Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez speaks at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain. Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez is proposing policies including pension hikes and rent controls in a bid to win parliamentary support for a new term as prime minister, but seems likely to face a new election as he rules out a coalition with an important far-left ally. The caretaker prime minister needs the parliamentary votes of the anti-austerity Podemos (We Can) to stay in office, but its leaders say Sánchez needs to include them in his new cabinet. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, file)
September 12, 2019 - 5:27 am
MADRID (AP) — Spain's King Felipe VI will meet with leaders of the country's political parties to determine if there is a viable candidate who could receive the endorsement of parliament to form a government and avoid a second national election this year. The royal house announced Thursday that the...
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FILE - In this April 18, 2018 file photo, National security adviser John Bolton, left, listens to President Donald Trump, far right, speak during a working lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump' s private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla. Also at the meeting are from left, White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow, third left, and Vice President Mike Pence, second left. Trump has fired national security adviser John Bolton. Trump tweeted Tuesday that he told Bolton Monday night that his services were no longer needed at the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
September 11, 2019 - 8:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Bolton was in Mongolia. More than 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers) away, President Donald Trump orchestrated an image for the world's front pages by becoming the first U.S. president to set foot in North Korea, shaking hands with Kim Jong Un on the north side of the...
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