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The US mid-term elections: As Democrats swing back, trouble mounts for President Trump

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Now that Democrats have a majority in the lower house, it is expected to launch an investigation into Donald Trump’s ties with Russia.

 

The US mid-term elections threw a surprising win for the Democrats and warning bells for the Republicans. The US Congress is now divided between the democrats and republicans. President Donald Trump’s political Rival-Democratic party has captured the House of Representatives, (the equivalent of Lok Sabha) while the Republicans maintained their dominance over the Senate (the equivalent of Rajya Sabha). Though the complete result is yet to come, the Democrats have won the crucial 23 seats to prove majority in the House of Representatives. For President Trump, the mid-term elections definitely were like a tremendous shock.

Before diving deep into the details, let us first know what are the mid-term elections, what is the significance of the mid-term election in 2018? The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the Federal government of the United States. The legislature consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The total number of seats in the Senate is 100, while the total number of seats in the House of Representatives is 435.

The US mid-term elections are held in the middle of the four-year term of the President, i.e. two years after the beginning of a Presidential term. Thus, it is called mid-term elections. These elections are held for all 435 seats of the lower house of the US Congress i.e. House of Representatives. Whereas, only one-third of members of the 100-member Upper House are elected during the mid-term election. This time the elections for 35 seats of the Senate took place on 6 November.

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According to the Associated Press, a “Blue wave” swept across the House of Representatives as the Democrats registered a victory on 223 seats out of the 420 seats. The Trump’s rival party crossed majority mark of 218 while the Republican Party won 197 seats. Although the results for the 15 seats have not been announced yet, it is believed that Democrat candidates may emerge triumphant on most of these seats.

For Democrats, it is indeed a time to be elated. It is for the first time since 2010 that the Democratic Party has crossed the majority’s figure in the lower house. It also means that the Democrats can now keep a check on President Trump’s policies and he cannot take arbitrary decisions.

However, the Republican Party’s dominance in the Senate persists. Adding two more seats to the earlier tally of 51, the Republican Party now stands at 53 out of total 100 seats in the Senate. The Senate plays a crucial role in approving officers and appointment on some high posts in the administration. The Senate also approves the appointment of judges of the courts. It means the Republican party and President Trump will have a greater say in the appointment of judges. It is expected that continuing the Republican tradition, Trump may appoint more conservative judges to federal courts.

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Ilhan Omar becomes the first Somali-American to get into Congress representing Minnesota

The mid-term elections are considered the reflection of public opinion on the work of the current President. For Democrats, gun violence in America and allegations of sexual harassment against President Trump and health care were the main election planks. Even before the elections, it was anticipated that Democrats would sweep the lower house as the donation to the party increased multi folds. The donation democrats received this time was more than the last mid-term elections.

Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi, who can now also hold the post of speaker in the House of Representatives, said that the victory has enabled the Democrats to curb the malpractices of the trump administration. Nancy said, “Now the Democratic Party is in the House of Representatives through the majority. It’s about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration, all the legal restrictions will be imposed on the administration. The party will work to work in the interests of the common people. The party will work in areas like health, education, and economy.”

But Pelosi also said that the Democratic Party will definitely try to gain consensus with everyone. The victory of the Democratic Party is considered to be a political setback for President Donald Trump. In the mid-term elections, the performances of Indian-origin candidates were spectacular. Pramila Jaipal, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Row Khanna and Ami Bera have won the elections again.

President Trump also tweeted after the election results were declared late in the night. He wrote, “It was a great success … thanks, everyone …”. Perhaps Trump was pointing to the Republican victory in the Senate.

Trump’s real challenge comes from the House of Representatives. Now that Democrats have a majority in the lower house and the chances of the party having its candidate in speaker’s chair are high, it can thoroughly investigate every policy of the Trump administration. It can also examine President Trump’s private business and financial affairs. It is also expected to launch an investigation into Donald Trump’s ties with Russia. Most importantly, the Democratic Party can now even bring an impeachment motion against President Trump in the House of Representatives. However, will the Democrats be able to corner Trump government is to be seen?

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In recent months, there have been many cases against Donald Trump on the basis of which impeachment can be conducted against him. The proposal of impeachment is sent to the Senate after passing it in the lower house, where the proposal must be passed with a two-thirds majority. The Democratic Party has already said that it will bring an impeachment motion against Donald Trump in parliament after the mid-term elections. But, obviously, the success of this proposal will depend on its position in the Senate which currently doesn’t look favourable.

The big question now arises-whether Trump will be able to fulfil his first term as the President? Whether the results of the midterm elections are a sign of countdown of the Trump government?

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All leads in global terror attacks ultimately leads to ‘single source’, says PM Modi

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Prime Minister Modi also expressed concern over the Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s party contesting the July 25 elections in Pakistan.

 

Singapore| Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told US Vice President Mike Pence that all the traces and all the leads in the global terror attacks ultimately leads to a “single source and single place of origin”, in an apparent reference to Pakistan.

Modi, who held talks with Pence on a wide range of bilateral and global issues of mutual interests on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit here, also expressed concern over the participation of terrorists in the elections in Pakistan.

Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said there was some discussion on the issue of terrorism. Pence referred to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the deadly Mumbai terror attack on November 26 and hailed cooperation between the two sides on counter-terrorism, Gokhale said.

Some 166 people were killed in the attack carried out by Pakistan-based 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and hanged after handed down death sentence by an Indian court.

Modi thanked Pence for his words and reminded him that in one way or another all the traces and all the leads in the global terror attacks ultimately leads to a “single source and single place of origin”, without naming any country or organization.

He was apparently referring to Pakistan. A number of terrorist attacks across the world have been carried out by people of Pakistani origin. On December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed in a mass shooting by a Pakistani origin married couple in San Bernardino, California.

A Pakistani-origin man was among three knife-wielding militants responsible for carrying out the brutal terror attack in London that killed seven people and injured 49 in June 2017.

Prime Minister Modi also expressed concern over the Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s party contesting the July 25 elections in Pakistan.

“He (Modi) did point out that the mainstreaming of people involved in the Mumbai attacks in a political process which has taken place in the recent elections in Pakistan should be a matter of serious concern not just to the two countries – India and US – but to the international community,” Gokhale said.

Some of the dreaded Pakistani militant leaders, accused of spreading religious hatred and instigating sectarian violence, were among hundreds of candidates in the July 25 elections.

Hafiz Saeed-led banned Jamat-ud Dawah, a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group, had fielded its candidates from the platform of little known political entity Allah-u-Akbar Tehreek (AAT).

Another extremist outfit Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), which was banned in Pakistan till early this year, had also fielded dozens of candidates including those who are on Pakistan’s terrorism watch list.

“There was some good understanding of the areas of how we move forward in building cooperation on counter-terrorism and both countries recognized that this is a challenge which we have to fight together and to fight along with the rest of the international community,” Gokhale said.

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PM Modi meets premiers of Australia, Thailand in Singapore

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Modi also said he was confident that his visit to Singapore would impart fresh momentum to New Delhi’s growing partnership with ASEAN and East Asia Summit nations.

 

Singapore| Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday held bilateral meetings with the premiers of Australia and Thailand and discussed ways to further strengthen ties, including in areas of trade, defense, and security.

Prime Minister Modi began his two-day visit to Singapore Wednesday by delivering his keynote address at the prestigious Fintech Festival.

He became the first head of government to address the world’s largest event on financial technology.

The prime minister held bilateral meetings with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison and Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit here.

“PM Narendra Modi met with PM of Australia Scott Morrison on the margins of East Asia Summit in Singapore. Both leaders had a good discussion on deepening ties in trade and investment, defense and security and other areas of bilateral cooperation,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.

“PM Narendra Modi met PM of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha on sidelines of EAS Summit. Cooperation in trade and investment, defense and security and connectivity were discussed,” he said in another tweet.

The Prime Minister’s Office said Modi’s meeting with Morrison was “fruitful”.

Modi also held bilateral meetings with global leaders, including US Vice President Pence and Singapore premier Lee Hsien Loong.

During his visit to Singapore, Modi will attend the East Asia Summit, an ASEAN-India informal meet, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership summit.

Before leaving for Singapore, Modi said in New Delhi that his participation in the ASEAN-India and East Asia summits symbolized India’s “continued commitment” to strengthen its engagement with ASEAN members and with the wider Indo-Pacific region.


Modi also said he was confident that his visit to Singapore would impart fresh momentum to New Delhi’s growing partnership with ASEAN and East Asia Summit nations.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising ten Southeast Asian countries, which promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and sociocultural integration among its members and other Asian states.

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Sri Lanka crisis: UN chief condemns President’s decision to dissolve Parliament

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Sri Lanka was plunged into a political crisis after Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with former president Rajapaksa.

 

United Nations, Nov 11 (PTI) UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve the nation’s Parliament, underlining the “utmost importance” of respecting democratic processes and resolving differences in accordance with the rule of law.

Sri Lanka’s political crisis deepened Friday as President Sirisena dissolved the Parliament and announced snap polls on January 5 after it became evident that he did not have enough support in the House for Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed by him under controversial circumstances.

The Secretary-General “learned with concern” Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Sri Lanka’s parliament and move to new parliamentary elections, a statement issued on Saturday by Secretary-General Guterres’ Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said.

Guterres underlined the “utmost importance of respecting democratic processes and institutions and resolving differences in accordance with the rule of law and due process.”

He renewed his call on the Sri Lankan government to ensure peace and safety for all the countrymen and uphold its commitments to human rights, justice and reconciliation.

Sri Lanka was plunged into a political crisis after Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with former president Rajapaksa.

Wickremesinghe, who dubbed the move as a “constitutional coup”, has refused to vacate his official residence, saying he is the lawful prime minister and that the president has no constitutional right to replace him.

Amid the ongoing political tensions in Sri Lanka, Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Hanaa Singer last month met the Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya stressing Guterres’ message for the need to respect democratic values and constitutional provisions.

Guterres earlier said he was following Sri Lanka’s deepening political crisis with “great concern” and called on the nation’s government to respect democratic values and constitutional process.

President Sirisena signed a gazette notification to dissolve the nation’s parliament with effect from Friday midnight.

According to the Gazette notice, nominations to contest the snap election would be taken between November 19 and 26. The election will be held January 5 and the new parliament would be convened on January 17.

Sirisena issued the gazette noticing that the parliament stands dissolved some 21 months ahead of its schedule in August 2020.

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