Push for convicted lawmakers to be ousted - for the sake of democracy

Radical lawmakers Wong Yuk-man and Albert Chan Wai-yip have been given suspended jail terms for unlawful assembly after a protest march two years ago. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Radical lawmakers Wong Yuk-man and Albert Chan Wai-yip have been given suspended jail terms for unlawful assembly after a protest march two years ago.

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Scottish leader Alex Salmond says economy strong enough to quit UK

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond says Scotland might stick with the pound sterling rather than adopt the euro if voters call for independence in a referendum. Photo: AFP

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond believes the economy can prosper outside the United Kingdom, despite dire warnings from London about the risks of independence.

Salmond insisted that Scotland’s “increasing profile internationally,” as a result of the calling of an independence referendum to take place in September next year, had helped to attract foreign investment.

13 May 2013 - 2:31pm

Scotland sets date for independence referendum

Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Salmond and his deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon chat to schoolchildren outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Photo: Reuters

Scotland will hold an independence referendum on September 18, next year, to decide if its five million people should end a 300-year-old union and leave the United Kingdom.

22 Mar 2013 - 2:07am

Falkland islanders vote 99.8pc in favour of staying British territory

Andrew Brown Lee, a Falklands islander, wears a Union Jack suit as he attends a vote count on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Falkland islanders on Monday voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining a British oversees territory in a referendum designed to send a strong message to Argentina, which earlier derided the poll as illegal.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Falklanders aim to send message with referendum

Falkland Islanders promote the referendum. Photo: Xinhua

Residents of the archipelago in the South Atlantic hoisted British and Falklands flags and even created a giant "YES" made of SUVs ahead of the vote. In a move instigated by residents themselves, 1,672 eligible voters are being asked whether they want the Falklands to remain an internally self-governing British overseas territory.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:01am

Declassified papers show Pinochet tried to 'cling on to power' in 1988

Former Chilean military leader Augusto Pinochet. Photo: Reuters

Just a day before the October 5 referendum, General Pinochet planned to do “whatever was necessary to stay in power” and said he was “not leaving, no matter what”.

24 Feb 2013 - 8:03pm 1 comment

David Cameron's referendum on EU could imperil Britain

British Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: AFP

Britain's identity crisis over its role in Europe can be baffling to outsiders. From a business and economic perspective, there is no question that the two need one another. Yet the matter, after decades of discussion in the British parliament, continues to be a political hot potato.

31 Jan 2013 - 2:27am

British PM Cameron pledges referendum on staying in EU

British Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on 'the future of the European Union and Britain's role within it', in London on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday promised to hold a referendum giving British people the choice of staying in or leaving the European Union if his party wins the next general election.

23 Jan 2013 - 6:26pm 2 comments

Talking points

Davos brings world's elite together

Davos brings world's elite together

23 Jan 2013 - 1:51am

Egypt opposition calls for protests over referendum 'violations'

Egypt’s opposition is calling for mass protests today over alleged polling violations after Islamists backing President Mohammed Mursi claimed victory in the first round of a referendum on a new charter.

18 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

Briefs, December 17, 2012

Officials count ballots at a Cairo polling station. Photo: AFP

Islamists claim victory in Egypt referendum

17 Dec 2012 - 6:16am

Egyptians cast ballots in referendum on new Islamist-backed constitution

Egyptians abroad went to embassies on Wednesday to vote in a referendum on the new constitution that President Mohamed Mursi fast-tracked through an Islamist-led drafting assembly, drawing the ire of the opposition. Photo: Reuters

Egyptians began voting yesterday in a two-round referendum on a new constitution supported by the ruling Islamists but bitterly contested by a secular-leaning opposition that has waged weeks of protests.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Egyptians abroad vote, army to host ‘unity’ talks

An Egyptian man, living in UAE, casts his vote during the referendum for the Egyptian new constitution, at the Egyptian consulate in Dubai, UAE on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Egyptians abroad began voting on Wednesday in a referendum on the new constitution that President Mohammed Mursi fast-tracked through an Islamist-dominated drafting assembly, in a setback for the opposition who had hoped to delay the process.

12 Dec 2012 - 5:59pm

Tension builds in Cairo ahead of referendum

A boy leans against a newly built barrier in Cairo. Photo: Reuters

President Mohammed Mursi has ordered Egypt's army to take on police powers - including the right to arrest civilians - in the run-up to a divisive constitutional referendum that has triggered mass street protests.

11 Dec 2012 - 3:36am

Egypt's Islamists to hold rival demo same day as protesters

Riot police officers patrol the grounds near the presidential palace. Hundreds of Egyptians continued to protest against President Mohammed Mursi's decision to keep the referendum on a disputed draft constitution scheduled for next week.

Egyptian Islamist movements, including President Mohammed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, will hold a rival demonstration on Tuesday, the same day as protests organised by the opposition, a Brotherhood spokesman told AFP.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:18am