Icelanders backed proposals for a new basic law, preliminary results showed yesterday, after a referendum on what has been dubbed the world's first "crowdsourced constitution".Monday, 22 October, 2012, 3:28am
Britain's prime minister and Scotland's first minister signed an agreement yesterday to hold a referendum on Scottish independence that could lead to the United Kingdom breaking up after 300 years.
Prime Minister David Cameron strongly opposes a Scottish breakaway, and the signing of the terms fired the starting gun on two years of campaigning, pitching the leaders on opposite sides.16 Oct 2012 - 5:13am
A government with five months left in office may not be able to achieve much. It can either step up efforts to tackle some pressing issues or focus on shaping its legacy. In either case, it strives to leave the city in good condition for the incoming administration.4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
One of four proposals to fix what the government calls a 'loophole' in rules for Legislative Council by-elections garnered the most support in a public consultation, the administration said yesterday. But it also said there was no consensus on how to address this perceived problem.15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
Faced with financial turmoil, the Greek government proposed a referendum on whether they should accept the bailout plan put forward by the European Union (EU). Yet, after strong opposition from other EU nations, they scrapped the idea. Then the prime minister resigned.10 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
Almost 140 academics have signed a petition urging the government not to scrap by-elections.
They say getting rid of by-elections would violate Hongkongers' democratic right to elect their representatives and that there was a lack of support to drop a system that's been effective for the past two decades.23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
A fresh public consultation on the arrangements for mid-term vacancies in Legco has finally been launched. Propelled by an outcry against the government's controversial plan to scrap by-elections, the belated exercise appears, at first glance, to be an attempt to get back to basics.26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
The government's abrupt turn on the Legislative Council amendment bill last Monday perfectly illustrates the textbook definition of 'crisis', meaning 'a turning point in an unstable situation, generally implying urgency'.10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
In the end, 21 loyalist lawmakers did call for a public consultation on the controversial by-election plan, before the government agreed to the climbdown. But many will pay for their initial objection, critics say.5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
The political battle over a controversial bill to scrap by-elections intensified last night as the government's big guns were rolled out to counter growing calls for the withdrawal of the proposed amendment.30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am