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Voice of America 10 Sep 2019

Britain on Election Footing as Crisis Pits Parliament vs. Prime Minister


Britain's parliament has been officially suspended, just weeks before the country is to crash out of the European Union. Opposition lawmakers have branded the move a coup by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and have vowed to take him to court if he refuses to request a Brexit extension from the European Union. Britain is to leave the bloc Oct. 31, but as Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the crisis has pitted parliament against the government and it is impossible to predict who will win.

Britain looks certain to leave the European Union by the end of January after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a big majority of 78 seats in Thursday's general election. His Conservative Party seized control of dozens of constituencies that had voted to leave in the 2016 referendum, vindicating Johnson's decision to call an election. However, as Henry Ridgwell reports, the country remains deeply divided - and the prime minister will face big challenges early on in his new term.
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After months of anti-government protests in Iraq, the largest bloc in parliament has finally nominated their choice for prime minister.

Asaad al-Eidani has been governor of the oil-rich province of Basra since 2017.

Al Jazeera's Dorsa Jabbari reports from Baghdad, Iraq.

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