Justin Trudeau will hang on to his job as Canada’s prime minister in an election victory Monday that fell short of his main objective: tightening his hold on power.
With his Liberals high in the polls, Trudeau plunged the country into an early election in August in hopes the party could gain at least 15 additional seats in the House of Commons to turn his incumbent minority into a far more powerful majority.
Instead, Trudeau returns to the Prime Minister’s Office with roughly the same number of seats his Liberals had when he called the summertime snap election.
“I hear you when you say that you just want to get back to the things you love and not worry about this pandemic or about an election,” Trudeau said in Montreal as he delivered his victory speech. “The moment we face demands real important change. And you have given this parliament and this government clear direction.”
The Kremlin-loyal United Russia party has recorded an overwhelming victory in Russia’s parliamentary elections.
With all the votes tallied, the electoral commission said Tuesday that United Russia had won 49.83% of the vote. It was also ahead in 198 seats of the 225 deputies apportioned by party lists.
On Twitter, the party said it had received a constitutional majority.
Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked voters for their “trust.” United Russia will have more than two-thirds of deputies in the 450-seat lower house of parliament, known as the State Duma.