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Wed May 22, 2019, 08:22 AM

Philippine mid-terms: Duterte consolidates grip on power

Source: BBC

Philippine mid-terms: Duterte consolidates grip on power

22 May 2019

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has won resounding support in last week's mid-term elections.

Wednesday's official results show his allies now control the senate which so far has served as a check on some of his more controversial policies.

The win gives him sweeping power to push his agenda including constitutional changes and reintroducing the death penalty.

The election has also cemented his family members in the political elite.

Despite criticism from rights groups over his brutal drug war, the president remains hugely popular across the Philippines.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48277482

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