Elections

Indonesia’s slow and circuitous road to democracy

Psem 3c

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the resignation of Indonesia’s authoritarian president, Suharto, who led Indonesia from 1966 until 1998. Olivia Nicole Tasevski ABC Suharto’s resignation, which was motivated by a faltering Indonesian economy and widespread anti-Suharto demonstrations, marked the beginning of Indonesia’s transition to democracy. Significant progress has been made in relation to Indonesia’s democratisation over the past 20 years. Nonetheless, a culture of impunity regarding historical human rights abuses persists in Indonesia and human rights violations continue ... Read More »

Erdogan Is Making the Ottoman Empire Great Again

Cera 3c

Turkey is leveraging tradition to expand its power in Europe — but the history cuts both ways. Michael Colborne, Maxim Edwards FP SARAJEVO — Not every Turkish president can come to Sarajevo and get an endorsement from both heaven and earth, but Recep Tayyip Erdogan has managed to pull it off. At a pre-election rally for Erdogan in the Bosnian capital last month, Bakir Izetbegovic, the Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) chairman of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency and son of the country’s first ... Read More »

UN Human Rights Council Should Act on Venezuela

Image processed by CodeCarvings Piczard ### FREE Community Edition ### on 2018-03-10 07:56:21Z | http://piczard.com | http://codecarvings.com*‰ÿÛoF¬y

Venezuelan Crisis needs to be a Council Priority Leila Swan HRW No one was surprised when Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro was re-elected last May, or when the opposition alleged voting irregularities. Unofficial reports estimated low voter turnout, less than 40%, despite government officials’ frantic attempts to increase participation. Upon hearing the results, Maduro sang victory, claiming “The whole of Venezuela has triumphed! Democracy has triumphed! Peace has triumphed!”. Yet the elections were rejected by democracies world-wide. The Lima Group – comprised… UN ... Read More »

Could Erdogan lose? What to know about Turkey’s elections

Xor 5e

Everything to know about Turkey’s elections… Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)Turkish voters head to the polls Sunday in transformative elections that will usher in a new system of government, giving sweeping new powers to whoever wins the presidency. By Gul Tuysuz, CNN Recep Tayyip Erdogan is used to winning elections — he served as Turkey’s prime minister for three terms from 2003 and then as president since 2014. He narrowly won a referendum last year that will scrap the role of prime ... Read More »

Turkey resists Erdoğan on social media as snap election approaches

Yeni 1a

Turkey will soon go to the polls for the fifth time in less than four years. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced them on the same day that parliament extended the national state of emergency for the seventh time since the… Rabia Karakaya Polat The Conversation Erdoğan brought these elections forward to June 24 for his own political ends: to pre-empt an expected economic downturn, to take his rivals by surprise, and to ride a surge of nationalism stirred up by ... Read More »

DR Congo: The Bemba Earthquake

Rexe 2b

The ICC’s acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba comes at a critical point in DR Congo elections. President Kabila and his opponents will have to recalibrate strategies ahead of Bemba’s likely return. ICG Outside powers should keep pressing Kabila to stand down and allow opposition candidates to… What’s new? On 8 June Jean-Pierre Bemba, a charismatic Congolese leader and fierce rival of President Joseph Kabila, was acquitted by the International Criminal Court’s appeals chamber of a 2016 war crimes conviction. His likely ... Read More »

Liberals call on police to reopen Labor red shirts investigation

Reds 1a

The Coalition wants Victoria Police to renew its investigation into Labor’s 2014 red shirts rort and potentially pursue criminal charges against MPs named in the misuse of about $388,000 of public money. Adam Carey The Age Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton was grilled by Liberal MPs on Wednesday about why the police abandoned an investigation into Labor’s misuse of parliamentary funds to campaign in marginal seats in 2014. Mr Ashton said in parliament that police dropped the investigation in ... Read More »

Turkey’s Election Reinvigorates Debate over Kurdish Demands

Hop 1a

Ahead of Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 June, opinion polls suggest a tighter race than many anticipated. ICG The country’s Kurds could be kingmakers, prompting politicians of different stripes to court their votes and… What’s new? Snap presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey appear likely to be more closely fought than anticipated. The country’s Kurds could affect the outcome of both contests. Politicians, especially those opposing President Erdoğan and… Why does it matter? Debate on Kurdish issues has ... Read More »

Turkey’s currency turmoil and upcoming election – what you need to know

Katu 1a

The Turkish lira has dropped more than 15% this year against the US dollar and the government is doing all it can to stem the flow. Gulcin Ozkan The Conversation Turkey’s central bank just raised the country’s main interest rate by 1.25 percentage points (to 17.75%) in a bid to stabilise the lira and halt surging inflation. This follows an emergency rate rise on May 23 of three percentage points. With elections on the horizon, this is a trying time ... Read More »

Increasing the Stakes in DR Congo’s Electoral Poker

Dei 1a

A moment of waning international attention has led some in President Kabila’s camp to revisit the idea of an internationally-opposed third presidential term. Nairobi/Brussels ICG African and Western leaders must maintain unity, redouble efforts to dissuade Kabila from pursuing this course and ensure preparations for elections in 2018 continue apace. What’s new? Allies of President Joseph Kabila suggest increasingly overtly that he could seek a third term in office; international actors, led by Angola, firmly reject that idea. Meanwhile, preparations ... Read More »

Zimbabwe: Lack of Reform Risks Credible Elections

Xara 2b

President Mnangagwa Should Act on Pledge for Free, Fair Vote (Harare) – The Zimbabwe government’s failure to carry out legal and electoral reforms threatens the credibility of national elections scheduled for July 30, 2018. HRW Despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s repeated promises that elections will be free and fair, the ability of voters to freely choose their leaders is in serious doubt. Human Rights Watch research in May, including interviews across the country, found that security force involvement in the electoral ... Read More »

From coffee house to White House?

Cuj 2b

Could Howard Schultz be the next Democrat candidate for the Presidency of the United States His resignation as Executive Chairman of Starbucks has fuelled speculation that he’s planning to run in 2020. EuroNews Schultz built the famous coffee chain up from 11 cafés in Seattle in 1982 to today’s 28 000 stores in 77 countries. He’s never been shy of intervening in political debate – last year in response to Donald Trump’s anti-immigration push he promised that Starbucks would hire ... Read More »

Super Saturday: Greens attack Josh Wilson over offshore detention

Dore 1a

Greens Fremantle candidate Dorinda Cox has attacked Labor’s Josh Wilson over his party’s support for the offshore detention of asylum seekers, accusing him of lacking compassion after a… Nathan Hondros WAtoday Ms Cox urged Mr Wilson to support closing offshore detention centres on Manus and Nauru and “bring the refugees to Australia”. “I know Fremantle,” Ms Cox said. “This is a progressive and caring community and we are absolutely horrified by the organised suffering going on in offshore camps that ... Read More »

Paraguay to have its first woman president

Puts 2b

Paraguay will have a woman president for the first time in its history, at least temporarily, after outgoing leader Horacio Cartes stepped down May 28 ahead of schedule. ASUNCION – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet Vice President Alicia Pucheta, 68, will complete Cartes’s mandate after he resigned to become a senator. On Aug. 15, fellow conservative Mario Abdo Benitez, elected in April 22 polls, will begin his five-year term as president of one of Latin America’s poorest countries. The parliament is due to confirm Cartes’s resignation and proclaim Pucheta ... Read More »

Ruth Davidson vows to end tax breaks for rich, boost immigration

Next 3c

Tory leader Ruth Davidson has called for an end to tax breaks for the wealthy and more open immigration under plans to make the party a “credible force” for Government in Scotland. SCOTT MACNAB The Scotsman A shift away from the more hardline approach of Tory right-wingers south of the border was set out by the Edinburgh Central MSP in a keynote speech today. The sweeping vision is hoped to allow her to oust Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister at ... Read More »

Irish abortion referendum: Ireland overturns abortion ban

Repe 3c

The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban by 66.4% to 33.6%. A referendum held on Friday resulted in a landslide win for the repeal side. BBC Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman’s life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality. The Eighth Amendment, which grants an equal right to life to the mother and unborn, will be replaced. The declaration was made at at Dublin Castle ... Read More »