Elections

Venezuela’s Last Flickers of Democracy

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Venezuela’s political crisis took another fateful turn on Sunday 30 July with the rigged election of an all-powerful assembly mandated to rewrite the constitution. Phil Gunson ICG In this Q&A, Senior Analyst for the Andes Phil Gunson says Sunday’s vote represents the end of what little democratic space still existed and takes the country on the path to dictatorship. Can you explain what Sunday’s vote was about? On Sunday, the chavista government led by President Nicolás Maduro held a one-sided “election” to ... Read More »

Will Joe Biden take on Donald Trump in 2020 in one last bid for the White House?

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Rehoboth Beach: The new house is on the edge of Cape Henlopen State Park, just north of the boardwalk: three stories, six bedrooms, three fireplaces and an expansive view of the Atlantic Ocean. Roxanne Roberts Washington Post The Canberra Times The new owners are Joe and Jill Biden, rich for the first time in their lives, thanks to a three-book publishing deal – two by him, one by her – that allowed them to purchase the $2.5 million holiday home in ... Read More »

Timor-Leste election: ‘Disenfranchised youth’ party wins first seats in parliament

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A Timor-Leste political party with links to martial arts gangs and “disenfranchised young men” will for the first time have seats in the… Felicity James  ABC Timor-Leste’s largest political parties, Fretilin, the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor and CNRT, the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction, are expected to form a… Fretilin claimed victory after a provisional vote count put the party slightly ahead of former resistance leader Xanana… Timor-Leste election… Read More »

Yanis Varoufakis: A New Deal for the 21st Century

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ATHENS — The recent elections in France and Britain have confirmed the political establishment’s simultaneous vulnerability and vigor in the face of a nationalist insurgency. Yanis Varoufakis The New York Times This contradiction is the motif of the moment — personified by the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, whose résumé made him a darling of the elites but who rode a wave of anti… A similar paradox is visible in Britain in the… Yanis Varoufakis: A… Read More »

It Took Two to Make Russian Meddling Effective

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A Washington Post report on 2016 election interference raises the question: What could Obama have done differently? Julia Ioffe The Atlantic If there is one thing The Washington Post’s story on the Obama administration’s anemic response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election makes clear, it’s that it took two to make the… There is a reason the tactics Russia used on the American elections—which are similar to things they’ve done in former Soviet republics and… It Took Two… Read More »

Thai politicians predict “meaningless” polls

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Sidelined political parties say promised elections in 2018 will only further entrench military power Peter Janssen Asia Times Three years after the May 2014 coup that brought General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his military clique to power, Western democracies are impatiently awaiting Thailand’s next general election, as promised by the junta under their declared… But with the promulgation of a constitution that severely curtails the… Thai politicians predict… Read More »

Why Jeremy Corbyn is a new leader for the New Times

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In an inspired election campaign, he confounded his detractors and showed that he was – more than any other leader – in tune with the times. Martin Jacques NewStatesman There have been two great political turning points in postwar Britain. The first was in 1945 with the election of the Attlee government. Driven by a popular wave of determination that… Why Jeremy Corbyn… Read More »

Japan PM Abe’s support slumps amid doubts about school scan

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Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slumped more than 10 points to 44.9 percent in a public opinion poll published on June 18, amid opposition party suspicions he used his influence unfairly to help a friend set up a… Reuters Hurriyet Abe has repeatedly denied abusing his authority to benefit his friend. His grip on power is not in danger, given his ruling coalition’s huge majority in parliament, but the affair looks unlikely to… The education ministry… Japan PM ... Read More »

Georgia special election hurtles toward nail-biting finish

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Polls in the most expensive House race in history suggest it’s too close to call. Steven Shepard Politico As the most expensive House race in history rushes toward the finish line Tuesday, the latest public polls are unanimous: The Georgia special election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is too close to call. The race for the suburban Atlanta seat, closely watched for clues about the shape of the 2018 midterm elections, appears to be within a… Georgia ... Read More »

Should you get a vote if you don’t understand politics? Academics offer democracy rethink

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Democracy has always been a messy form of government and is often unpredictable. RN By Antony Funnell for Future Tense ABC Both qualities can be a strength, but as we know from recent international experience, they can also be a liability. The election of Donald Trump, for instance, produced a result at odds with the wishes of the majority of voters. Elsewhere in the world, in democracies like Turkey, Hungary, Poland and the… Should you get… Read More »

George Osborne: Theresa May is ‘dead women walking’

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Former chancellor attacked the Prime Minister saying that she will never lead the party into another General Election after last week’s humiliation at the ballot box. Gavin Cordon The Scotsman Mr Osborne said the Prime Minister was “dead woman walking” and could be ousted in a matter of days. However, Graham Brady, the influential chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, said there was no appetite for a leadership contest which could see the party having to fight another General… ... Read More »

Over 450,000 sign petition against DUP coalition

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A petition launched against the Conservatives joining a coalition with the DUP has attracted almost 450,000 signatures in 12 hours. The Scotsman The petition states that Theresa May would not be involved in a coalition of chaos and asks for the Prime Minister to resign. The move comes after the Prome Minister said she would seek to form a minority government with a “confidence and supply” agreement with the controversial Northern Irish party… Over 450,000 sign… Read More »

Fragile Kosovo prepares for crucial vote

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Nine years after proclaiming independence, fragile Kosovo votes on June 11 at a time of high tension with Serbia, rampant unemployment and some of its leaders threatened with prosecution for… Pristina Hurriyet The parliamentary election – Kosovo’s third since 2008 – is the most important since the independence declaration, according to Slovenian think-tank IFIMES, which specializes in the… While Kosovo’s sovereignty… Fragile Kosovo prepares… Read More »

Germany votes: European dilemmas in the Federal Election

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SUMMARY The European Union that Germany and its partners have built together since the early 1990s has been an environment highly conducive to German… By Almut Möller with case studies by Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Sebastian Dullien & Kadri Liik ecfr.eu With the United Kingdom and the Trump administration calling into question the EU model of regional order, Berlin has made a strategic choice to seek to strengthen the… It has started to build coalitions of partners around core policies in a ... Read More »

Iran election: Votes are counted amid high turnout

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Counting is under away in Iran’s presidential elections, with official turnout said to be at about 70%. BBC Supporters of incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who is seeking a second term, came out in force to vote. His main conservative challenger, Ebrahim Raissi, has already lodged complaints about alleged voting irregularities. Long queues were seen… Iran election: Votes… Read More »

Iran’s Bipolar Election

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Iranian voters have a real choice on 19 May between a president promising engagement with the West or one focused on the… Ali Vaez ICG At the same time, both leading candidates are clerical insiders who support the continuation of Iran’s nuclear deal. Who are the leading candidates in the 19 May election and what should we know about the top two? The May 2017 election is essentially a… Iran’s Bipolar… Read More »