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Articles by Charles Richardson

A very multi-party Indonesia

Early Indonesian figures show that it’s going to be a very mixed bag of a legislature.

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All over in Western Australia

Western Australia’s Senate by-election can now be safely called. Both major parties lost ground, but the microparties missed out and the government did as well as it could have hoped.

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Election preview: Indonesia

Indonesians vote today for a new parliament, with commentators mostly looking ahead to the presidential election in three months time.

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Quebec stays put, for now

Quebec’s minority pro-independence government loses an early election, ensuring that the province will stay part of Canada for a while yet.

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A walkover in Central America

The populist candidate Luis Guillermo Solís wins Costa Rica’s presidency in a landslide, after his opponent threw in the towel a month ago.

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Right gets back in Hungary

Hungary’s controversial centre-right government has been re-elected for a second term, and has apparently maintained its two-thirds majority in parliament – despite a substantial swing to the opposition.

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Election preview: Hungary

Hungarians seem set to re-elect their controversial centre-right government, helped by the new electoral system it introduced.

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Turkey and Russia: compare and contrast

Turkish local elections give its ruling party a vote of confidence, doing little to allay fears of growing authoritarianism. Vladimir Putin’s Russia looks increasingly like a role model.

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France gets a new prime minister

French president François Hollande responds to defeat in local elections by a bold shift to the right. His new prime minister evokes memories of Nicolas Sarkozy.

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A bad day for M. Hollande

As expected, France’s local elections were a disaster for the incumbent Socialist Party. François Hollande may be looking for a new prime minister, new policies, or both.

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