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What to watch for in 2016

Charles RichardsonJan 8, 2016

Twenty elections to watch out for around the world in 2016.

The limits of Europe, part I

Charles RichardsonJun 12, 20151 Comment

So is Azerbaijan in Europe or not? What about Turkey? Iceland? Morocco? The questions are never purely geographical, but they raise some difficult political problems.

Opposition win a game changer for Nigeria

Charles RichardsonApr 3, 2015

Nigeria elects another former military ruler, but this time by beating the incumbent in a fair election. It represents a huge step forward.

We're back!

Charles RichardsonDec 16, 20142 Comments

World blogging returns, with news from Greece, Japan, the US, Moldova, Tunisia and Hungary.

Two steps forward, one back in Tunisia

Charles RichardsonNov 2, 2014

Tunisian voters deliver a check to the Islamists, opting instead for secular forces with a link to the authoritarian past. But it's good to have a choice.

Four elections in one day

Charles RichardsonOct 27, 2014

A summary of yesterday's four elections, in Brazil, Ukraine, Tunisia and Uruguay.

A flawed election in Mauritania

Charles RichardsonJun 23, 2014

Mauritania's president is re-elected overwhelmingly in an election boycotted by the major opposition forces. It's an improvement on naked dictatorship, but well short of real democracy.

A lacklustre victory for Egypt's general

Charles RichardsonMay 29, 2014

Egypt's military ruler is confirmed as president, but despite his efforts the turnout shows a lack of voter enthusiasm.

No surprises in South Africa

Charles RichardsonMay 9, 2014

The ANC wins its expected fifth landslide in South Africa, although the opposition's vote is well up. There's an expectation that the government will take the opportunity to pursue a more business-friendly agenda.

Election preview: South Africa

Charles RichardsonMay 7, 20141 Comment

One of the year's big elections is happening today in South Africa, but there's not much uncertainty about the result.