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Central and South Asia

Sri Lanka completes its upheaval

Charles RichardsonAug 19, 2015

Sri Lanka's new president succeeds in getting a parliament that's less likely to show loyalty to his discredited predecessor.

The limits of Europe, part II

Charles RichardsonJun 20, 20152 Comments

Russia and Britain, for all their obvious differences, have the same sort of equivocal relationship with Europe: unmistakably European powers, but with interests and traditions that draw them elsewhere.

Close elections start the year

Charles RichardsonJan 19, 2015

The psephological year kicks off with presidential elections in Sri Lanka and Croatia, both upset victories by narrow margins.

Blair, Iraq and Afghanistan

Charles RichardsonJun 16, 20141 Comment

The successful conduct of an election in Afghanistan provides an interesting counterpoint to Tony Blair's call for a new intervention in Iraq.

Another look at those Indian numbers

Charles RichardsonMay 26, 2014

India's election result would have looked very different under a proportional system. But in politics, perception quickly becomes reality.

The system produces an Indian landslide

Charles RichardsonMay 17, 20142 Comments

Narendra Modi will lead India with a big parliamentary majority, even though most people voted for someone else. Don't expect the media to tell you such inconvenient truths.

Waiting on a big result in India

Charles RichardsonMay 13, 2014

India waits on results after the biggest election in the world's history. Exit polls suggest an opposition landslide, but perhaps shouldn't be taken at face value.

Election news from around the world

Charles RichardsonMar 28, 20141 Comment

This week in our semi-regular roundup: news from Serbia, Slovakia, El Salvador, Maldives and Algeria.

Election preview: Maldives

Charles RichardsonMar 14, 2014

The Maldives Supreme Court has taken a hand in tomorrow's legislative election by sacking the heads of the Electoral Commission.

India sets up a big contest

Charles RichardsonJan 4, 2014

The Indian prime minister announces his forthcoming retirement, but this year's election will see his party have trouble extending its ten-year rule.