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Parliamentary Elections in Lithuania, October 2016

With no party expected to win by a clear margin, Lithuania eagerly awaits the outcome of the parliamentary election
The current ruling centre-left coalition, shaken by corruption allegations, is seeking re-election in the upcoming voting. Latest election polls show that the leading party, the Social Democrats, is still in the pole position in spite of a gradual decline of the ratings. The Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union, which did not pass the 5% threshold in 2012, could become a major player as it firmly sits in second place. The rising support for the Peasant and Greens Union opens up new opportunities for coalition building. Elisabeth Bauer, Linas Kojala, Augustina Zamuškevičiūtė, Oct. 4, 2016 more...

Controversial Media and Information Laws close Avenues of Free Expression in Tanzania

The recent legal changes in Tanzania including the Cybercrimes Act, the Statistics Act as well as the Draft Media Services Bill have been met with harsh criticism from civil society groups and the international community for their restrictive provisions, which are said to compromise or violate fundamental human rights and hinder the development of a broader civil society. Daniel El-Noshokaty, Sep. 7, 2016 more...

Elections for the Chamber of Representatives and the Council of the Republic in Belarus

Does the rapprochement between Belarus and the EU continue?
On September 11th 2016, roughly seven million Belarusians will elect 110 representatives of the Lower House of Parliament in a direct majority election. Parallel to the election of the Chamber of Representatives, the Upper House – the Council of the Republic, which functions as the representation of the regions- will also be elected. The election is seen as crucial in the process of rapprochement between the EU-neighbour and the West. Wolfgang Sender, Aug. 11, 2016 more...

Brazil, perpetuum immobile

A pallid interim president cannot lead his country out of crisis, as the olympics discloses to international onlookers
Shortly before the opening of the Summer Olympics, half of Brazil’s population are critical of the Games and almost two-thirds believe that the Games will bring more problems than positive outcomes for the country. This is hardly surprising in a country that is being rocked by a massive economic and political crisis. The interim president Michel Temer (PMDB) lacks the stamina to see through urgently needed structural reforms in the political arena. Nor does he personify the political renewal that would be necessary to overcome the crisis of confidence. Jan Woischnik, Alexandra Steinmeyer, Aug. 1, 2016 more...

South African Local Elections 2016

Candidates, Polls, Political Environment and Key Facts
South Africans are increasingly criticising the way democracy is implemented in their newly established regime and their hunger for change might echo a decline for the former liberation movement ANC. Political scandals, the rejection of corruption, grave economic turmoil and high inequalities coming from a darker past are the main topics that are debated by the candidates in 2016. Hence, the only thing that may have changed is the fact that the culture of impunity has become both the main issue and the main argument used by the opposition parties against the ruling party. July 19, 2016 more...

Decentralisation in South Africa

With the upcoming local elections it is pertinent to analyse the decentralisation patterns in South Africa. In order to complete its transition towards a constitutional democracy, South Africa decided to renew its local governance system after apartheid. The underpinning of South Africa’s decentralisation is provided by the 1996 Constitution. Diminishing the gap between democratic institutions and populations is amongst the main aims of the decentralisation policies in South Africa. July 19, 2016 more...

Local Elections 2011

In 2011, the ANC retained its dominant position and ended with a large majority of municipalities under its rule. However, these elections marked a progression for the DA and other smaller parties. It is worth noting that 2011 elections also meant that the South African democracy is growing stronger notably because it showed that an international trend where elections and particularly, local government elections progressively produce lower voter turnouts is inapplicable to the young democracy. July 19, 2016 more...

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