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April 05, 2017
The Gambian people are preparing to go to the polls for the first time since the end of Jammeh’s dictatorial rule. A lot is expected from this election, as Gambians will be voting today for their first truly democratically elected National Assembly: 239 candidates are vying for the votes of 886,578... Read More
December 19, 2016
The people of Bhutan, who chose their local government leaders for the second time since its democratic transition on September 27, had more choices than ever with 3,391 hopefuls, including many women and youth candidates, vying for the 1,499 posts. There are many possible reasons for this... Read More
December 12, 2016
Today is Jamhuri Day in Kenya and we are celebrating 53 years as an independent republic. Jamhuri Day marks an important milestone for my country and its people in terms of social, economic and political progress. In President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ... Read More
December 07, 2016
Yesterday, Ghanaians went to the polls to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections, against a backdrop of an underperforming economy and an increasingly polarized political cycle. We had a team on the... Read More
November 03, 2016
Timor-Leste is preparing for its fourth parliamentary and presidential elections in 2017, an important milestone as this is the first time the Timorese will be administering their national elections without significant support from the international community. A few days ago I met with H.E. Mrs.... Read More
November 01, 2016
Plaza Bolivar is Bogota's historic public square, just yards from the spot where Colombia secured her independence and around the corner from some of the national government's most powerful offices. Hours after it became clear that the referendum on the 297-page peace accord between the government... Read More
September 26, 2016
Much has been written about the recent elections for the Russian State Duma, which took place Septemeber the 18th.  Most post-election analysis has centered on the ruling United Russia party dominating the results, noting that the party acquired enough seats for a constitutional majority,... Read More
August 05, 2016
The old saying goes “Politics is local” and in South Africa, it is no different. Wednesday, South Africans took to the polls to participate in highly anticipated municipal elections. There was a lot of buzz around these elections, with the opposition confident it would make strides in major cities... Read More
April 24, 2016
As expected, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) dominated Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Serbia by winning around half of the vote.  Vucic had called early elections in January in order to continue his government’s reformist path toward European Union... Read More
March 30, 2016
Today, U Htin Kyaw was sworn in as Burma’s new President.  Seen in the context of Burma’s recent history, today’s ceremony holds great significance.  U Htin Kyaw will be Burma’s first civilian president since 1962.  The leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD)... Read More