Pages tagged "Elections worldwide"


Does BBC mean "Bow Before Cameron" on AV?

Posted on What's New on April 25, 2011

 On May 5th, British voters will participate in their second-ever national referendum, deciding whether to replace plurality voting for House of Commons elections with the alternative vote (AV). The referendum outcome remains up in the air, but we already know two losers: prime minister David Cameron, who has shown he cannot be trusted, and the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), the famed news source. 

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Parity law adopted in Tunisia

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on April 21, 2011

After the political revolution that struck their country earlier this year, Tunisians are now experiencing a genuine revolution of the mind. In an earlier blog post, I worried about the length of time the Tunisian interim government was taking to implement key measures .However, recent developments have eased my fears considerably. 

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Local elections in France: Revealing rehearsal before 2012 presidential elections

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid on April 08, 2011

On March 20 and 27, French voters elected their local representatives. These representatives (general counselors) are chosen town-by-town, and gather by departments and elect their president to represent their fellow voters at the regional level. In other words, French local elections are a relatively minor step in the electoral calendar that will bring France to vote for its president in May 2012.

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Arab Spring of Nations: what's next? -- Yemen: Troubles despite serious negotiations

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on April 01, 2011

The Arab world is still in trouble. Revolutionary nations Tunisia and Egypt are struggling for a successful, peaceful and democratic transition. Other peoples, especially in Yemen, Jordan and Bahrain, are still fighting for change.  In a blog series introduced on March 22 , I am focusing on what's going on in Arab countries at the center of change.  

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Arab Spring of Nations: what's next? -- Tunisia: between hope and political instability

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on March 25, 2011

The Arab world is still in trouble. Revolutionary nations Tunisia and Egypt are struggling for a successful, peaceful and democratic transition. Other peoples, especially in Yemen, Jordan and Bahrain, are still fighting for change.  In a blog series introduced on March 22 , I am focusing on what's going on in Arab countries at the center of change.   

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Arab Spring of Nations: what's next? -- The Egyptian Paradox

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on March 22, 2011

The Arab world is still in trouble. Revolutionary nations Tunisia and Egypt are struggling for a successful, peaceful and democratic transition. Other peoples, especially in Yemen, Jordan and Bahrain, are still fighting for change. 

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Experts advise Proportional representation for successful transition in Arab world

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid on February 25, 2011

2011 is a period of changes for the Arab world as many revolts have burst within its main countries, starting with Egypt and Tunisia. As these nations move toward their first truly free and fair elections, it will be important to implement reforms in order to ensure a peaceful and democratic transition in their societies. On this subject, political experts agree that forms of proportional representation would be a good option for Egypt in particular and, for Arab democracies in general - just as proportional voting was important in such nations as South Africa, Brazil and every nation in Eastern Europe as they moved toward free and fair elections in the 1980s and 1990s.  

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After Tunisia, Egypt is burning for Democracy

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid on February 01, 2011

January 2011 has marked a crucial historical moment for the Arab world. After the Tunisian “jasmine revolution”, Egyptian people are massively demonstrating for the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s regime. The crossing destinies of Tunisia and Egypt augur a major shift in this region that knows a complicated democratization process.

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Egypt's parliamentary elections — The roots of a democracy in denial

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on January 18, 2011

In 2010, Egypt held parliamentary elections which were widely criticized at home and abroad as corrupt and anti-democratic. Of particular concern was the fate of the Muslim Brothers, who had risen to prominence as the main opposition party in the 2005 elections, only to be swept completely out of Parliament in 2010.This article makes a little overview of Egyptian institutions before analyzing the roots of the last Egyptian electoral crisis. 

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Jordan: Boycotts and Tribalism Question Election's Credibility

Posted on What's New by Andy Andrianantoandro on October 20, 2010

Jordan’s parliamentary elections took place on November 9 after a year of direct rule by King Abdullah II

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