Pages tagged "Middle east and africa"


After Tunisia, Egypt is burning for Democracy

Posted on What's New 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 Arab Spring Series, Wael Abdel Hamid 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 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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Iraq's 2010 Parliamentary Election — Part 7: Politics Blowing Up Democracy

Posted on What's New Pauline Lejeune on April 29, 2010

Pauline Lejeune is analyzing the post-election situation in Iraq.

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Iraq's 2010 Parliamentary Election — Part 6: De-Baathification Should Not Affect the Post-Election Political Balance

Posted on What's New Pauline Lejeune on March 31, 2010

Iraq's post-election de-baathification jeopardizes the legitimacy of the March 7th election.

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Iraq's 2010 Parliamentary Election — Part 5: Familiar Politicians, Redefined Alliances

Posted on What's New Pauline Lejeune on March 29, 2010

The release of final results of the March 7th election by Iraq's Independent High Electoral commission officially started the process of forming a new cabinet.

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Iraq's 2010 Parliamentary Election - Part 4: Iraqi Women's Political Reality

Posted on What's New Pauline Lejeune on March 22, 2010

This blog series on the 2010 Iraqi parliamentary elections is all about how Iraq has been working on building an inclusive, fair voting system. So far, the main focus has been on the Iraqi open-list form of proportional representation (PR), designed to overcome sectarian rifts and stabilize the country. It is now about time to take a closer look at women’s role in the Iraqi electoral process.

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Iraq's 2010 Parliamentary Election - Part 3: The Electoral Process as a Stabilizer for the Country

Posted on What's New Pauline Lejeune on March 08, 2010

Yesterday, about 18.9 million eligible Iraqis had the opportunity to elect their 325-member Council of Representatives through an open-list proportional system. Counting is now underway and the first partial results could be released later this week. In the meantime, there is a lot to be said about how this Iraqi election is impacting the country’s political future.

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Iraq's 2010 Parliamentary Election - Part 2: A Refined PR System to Improve Representation

Posted on What's New Pauline Lejeune on March 05, 2010

This Sunday, Iraq will elect its parliament for the third time in five years. For the first time, they will use an “open” list proportional system, which is seen as a major step to cement Iraqi democracy.

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Iraq's 2010 Parliamentary Election - Part 1: Chronicles of a Struggle for Democracy

Posted on What's New Pauline Lejeune on February 24, 2010

FairVote starts a series of comprehensive blog posts about the Iraqi 2010 parliamentary elections, focusing on how Iraq has been working on building an inclusive fair voting system by relying on proportional representation (PR) instead of winner-take-all. 

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