Senegal: Continuing Into the Light

Mackie Sall, BBC Africa It has been a few days since the dust cleared in Senegal. The recent presidential election was quite remarkable. After a first ballot could not establish a majority candidate the two finalists, sitting President Abdoulaye Wade (who ran for another term despite constitutional prohibitions against doing so) and former Wade protege [...]

Why Burma’s By-Elections Matter

While the official results of today’s (Sunday April 1 2012) by-elections in Burma will not be formally announced for a few days Aung San Suu Kyi’s party the National League for Democracy (NLD) has already proclaimed that it has won 44 of the 45 seats being contested. While I will give some more detailed analysis [...]

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood as yet fields its own candidate for the presidency

Khairat al-Shater The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood came forward with its won candidate for president after all. In a rather dramatic change of mind it put forward the businessman and main strategist of the Brotherhood. Khairat al-Shater, 62.  He was chosen by a close vote of 56 to 52, by the Shura council, the Ikhwan’s second [...]

General Lozano Espinosa: Fox bequeathed a country taken over by organized crime

The blame game is on. As Mexico readies for campaign season in the run-up to the July 1 presidential elections, we expect to see a lot of this—public displays of government achievements and throwing blame for the many disasters of the past six years, but especially for the drug war. Here, an Army general speaks [...]

Sri Lanka Vote and Indian Stand

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has timely clarified India’s position voting in favor of the UNHCR resolution that censures Sri Lankan government for alleged human rights violations during the civil war. Debunking the popular theory that Chennai forced New Delhi to vote in favour of the resolution, Prime Minister Singh said that India actually worked behind [...]

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