Thousands protest in Bangladesh against Islamic constitution

Thousands of protesters marched in capital Dhaka on Thursday against Bangladesh parliament adopted an Islamic constitution, steering away from a secular political culture, which was enshrined in 1972 constitution. A half a mile long rally organized by a conglomerate of left parties and pro-secular groups, chanting anti-government slogans and waving red flags marched towards the [...]

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed resigns

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Sunday announced his resignation following an agreement ending the troubled country’s transitional administration. Abdullahi Mohamed told reporters in Mogadishu that “Considering the interest of the society and in compliance with the Kampala accord, I decided to quit to compromise for the national interest,” thanking those who supported him. [...]

Singapore’s General Election: First signs of a chink in PAP’s armor?

On May 7th Singapore held its 16th parliamentary election (its 11th since independence from Malaysia in 1967) with the governing Peoples’ Action Party winning 81 of the 87 seats in parliament. While the result was never in doubt, it is testament to the unequal and undemocratic nature of the country’s political system that the result [...]

Sensational campaign, predictable result, unclear lessons: The 10th Sarawak state elections

On April 16th the east Malaysian state of Sarawak went to the polls for the 10th time since Sarawak joined the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. In many ways Sarawak is very different from other states in Malaysia. Of a population of just over 2.5 million, Malays (the dominant ethnic group in Malaysia as a [...]

Political Restructuring in China – A Template on How China can Transition from Authoritarianism to Democracy!

Last week, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called for political reform once again, while at the same time he rejected (again) any comparisons between his country and the autocracies now collapsing in North Africa and the Middle East. Premier Wen is right when he says that the current socio-economic conditions in China are nothing like the [...]

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