Elections

Russian Politicians Bail on Putin’s Corruption-Stained Party

The rumblings of a political earthquake have been heard in Moscow, where longtime members of President Vladimir Putin’s scandal-tainted United Russia party are bailing out and running as independents in Sunday’s city elections, even as actual independent candidates are forced off the ballot with administrative tricks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a State Council meeting at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Russian far-eastern city of Vladivostok hosts the Eastern Economic Forum on September 4-6, 2019. (Vyacheslav Prokofyev, TASS News Agency Pool Photo via AP)

Venezuela: Maduro Declares Country Wants Parliamentary Elections

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro has reiterated his call for fresh elections to be held for the country’s National Assembly, a move that would pave the way for his socialist regime to take back control of the country’s only democratically elected lawmaking body. 

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Duterte Poised to Improve His Position in Midterm Elections as Popularity Soars

Rodrigo Duterte, the perpetually controversial president of the Philippines, appears on track to increase his legislative influence in the midterm elections. Duterte’s critics hoped the election would be a negative referendum on his administration halfway through his six-year term, but his approval ratings are approaching all-time highs and candidates aligned with him are doing well in the polls.

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India’s Election Commission Bans Modi Biopic During Election

The Election Commission of India issued a ruling on Wednesday banning a biography film about incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the duration of the election, which begins on Thursday and will last through May 19. A complaint was filed alleging the film was intended to “manipulate, influence, and impress viewers and voters.”

India bans Modi film until after mega-election

Final Polls: Gantz Leading but Right-Wing Bloc Stronger

The final batch of polls conducted before Tuesday’s elections showed the centrist Blue and White widening its lead over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, even as the surveys unanimously indicated that the incumbent prime minister was best positioned to form the next government.

This combination of pictures created on April 02, 2019 shows (L) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to journalists in Jerusalem on February 3, 2019 and former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz delivering his first electoral speech in Tel Aviv on January 29, 2019

Protesters Continue Demanding Algerian President Bouteflika Resign

The political situation in Algeria remained at a stalemate on Tuesday, as thousands of protesters once again packed the streets and called for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign. A new activist group asked the military to stay out of the fight and “play its constitutional role without interfering in the people’s choice.”

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