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.

The Associated Press