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· January, 2009

Stories about Elections from January, 2009

Georgia: Opposition Unites, Kind Of…

Dateline Tbilisi comments on news that twelve opposition parties have agreed to unite to call for Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili's resignation. The blog says the party believes Saakashvili will be...

Madagascar: The mayor proclaims himself president

A dispute between the president of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanan, and the mayor of the capital, Andry Rajoelina, thrust Malagasy citizens into violent rioting and looting last week, and has now...

Latvia: Protest and Changes

Baltic writes about political changes taking place in Latvia due to the crisis. Free Speech Emergency in Latvia posts a video from a silent protest in Riga.

Ecuador: Finding a Candidate to Face Correa

The opposition in Ecuador is having a tough time finding a suitable candidate to face current President Rafael Correa writes La Voz de Guamote [es].

Cuba: Hope and Change

On hearing the news that two black Cubans were arrested “after they were heard making favorable comments” about the Obama presidency, Uncommon Sense has these words for the new president:...

France, Guadeloupe: Obama Appointment?

Indiscrétions and RCIgp [Fr] wonder if the appointment of former LCI journalist (Guadeloupean-born Christine Kelly) at the CSA is as a result of the Obama effect.

Latvia: Snap Election?

All About Latvia thinks the country is “heading for snap elections” and this may be a good thing: “While the IMF sees an election as a liability because it ushers...

Jamaica: Local Obama?

“Jamaicans should ask for nothing but the best from those who would aspire to lead”: Abeng News Magazine‘s Trevor Dawes thinks it might be time for a Jamaican Obama.

Azerbaijan: Democratization Under Siege

Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines comments on the state of democracy in Azerbaijan and wonders about the country's future now that foreign radio broadcasts have effectively been banned and a...

Colombia: President Uribe's Prospects for Re-Election

Marsares of equinoXio takes a look at some of the prospects for a re-election of Colombian president Álvaro Uribe.

Japan: Obama vs. Aso

Like every other country in the world, Japan, one of the strongest of America's allies in Asia, followed closely the election of President Obama. His speech has been broadcast, translated...

Armenia: No PACE Sanctions

Life in the Armenian Diaspora comments on yesterday's decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe not to suspend Armenia's voting rights in the influential body. The blog...

Armenia: Council of Europe Reprieve

Yesterday's meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) gave Armenia one last chance to avoid sanctions following last year's clashes between opposition supporters and security forces...

Azerbaijan: Parliamentary Deputy Blogs

The USAID Internet Access and Training Program (IATP) blog reports that it has helped five deputies from the Azerbaijani parliament set up their own blogs. The blogs in Azeri are...

Madagascar: “History repeats itself…as a farce” in recent unrest

On blogs and forums, reflections on the sources of the current unrest and the history of Madagascar's turbulent democracy.

Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A.: Bye Bye Bush

Notes from Port of Spain has a few parting shots…um…thoughts on former President George W. Bush.

Haiti, U.S.A.: Obama & Abortion

Haitian diaspora blogger Finian says: “This is where Obama loses my support. I believe abortion on demand is wrong.”

Armenia: Voting Rights

As the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) gathers to consider the possibility of withdrawing Armenia's voting rights in connection with the arrest of opposition supporters and unfulfilled...

Jamaica, U.S.A.: Inauguration Thoughts

Jamaican Annie Paul features Washington D.C.-based activist Shani Jamila's musings on the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Bolivia: Final Unofficial Results of Constitutional Referendum

Miguel Centellas of Pronto* has unofficial final results of the Bolivian Constitutional Referendum.

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