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· May, 2013

Stories about Elections from May, 2013

29 May 2013

The “Brave” Democrats of Russia's Growing Civil Society

RuNet Echo

Last week, when Surkov-ally Alexey Chesnakov quit United Russia and publicly criticized the party, few in the English-speaking world noticed, but the event—like Surkov's ouster weeks earlier—could just as easily...

26 May 2013

A Thin Line Between Democracy and Independence in French Polynesia

On the heels of French Polynesian anti-independence politician Gaston Flosse's victory in the islands' presidential elections earlier this month, the United Nations has adopted a resolution calling on France to...

25 May 2013

Philippine Elections Tainted by Allegations of Automated Fraud

In spite of claims by the Commission on Elections of a peaceful, orderly, and ultimately successful elections, poll watchdogs are alleging that the Philippine midterm polls were tainted by automated...

24 May 2013

Iran's Regime Bars Two Top Candidates from Election Race

Once again the Islamic regime's desire for absolute control of political life in Iran surprised many when it announced their selection of only eight shortlisted presidential candidates out of more...

22 May 2013

How Big Is Alexey Navalny's Army?

RuNet Echo

As Navalny's show-trial for lumber embezzlement continues, such questions are perhaps more important than ever. Here are some data-points which could be used to make a rough approximation:

20 May 2013

The Eccentrics and the Women Who Run for President in Iran

Hundreds of hopeful Iranians, including thirty women, have registered as candidates to replace President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the forthcoming election even though they have no chance whatsoever of being elected.

18 May 2013

Bolivia's Evo Morales Approved for Re-Election Bid

Amid protests and strikes by workers seeking better pensions, Bolivian lawmakers approved legislation that allows President Evo Morales to run for re-election in December 2014.

13 May 2013

Chilean Michelle Bachelet's Bid for Presidency

‘Black 505’ Post-Election Rallies Spread in Malaysia

The Opposition-led ‘Black 505’ rallies are spreading in Malaysia. In the past week, hundreds of thousands gathered in Kuala Lumpur and in other parts of the country to protest the...

12 May 2013

Pakistanis Vote in Huge Numbers Despite Threats, Alleged Poll Rigging

Amid threats of terrorism and reports of rigging, determined voters in Pakistan turned out in high numbers and braved chaotic polling stations and long lines on May 11, 2013 to...

Is Iran's Most Believable Presidential Candidate a Fictional Character?

The iron fist of Iran's regime allows no chance for opposition candidates to run in the presidential election, but in the virtual realm, a new graphic novel character is the...

‘What Else Do the Chinese Want?’ Election Headline Enrages Malaysians

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak blamed Chinese voters for the slim majority of the administration party in the general elections. He called it the 'Chinese Tsunami.' Then, a Malay newspaper...

10 May 2013

RuNet Apprehensive over Surkov's Dismissal, End of Political Era

RuNet Echo

"Before there was trickery, now it has been replaced with criminal charges and prison sentences. Surkov, whatever you may think of him, is, first of all, a political aesthete, who...

9 May 2013

Conservative Pundit Sues South Korea's Saturday Night Live TV Show

Political satire in South Korea is having a rough go of it these days. The country's version of American comedy show Saturday Night Live faces a lawsuit filed by a...

Watchdog Social Media Monitor Pakistan's Historic Elections

As Pakistan nears its first democratic transition of power with the country's historic elections only days away, social media is empowering Pakistanis to take a more active role in the...

‘Malaysian Tsunami’ Protests Election Irregularities

Tens of thousands in Malaysia gathered in Kelana Jaya stadium near the country’s capital last May 8 to protest the final vote tally of the 13th General Elections. The government...

8 May 2013

Politically Divided Pakistan Rallies Around Injured Imran Khan

Popular cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, whose hopeful campaign promise of a "New Pakistan" has drawn large crowds of young people and urban voters to his rallies, fractured three vertebrae and a...

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