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· February, 2015

Stories about Elections from February, 2015

27 February 2015

The Political Violence in Bangladesh Is Claiming Too Many Lives

I close the windows of my car, and think of buying a fire extinguisher. [Then], if a bomb is thrown inside my car, I'd be able to douse the fire.

23 February 2015

It's a Lock In!: Tajikistan's Ruling Party Holds Pre-election Rallies by Force

Mass public participation is not just desirable in Tajik President Emomali Rahmon's heavily-managed democracy, it is mandatory.

22 February 2015

Spanish Mayor's ​'​Pearls​'​ Inspire ​a Thousand Lame Excuses for Failing Class

The mayor of a small town in Spain made the dubious claim that the head of alternative party Podemos failed her in university three times "for wearing pearls."

Kuwait Sentences Opposition Politician Mussallam Al Barrak to Two Years in Jail for “Insulting Ruler”

Kuwaiti opposition politician Mussalam Al Barrak was sentenced to two years in jail for telling the country's ruler that the people would not allow him to practice “autocratic rule.”

21 February 2015

Leader of the Nation to Rescue Kazakhstan's Economy

Living next to Russia and being dependent on oil have made life difficult for Kazakhstan, which is about to re-elect its 74-year-old leader ahead of schedule.

15 February 2015

Greeks See Reason for Hope After Anti-Austerity Syriza's Election

The debt crisis hit Greece hard, and the country has limped along under unpopular austerity measures. For many Greeks, Syriza's electoral win has given them a reason to hope again.

Is Nigeria's Postponed Presidential Election Really About Security?

Security forces will be conduct a six-week special operation against Boko Haram so "they would rather not be distracted by the elections." Some think the postponement is a political strategy.

11 February 2015

Déjà Vu? New Zambian President Sparks Health Speculation With Holiday

Zambians wonder if President Lungu is sick, despite his clean bill of health, following his holiday barely two weeks in office as replacement to Michael Sata, who died in office.

10 February 2015

Japan's Young People Don’t Care About Politics? Not True!

YouthCreate works to increase the number of young people who vote. Founder Kensuke Harada became alarmed by the lack of interest by his fellow youth in Japan's political process.

Bombshell Election Rigging Allegations Make #EkitiGate a Trending Topic in Nigeria

#EkitiGate is the name given to a scandal involving audio recordings purported to show how some politicians and soldiers rigged the 2014 governorship elections in Ekiti State, Nigeria.

9 February 2015

A ‘Last Prophet’ Faces Jail for Land-Grabbing and Polygamy in Tajikistan

Seven wives, twenty kids and tens of disciples: Sheikh Temur reportedly claimed to be God's messenger, but his Judgement Day came sooner than he may have expected.

5 February 2015

Elections Are Coming Up in Nigeria. Here Comes the Mudslinging

Former Governor of Nigeria's Central Bank Charles Chukwuma Soludo recently sparked a war of words by criticizing the lack of “issue based debate” by the two presidential candidates.

4 February 2015

Trinidad & Tobago's ‘Pass-the-Buck’ Politics

Her attorney general faces obstruction-of-justice charges, but the prime minister has laid the blame for her government's woes elsewhere.

Ex-Nigerian Military Dictator Running for President Dodges TV Debate

The main opposition candidate for Nigeria's presidential election, former military dictator and retired General Muhammadu Buhari, recently declined participating in a presidential debate.

3 February 2015

A Bold New Prime Minister Sends Ripples Through Greece's Old Political Order

Will a bold new prime minister bring change to Greece's previously stagnant political waters? Greek netizens are abuzz with what looks like the eve of a new era.

2 February 2015

The Tajik President's 82-Year-Old Former Maths Teacher Cannot Pass an Exam to Register as an Opposition Candidate

'All politics is local.' In Tajikistan, politics is even more local than usual.

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