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· March, 2008

Stories about Elections from March, 2008

Armenia: New Parliamentary Election

  26 March 2008

Unzipped comments on suggestions to hold new parliamentary elections in Armenia. The proposal comes from an MP hoping to end the deadlock between the authorities and radical opposition following last month's disputed presidential election.

Armenia: Prominent Opposition Leader Charged

  26 March 2008

Nazarian comments on news that prominent radical opposition figure Aram Sargsyan has been charged by police for his role in what the authorities consider to be an attempt at a coup d'etat following the 19 February presidential election in Armenia.

Armenia: Opposition Diaries

  26 March 2008

Unzipped posts videos produced by the radical opposition on the post-election turmoil in Armenia. Although both government and opposition continue to disseminate propaganda, The blog says that until an independent and objective inquiry is held, a plurality of opinion should be heard.

Bhutan: Elections!

  25 March 2008

Visit Bhutan on the first National Elections in Bhutan – with pictures from the author's polling station.

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March Madness in Kuwait

Just as there is March Madness in the US, the phenomena seems to have spread to Kuwait - not for basketball but elections. Abdullatif Al Omar brings us the Kuwaiti bloggers reactions to the resignation of their government, the dissolving of Parliament and the looming elections in June.

Armenia: Peaceful Protest

  25 March 2008

Halfway down the Danube gives reasons for not attending last Friday’s demonstration held the day after the state of emergency was lifted in Yerevan. The post also looks at the use of the Internet in what some have called an attempt at a “colored revolution” in Armenia. However, the blog...

Armenia: Political Chess

  25 March 2008

Khirimian’s Thought comments on news reports that an opposition politician accuses the present and former authorities of dealing with demonstrations in the same manner. Earlier this month the government declared a state of emergency and used the military to enforce prohibitions on rallies by supporters of former president Levon Ter-Petrossian....

Japan: Nobody Outpolls Asō

  25 March 2008

Global Talk 21 highlighted a poll on “Who among the current Diet members do you think is most appropriate as the next Prime Minister?” The choice on “nobody” has outpolled all other candidates.

Armenia: Uprising Radio

  24 March 2008

Uprising Radio has a program on the recent election in Armenia, the protests that followed, and the state of emergency lifted last week. The guests on the radio station based in Los Angeles were Dr. Harry Sarafian and Harout Der-Tavitian from the Coalition for a Democratic Armenia.

Taiwan: Calling for Reflection

  24 March 2008

DPP candidate Frank Hsieh lost 2.21 million votes to KMT candidate Ma Ying-jeou in the Taiwan in the weekend presidential election; SpinalCord voted for Ma because the blogger found DPP had failed his expectation in the past 8 years. He hope DPP can reflect upon its failure and become a...

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, USA: Obama's Vision

  24 March 2008

Jamaican Geoffrey Philp thinks that Barack Obama “has a deep understanding of America and that he offers a transcendent vision of America that we haven't had in a long time”, while Notes from Port of Spain quotes Obama's “race speech”: “‘I am the son of a black man from Kenya...

Armenia: Terrorism Concerns

  24 March 2008

A new blog, khirimian's thought, responds to concerns expressed from some quarters that the radical opposition in Armenia might resort to more violent action unless their demands are met.

Armenia: Threat of Terrorism

  24 March 2008

Unzipped says he agrees with presidential candidate Arman Melikian that Armenia now faces the possibility of violent actions and terrorism by the radical opposition in light of the arrest of many of their leaders and the lack of dialogue with the government.

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Paraguay: Candidates Using Blogs to Reach Voters

  24 March 2008

Paraguay’s Presidential elections will be held on April 20, 2008. Many of the top presidential candidates, such as Fernando Lugo and Blanca Ovelar are using blogs as a way to communicate with potential voters. The blogs are published in one of Paraguay’s mains newspapers called Diario ABC.

Armenia: Independent Media Concerns

  23 March 2008

The Armenian Observer reports on an arson attack on a car belonging to the president of a media association in the second largest city of Gyumri. The attack is seen as being linked to the Asbarez Club's attempts to defend a pro-opposition local TV station which is currently under pressure...

Georgia: Independent Media Concerns

  23 March 2008

TOL Georgia details the continuing saga of Imedi TV, a station critical of the authorities which was closed down during the recent state of emergency in the country. The blog says that the station remains closed and ownership has been transferred to a U.S. citizen of Georgian descent. The opposition...

Georgia: Hunger Strike Continues

  23 March 2008

TOL Georgia reports that a hunger strike by the opposition in Georgia continues with several people now in a critical condition. The blog examines the background to the current standoff between the authorities and the opposition in the immediate aftermath of the January presidential election and just before the May...

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