Stories about Elections from August, 2006
Bolivia: Goni Documentary
Miguel Centallas reviews Our Brand Is Crisis, “a documentary about the 2002 presidential campaign of Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada (aka Goni).”
Slovakia: Two Pravdas
Deleted By Tomorrow writes about Pravda.sk: “‘Slovakia's most widely read broadsheet,’ which means I wouldn’t touch it with a ten-feet pole, the daily newspaper Pravda was sold recently to the Daily Mail. The Glory of Carniola writes about Pravda.ru: “Let's all give a warm [Pozdravlyayu] (congratulations) to the Russian online...
DRC: White Candidate in Presidential Election
Fleur d'Afrique points to an article about Pierre-Jacques Chalupa, a white candidate in Sunday's presidential election and writes (Fr): “Apparently, there was also a white candidate in the elections. I thought it was a joke! As the article says, it is hilarious that nobody is reacting but when it comes...
Iran: A Tourist Government
Jomhour says before becoming President, Ahmadinejad criticised former Ministers’ “un necessary” trips. The blogger says after one year as President, Ahmadinejad got all records for travelling abroad or to provinces. Jomhour considers too much money wasted on Ahmadinejad's trips where he repeats same useless things in provinces [Fa]. The blogger...
Armenia: Call to Arms
Onnik Krikorian reports that the US born Armenian opposition politician Raffi Hovannisian has called for an end to public apathy in the lead up to next year's parliamentary election.
DRC: Candidates Complain about Rigging
The Salon deplores that so many candidates are complaining about fraud in Sunday's election fearing the aftermath will lead to riots: “If they can convince people that their allegations are true, it will mean that the international community is in collusion with the riggers… recipe for chaos. I believe these...
Mexico: Getting Fed Up
Wave Making, originally a supporter of Felipe Calderón, says ” I simply don't care if he wins or loses anymore. It's more important that the other half of the population stops being angry and fed up.” Ana Maria Salazar also expresses her frustration (ES).
DRC: Possibility of a Runoff
Friends of the Congo offers preliminary results of Sunday's presidential election including the possibility of a runoff between Kabila and Bemba, an outcome that according to the blogger falls in line with the spirit of an aborted proposal made during the Sun City talks.
Nepal: Woman in throne
Nepali Notebook reports that the Nepalese cabinet headed by Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has decided to amend the royal succession laws to change the male only succession system for the monarchy. According to the changes there will be no obstacle for the female members of the royal family to be the head of the country as the queen. However the Maoists want abolition of the monarchy.
Bangladesh: Political allies
In politics bizarre things happen as ‘today’s enemy can be tomorrow’s friends.’ In Bangladesh, Prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia's party BNP agrees to form a coalition with the ex-dictator HM Ershad, a man accused of playing a role in the assassination of her husband, President Ziaur Rahman in 1980. Her party fought with others succeeding in bringing down the Ershad government in 1990 to establish true democracy in Bangladesh. imperfect | world | 2006 criticizes BNP's move and the oppositions' reactions.
Ukraine: Parties Ready for New Election
LEvko of Foreign Notes reports on various parties’ preparedness to a new election.
Mexico: Tent Cities Cause Chaos
Lots and lots of news from Mexico. Ana Maria Salazar says that tent cities have already been installed in various parts of Mexico City in support of Lopez Obrador. “These avenues are totally closed off to traffic and became pedestrian walkways. (Needless to say the traffic was chaotic today. I...
Iran: Election in Association of Journalists
In Daftar BiMokhatab inform us that in a less than a week there will be election in Association of Iranian Journalists. It is said that conservative journalists will invite their colleagues from provinces to Tehran to vote to their list. It seems the reformist list can win the election if...
DRC: Word on the Street
In a long detailed post, Fleur d'Afrique relates what she has heard through word of mouth about the aftermath of sunday's presidential election. Among other rumors, she's heard that:”Kabila is leading the polls particularly in the eastern and some southern parts of Congo.” She also deplores UDPS's strategy of boycotting...