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Stories about Governance

20 March 2020

Injunction grants Guyana's election commission the freedom to declare a winner — but will it?

An ex parte injunction blocking the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from acting on the CARICOM agreement essentially gives it the green light to declare in the government's favour.

19 March 2020

Local power play ends the reign of northern Nigeria's emir of Kano

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II used his privileged voice to confront 'the evil forces of feudalism' that have kept Northern Nigeria 'in bondage for so long'. But this cost him his throne.

Tanzania tackles COVID-19 with strict measures to slow the spread

In the wake of six confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tanzania, the government has taken strict measures to slow the spread. But messaging and communication around preventative measures remains a challenge.

Refugees in Ethiopia's camps raise privacy and exclusion concerns over UNHCR’s new digital registration

Advox

Biometric registration enables refugees to secure a digital ID that gives them access to aid. Their use has raised serious concerns about privacy and exclusion among refugees in Ethiopia.

‘Protecting forests is crucial to cure pandemics,’ indigenous leaders say

"If the forests are cut down, where are we going to get medicine?"

18 March 2020

Pakistan claims COVID-19 under control amidst rising figures

People on social media are wondering if measures taken by the government are adequate and whether there is a proper infrastructure to stop the spread of Covid-19 in Pakistan.

Turkmenistan fights coronavirus with (more) isolation and herbal remedies

Turkmen officials deny any cases of COVID-19 in the country. They aim to keep the virus away by closing borders, testing incoming travellers, and burning an aromatic desert grass.

17 March 2020

Czech Republic enters quarantine amid conflicting government directives

The Czech Republic has entered nationwide quarantine on March 16. But people are allowed to travel to work and shop for food outside.

15 March 2020

The mother of detained blogger Le Anh Hung speaks out about prison abuse in Vietnam

The 88 Project interviewed Ms. Tran Thi Niem about her imprisoned son, blogger Le Anh Hung, who has been placed in and out of mental health facilities since his 2013...

14 March 2020

COVID-19 in Africa: ‘Unprecedented levels of mobilization’ as nations brace for pandemic

With at least 19 African countries facing COVID-19, several African governments have taken critical steps toward managing the outbreak, including travel restrictions, health screenings, rapid testing and social distancing measures.

13 March 2020

Women's march in Istanbul marked by police violence and detentions on March 8

On March 8, International Women’s Day, feminist night marches took place in several cities across Turkey. While the event was held for the 17th time in İstanbul, it ended with...

Guyana general elections hang in the balance as regional vote count ruled ‘invalid’

Guyana's acting chief justice ruled that the Region 4 results were “unlawful” as they did not fall in line with Section 84 of Guyana's Representation of the People Act.

Does Singapore’s ‘top-down approach’ to handling COVID-19 deserve all the praise it's been getting?

"Singapore's coronavirus strategy cannot be just a top-down approach that does not account for the feelings of people on the ground."

12 March 2020

Putin supports proposals paving the way for his continued rule

RuNet Echo

After months of speculation about Putin's successor, there is clarity: if passed, new constitutional amendments proposed this week will allow him to stay in office as president until 2036.

11 March 2020

Czech Republic introduces drastic measures to deter spread of COVID-19

All schools will be shut down for at least the next two weeks.

Media coverage of Delhi riots muzzled in India

Advox

On March 6, the Indian government banned two Malayalam news channels for 48 hours for their coverage of the violence in North East Delhi; the decision was reversed the following...

10 March 2020

Churches in Greece and North Macedonia refuse to modify rituals conducive to the spread of COVID-19

The ritual known as the Holy Communion or Eucharist has Orthodox Christian worshippers drinking wine by a shared spoon, while Catholics eat thin slices of bread directly from the hand of...

The anti-feminism of Mexican President López Obrador

The Bridge

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador keeps sending messages that show an astounding lack of support for the victims of femicide.

9 March 2020

A ‘sweet’ deal: Sugar war ends between Tanzania and Uganda after years-long embargo

After a years-long ban on sugar imports from Uganda, Tanzania announced that it would open up trade on a government-to-government basis, strengthening ties within the East African Community.

8 March 2020

Guyana's 2020 general election results mired in controversy

The dissatisfaction surrounding the manner in which the votes from Guyana's Region 4 were handled is so rife that the country's most respected newspaper accused the elections commission of results...