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Recent elections

Uruguay, 26 October 2014
Botswana, 24 October 2014
Mozambique (presidential), 15 October 2014
Mozambique (legislative), 15 October 2014
Bolivia, 12 October 2014
São Tomé and Príncipe, 12 October 2014
Brazil, 5 and 26 October 2014
Bulgaria, 5 October 2014

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Argentina

Click for detailThe Argentine Republic occupies almost the whole of South America south of the Tropic of Capricorn and east of the Andes. Throughout the 20th century government generally alternated between military and civilian rule. The so-called ‘dirty war’ between the military regime and its opponents in 1976–83 ... (MORE)

Recent Events

31 October Burkina Faso

Blaise Compaoré, head of state since 1987, announced his resignation from the presidency and declared a ‘power vacuum to allow for the immediate establishment of a transitional authority’. Compaoré had, earlier in October 2014, declared his intention to seek to amend the Constitution in order to enable him to stand for a further term of office, precipitating large-scale demonstrations, which culminated in protesters setting fire to the parliament buildings on 30 October. Upon Compaoré’s resignation Gen. Honoré Nabéré Traoré, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, stated that he had assumed power; however, on 1 November the army named Lt Col Isaac Zida (the former deputy commander of the Regiment of Presidential Security) as the leader of a transitional government. Popular protests continued nevertheless, and the African Union, the USA and the Economic Community of West African States all condemned the military takeover.

29 October Zambia

The death was announced of Michael Sata, President since September 2011, following a prolonged period of illness. The Vice-President, Guy Scott, assumed the functions of head of government in an acting capacity, pending a presidential election which was constitutionally required to be held within 90 days.

28 October Botswana

Seretse Khama Ian Khama was inaugurated for a second consecutive five-year presidential term, following the victory of his Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) at legislative elections held on 24 October. According to official results released by the Independent Electoral Commission, the BDP secured 37 of the 57 available seats in the National Assembly (compared with 45 at the 2009 elections), while the Umbrella for Democratic Change, a coalition of three parties, took 17 seats. The remaining three seats were taken by the Botswana Congress Party.

26 October Brazil

Dilma Rousseff of the ruling Partido dos Trabalhadores secured victory in the second round of the presidential election. Rousseff, who was seeking a further term in office, had won 41.6% of the first round vote on 5 October, short of the outright majority needed to avoid a run-off ballot. Rousseff attracted 51.6% of the valid votes in the second round of voting, while her opponent, Aécio Neves of the Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira, garnered 48.4% of the ballot.

25 October Ukraine

Pre-term elections to the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council) were held, thereby completing the transition of power that had begun following the departure from office of former President Viktor Yanukovych in February. According to provisional results, the Blok Petra Poroshenka (Petro Poroshenko Bloc—allied to the President elected in May) and the Narodny Front (People’s Front), led by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, were the two most successful parties, but would require the support of other deputies in order to establish a parliamentary majority. In voting to single-mandate constituency seats, some 96 non-partisan deputies were elected, while 27 seats remained vacant, as it had not been possible to hold elections in Crimea and Sevasatopol, which had been annexed by Russia, nor in those areas of the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts that remained outside Ukrainian state control. On 2 November the separatist authorities in those regions held elections, which were unrecognized by the Ukrainian Government, to the legislatures and presidencies of the self-declared ‘People's Republics’.

20 October Indonesia

Joko Widodo, who won the presidential election on 9 July, was sworn in as President. Widodo, who had previously been directly elected to the posts of mayor of Solo and Governor of Jakarta, is the first Indonesian President from outside the political and military élite. His new 34-member Cabinet, which was sworn in on 27 October, comprised many technocrats, notably with responsibility for the economic portfolios, with a view to implementing much-needed reforms. The Cabinet also included the career diplomat Retno Marsudi as the country’s first female Minister of Foreign Affairs.

12 October Bolivia

Presidential and legislative elections were held. Following a delay in the election count, on 18 October the Supreme Electoral Tribunal declared that President Evo Morales, leader of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), was the victor of the presidential ballot. Morales, who won an unprecedented third term in office, secured 61.4% of the valid votes cast, according to final results. His nearest rival, Samuel Doria Medina of the Unidad Democrática, attracted some 24.2% of the vote, while third-placed was former head of state Jorge Quiroga, representing the Partido Demócrata Cristiano, with 9.0% of the ballot. The MAS also performed well in the legislative ballot, securing a two-thirds’ majority in the national assembly.

5 October Bulgaria

Legislative elections took place. Preliminary results indicated that Grazhdani za evropeysko razvitie na Balgariya (GERB—Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria), led by former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, secured the largest proportion of the votes cast, with some 32.7%. A coalition led by the Balgarska Sotsialisticheska Partiya (BSP—Bulgarian Socialist Party) came second, with 15.4% of the votes. Dvizhenie za Prava i Svobodi (DPS—Movement for Rights and Freedoms), representing the ethnic Turkish minority, received 14.8% of the votes.

 


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