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Recent elections

Maldives, 22 March 2014
Serbia, 16 March 2014
Slovakia, 15 March and 29 March 2014
Costa Rica, 2 February and 6 April 2014
El Salvador, 2 February and 9 March 2014
Bangladesh, 5 January 2014
Madagascar (legislative), 20 December 2013
Madagascar (presidential), 20 December 2013

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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

17 April Algeria

At a presidential election, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who had served as head of state since 1999, was overwhelmingly returned for a fourth consecutive term of office. According to preliminary results issued by the Ministry of the Interior and Local Authorities on 18 April, Bouteflika secured 81.5% of valid votes cast. Former Prime Minister Ali Benflis was placed second, with 12.2%. A further four candidates contested the election, of whom only Abdelaziz Belaïd (3.4%) and Louisa Hanoune (1.4%) secured more than 1% of the vote. Turnout was recorded at 51.7%. The Constitutional Court was due to confirm the final results of the election within 10 days.

16 April Guinea-Bissau

The Comissão Nacional de Eleições (CNE) announced provisional results of the presidential election held, concurrently with legislative elections, on 13 April. According to these, José Mário Vaz, representing the Partido Africano da Independência da Guiné e Cabo Verde (PAIGC), took 40.1% of the votes cast, while independent candidates Nuno Gomes Nabiam and Paulo Gomes were placed second and third, respectively, having secured 25.1% and 9.9% of the votes. As none of the 13 candidates achieved the 50% threshold required to secure outright election, Vaz and Nabiam were to contest a second round of voting on 18 May. The CNE also declared that the PAIGC won 55 of the 102 seats in the legislature. The Partido para a Renovação Social took 41 seats and the Partido da Convergência Democrática secured two seats.

9 April Democratic People's Republic of Korea

The first session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) was convened, following an election on 9 March at which 99.97% of the electorate were reported to have participated, electing 687 deputies unopposed. Changes to the National Defence Commission and the Cabinet were disclosed at the session. Vice-Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, who is widely regarded as the second most powerful member of the Government, was elevated from a member to a Vice-Chairman of the National Defence Commission, appearing to consolidate his position. The Assembly approved the appointment of Ri Su Yong (a former ambassador to Switzerland) as Minister of Foreign Affairs, and of a number of other apparently recently nominated ministers, including those responsible for electric power, transport, machine-building, posts and telecommunications, education and culture; the number of Vice-Premiers listed was reduced from nine to four.

6 April Costa Rica

Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera of the opposition Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) won a landslide victory in the second round of the presidential election, attracting 77.8% of the valid votes cast, according to preliminary results. His opponent, Johnny Araya Monge of the ruling Partido de Liberación Nacional (PLN), garnered just 22.2% of the valid ballot, mainly owing to Araya’s decision not to campaign for the run-off election following a poor performance in the first round of voting on 2 February. Election rules meant that Araya was unable to withdraw from the contest. Although voter abstention was high, Solís still secured more than 1.3m. votes, the highest of any presidential nominee in Costa Rica. The President-elect was scheduled to take office on 8 May.

6 April Hungary

Legislative elections took place. Preliminary results indicated that a coalition of Fidesz (Federation of Young Democrats)—Hungarian Civic Alliance, led by incumbent Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and the Christian Democratic People’s Party had won 133 of the 199 seats in the National Assembly. The Unity Coalition, including the Hungarian Socialist Party, Together 2014 and the Democratic Coalition, secured 38 seats and the extreme nationalist party Jobbik obtained 23 seats.

31 March France

Following heavy defeats for the governing Parti Socialiste (PS) in municipal elections held in March, at which the PS lost control of some 150 towns and cities, mainly to the centre-right Union pour un Mouvement Populaire, but several to the far-right Front National, President François Hollande named Manuel Valls, hitherto Minister of the Interior, as the new Prime Minister, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault.

29 March Slovakia

The second round of voting in the presidential election took place. According to official results, released on 30 March, Andrej Kiska, a wealthy businessman without political affiliation, secured the presidency with 59.4% of the votes cast. Kiska defeated the incumbent Prime Minister and Chairman of Direction-Social Democracy, Robert Fico, the leading candidate after the first round of voting on 14 March, who obtained 40.6% of the votes in the second round. Kiska was to be sworn in on 15 June.

18 March Russia

President Vladimir Putin signed a declaration formally providing for the admission of two territories—the Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, both of which are internationally recognized as constituting part of Ukraine, and which Russia had recognized as independent territories one day earlier—to the Russian Federation. This measure (which would require the approval of both federal legislative chambers to enter into effect) followed the holding, on 16 March, of a referendum on the Crimean peninsula, which had been under de facto Russian military control since late February, that overwhelmingly endorsed the formal transfer of the territories to Russia. The European Union and USA both condemned the referendum as illegitimate, and announced the imposition of sanctions against several senior Russian and Crimean officials in response. The USA additionally imposed sanctions against the former Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, who had been impeached on 22 February, and one other senior Ukrainian official.

 


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