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Recent elections

Mauritania (presidential), 21 June 2014
Antigua and Barbuda, 12 June 2014
Kosovo, 8 June 2014
Syria, 3 June 2014
Egypt, 26 to 28 May 2014
Colombia, 25 May and 15 June 2014
Belgium, 25 May 2014
Ukraine, 25 May 2014

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Recent Events

9 July Indonesia

A strongly contested presidential election took place between two contrasting candidates, Gen. Prabowo Subianto, a former military leader and establishment figure, and Joko Widodo, the reformist former Governor of Jakarta, who is regarded as a ‘clean’ politician in a country where corruption is widespread. During an acrimonious pre-election period, Widodo’s early substantial poll lead was eroded by Subianto’s well-funded and highly organized campaign. Following the election, both candidates declared victory, although exit polls appeared to indicate a narrow victory for Widodo. The election commission has a deadline of 22 July to release the official results; the new President will take office in October.

7 July Afghanistan

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan released preliminary results of the presidential election run-off poll that was held on 14 June. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (a former Minister of Finance and World Bank official) was allocated 56.4% of the valid votes cast, while his opponent, Dr Abdullah Abdullah (leader of the National Coalition of Afghanistan), gained 43.6%. However, Dr Abdullah rejected the preliminary results outright, alleging that widespread electoral fraud had taken place—a stance that provoked serious concerns about the prospects for a peaceful transfer of presidential power. The run-off poll followed an election on 5 April in which no candidate had secured the required 50% or more of the vote. Following negotiations in Kabul led by US Secretary of State John Kerry, on 12 July both candidates approved a comprehensive, UN-monitored vote recount and pledged to participate in a government of national unity following the release of the final results.

21 June Mauritania

At a presidential election the incumbent Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz won a further five-year term of office with 81.9% of the votes cast. His nearest rival, Biram Ould Dah Ould Ebeid, won 8.7% of the votes, while none of the other three candidates secured more than 4.5%. According to the Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante, some 56.5% of the registered electorate participated in the poll. However, many of the main opposition parties boycotted the election.

19 June Spain

Crown Prince Felipe was sworn in as head of state, as King Felipe VI, after acceding to the throne at midnight. He took office following the abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos, who had been head of state since 1975, after the death of Gen. Franco. Support for the monarchy in Spain had fallen in recent years, owing to corruption scandals involving the royal family and the perception that King Juan Carlos enjoyed a lavish lifestyle during the financial crisis. Demonstrations were held in towns and cities earlier in June, when King Juan Carlos announced his intention to abdicate, by protesters demanding a referendum on the monarchy.

15 June Colombia

According to results from the Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil, the second round of the presidential election was won by incumbent head of state Juan Manuel Santos. Santos, representing the Unidad Nacional coalition, comprising his Partido de la U, as well as the Partido Liberal Colombiano and the Cambio Radical, won 51.0% of the valid votes cast. His challenger, Oscar Iván Zuluaga of the right-wing Centro Democrático (formed by former President Alvaro Uribe) attracted 45.0% of the valid votes, less than opinion polls had predicted following Zuluaga’s success in the first round ballot held on 25 May. Santos’s victory was seen as an endorsement by voters of the President’s ongoing peace negotiations with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) rebels.

13 June Antigua and Barbuda

Gaston Browne, leader of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP), was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, following his party’s success in the general election of 12 June 2014. The ABLP won a landslide victory over the United Progressive Party (UPP), securing 14 of the 17 seats in the House of Representatives. The UPP, which had been seeking a third term in office under its leader Baldwin Spencer, won the remaining three seats.

3 June Egypt

Former Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defence Abd al-Fatah al-Sisi was confirmed as the winner of the presidential election held on 26–28 May 2014. According to the final results published by the Presidential Election Commission, al-Sisi secured an overwhelming victory, winning some 96.9% of valid votes cast. His sole opponent, Hamdeen Sabbahi, took just 3.1%. Voter turnout was recorded at 47.5%.

3 June Syria

At Syria’s first-ever multi-candidate presidential election, the incumbent, Bashar al-Assad, secured an overwhelming victory and a further seven-year term of office. Final results published by the Supreme Constitutional Court on 4 June confirmed that Assad—who had assumed office in 2000, following the death of his father, President Hafiz al-Assad—took some 92.2% of the valid votes cast. His two opponents, Hassan Abdullah al-Nouri and Maher Abd al-Hafiz Najjar, won 4.5% and 3.3% of the vote, respectively. The rate of participation was recorded at 73.4% of eligible voters. However, amid the ongoing civil conflict between forces loyal to Assad and opposition groups opposed to his continued rule, the poll was conducted only in those areas of the country that were controlled by the Government.


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