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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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Recent Events

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.

22 March Maldives

According to results issued by the Elections Commission of Maldives, the Progressive Coalition, led by the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM), secured a convincing victory in elections to the People’s Majlis: the PPM secured 33 seats in the 85-seat legislature, while their coalition partners—the Jumhooree Party and the Maldives Development Alliance—gained 15 seats and five seats, respectively. The Maldivian Democratic Party, led by former President Mohamed Nasheed, won 26 seats; five seats were secured by independent candidates and the Adhaalath Party took a single seat. Voter turnout was estimated at 77.9% of registered voters.

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.

16 March Serbia

In pre-term elections to the People’s Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, the Aleksandar Vučić—A Future We Believe In coalition, a five-party bloc led by the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), were the most successful grouping, winning 48.3% of the votes cast and obtaining 158 of the 250 legislative seats, according to provisional results published by the Electoral Commission of the Republic of Serbia. A three-party coalition led by the Socialist Party of Serbia of the outgoing Prime Minister, Ivica Dačić (in whose administration the SNS had also participated), were placed second, with 13.5% of the vote and 44 seats.

14 March Cyprus

President Nicos Anastasiades effected a limited reorganization of his Council of Ministers, following the withdrawal of the Democratic Party (DIKO) from the governing coalition. Tasos Mitsopoulos, hitherto the Minister of Communications and Works and a member of the President’s Democratic Rally (DISY), was appointed as Minister of Defence. Mitsopoulos’s former post was allocated to Marios Demetriades, an independent. Two further independents also joined the Government: Costas Kadis became Minister of Education and Culture, and Philippos Patsalides Minister of Health. In announcing its decision to withdraw from the coalition, the leadership of DIKO cited its disagreement with the terms agreed by Anastasiades for the resumption of reunification talks. However, on 22 March it was announced that Mitsopoulos had died following a sudden illness. The defence portfolio was temporarily reallocated to the Minister of the Interior, Socrates Hasikos.


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