Bahrain’s elections. Don’t hold your breath.

On Nov. 22, Bahrain held a first round of legislative and local elections. Similar to what has happened with the majority of events that have taken place in the country throughout the last few years, few in the media refer to both the vote itself and the circumstances surrounding it.Bahrain sets itself as a privileged …

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How to hold an election in a war-torn country

Link in Spanish: Miradas de InternacionalThere is no doubt about it. A presidential election will be held on June 3rd in Syria and Bashar Al Assad is going to win. The only question is by how much. Regardless of byzantine debates about whether this vote should take place or not, the truth is that the …

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15 reasons not to observe Egypt’s presidential election.

Now that both the EU and the Carter Centre have announced they will not be electoral observers (except that the EU will finally be) in the Presidential vote scheduled in Egypt for May 26th and 27th (coincidentally, elections will also take place around these days in the EU itself, Ukraine and Colombia), the tone is …

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Guinea: democracy at last… or not?

On 28 September, Guinea held its first democratic parliamentary vote since the country's independence from France in 1958. The election was held two years overdue and was due to complete the long-delayed transition back to civilian rule following a 2008 military coup. Indeed, the vote was meant to have been held within six months of …

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