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Canadian conservatives weight members’ votes in choosing new leader

On Sunday the Conservative Party of Canada elected its new national Leader, using a highly unusual weighted preferential voting system which gave heartland party supporters relatively low vote weights. Members … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · 4 Comments

Agreement for new minority government in British Columbia

Three weeks after the May 9 election, the New Democrat Party and the BC Greens have agreed on the formation of a government for the Canadian province of British Columbia. … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Koreans choose new direction in single-round presidential election

South Koreans have chosen a new president – and a new national direction – in an early election. Former president Park Guen-hya was due to end her five-year term in … Continue reading

May 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

French presidential election: Round 1

With just days to go until the first round of elections for the next President of France, what could possibly go wrong? The French are the world’s most prominent users … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Armenians shift to parliamentary government with unique voting rules

In contrast to the increasingly presidential governments seen in nations such as Turkey and Russia, the little Caucuses republic of Armenia has deliberately shifted to a parliamentary system of government, … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Anti-immigrant revolt fails to fire in the Netherlands

The results of yesterday’s election in the Netherlands have seen several realignments, but did not see the rise of the populist anti-immigrant political right that had been predicted for several … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Dutch first to vote on populist challenge

Voters in the Netherlands will tomorrow elect their national parliament, possibly making the nationalist and populist Freedom Party led by Geert Wilders the largest faction in a deeply divided chamber. … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Unionists suffer major losses in Northern Ireland

Irish unionists have suffered a near-disastrous election in Northern Ireland, losing 16 seats in the Assembly, and coming very close to conceding the post of First Minister to their main nationalist opponents, … Continue reading

March 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Northern Ireland returns to the polls

Voters in Northern Ireland will drag themselves to the polls today, less than a year on from their previous election. Since 1998 the Northern Irish have elected a legislative Assembly … Continue reading

March 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Is Trump’s ‘negative mandate’ the lowest ever?

An analysis in the New York Times has given Donald Trump’s selection as US president among the lowest ‘mandates’ of popular support in US history. Times’ writers Jugal Patel and … Continue reading

December 20, 2016 · Leave a comment