11 candidates compete for Croatia’s Presidential seat

The 2019 Croatian presidential election is set on December 22, 2019 with eleven candidates competing for the highest government post according to the Croation State Election Commission (DIP) last Thursday,  December 5.

Twelve candidates filed for the post but one of those who applied, Slobodan Midžić, was disqualified after submitting a petition with only one signature. According to the country’s presidential election guidelines, a potential candidate must gather at least 10,000 signatures from eligible voters before his/her name will be printed on the ballot.

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic
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The candidates who were able to meet the 10,000 signature requirement are as follows:

Candidate Party affiliation Number of Signatures Garnered
Nedjeljko Babić Croatian Party of all Chakavians, Kajkavians and Shtokavians 14,000
Anto Đapić Democratic Alliance for National Renewal 13,000
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović Independent 231,000
Milan Bandić (also known as Dario Juričan) Independent 13,000
Dejan Kovač Croatian Social Liberal Party 16,000
Zoran Milanović Social Democratic Party 78,000
Dalija Orešković Independent 11,000
Katarina Peović Workers’ Front 14,000
Ivan Pernar Party of Ivan Pernar 15,000
Miroslav Škoro Independent 70,000

The highest number of signatures was garnered by incumbent president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović with 231,000. The reelectionist president is also expected to win the first round for garnering  28.6 per cent in the latest opinion polls. She, however, will be facing Zoran Milanovic who got 24.3 per cent.

Should the top vote-getter in December 22 fails to generate a majority vote, a round-up election will be held on January 5, 2020.


2019 Guinea-Bissau presidential election: A duel between Pereira and Embaló

The second round of the 2019 Guinea-Bissau Presidential Elections will be between Domingos Simões Pereira of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) and Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Madem G15 after the multi-candidate race failed to produce a majority vote last 24 November 2019. The second round will be held on 29 December this year.

Pereira, who served as  Guinea-Bissau’s Prime Minister from 2014-2015, got 40.13% or 22,870 of the total votes cast while Embaló, also a former Prime Minister, got 27.65% or 153,530 votes.

The first round was participated in by 12 candidates. In addition to Pereira and Embaló, the 2019 presidential contenders are:

Candidate Political Party 24 November 2019 (First round)
Votes %
Domingos Simões Pereira PAIGC 222,870 40.13
Umaro Sissoco Embaló Madem G15 153,530 27.65
Nuno Gomes Nabiam Assembly of the People United 73,063 13.16
José Mário Vaz Independent 68,933 12.41
Carlos Gomes Júnior Independent 14,766 2.66
Baciro Djá Patriotic Front of National Salvation 7,126 1.28
Vicente Fernandes Democratic Convergence Party 4,250 0.76
Mamadú Iaia Djaló New Democracy Party 2,813 0.51
Idrissa Djaló National Unity Party 2,569 0.46
Mutaro Intai Djabi Independent 2,385 0.43
Gabriel Fernando Indi United Social Democratic Party 1,982 0.36
António Afonso Té Republican Party for Independence and Development 1,061 0.19
Invalid/blank votes 11,125
Total 566,473 100


The Republic of Guinea-Bissau is a country in West Africa that covers 36,125 square kilometres (13,948 sq mi) with an estimated population of 1,874,303 based on the 2018 data. Its gross domestic product is $3.391 billion and a per capita of

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Election Fraud Aided Evo Morales, International Panel Concludes

By Anatoly Kurmanaev | NYTimes.Com

An independent international audit of Bolivia’s disputed election concluded that former President Evo Morales’s officials resorted to lies, manipulation and forgery to ensure his victory.

Bolivia’s general elections on Oct. 20 were marred by “a series of malicious operations aimed at altering the will expressed at the polls,” auditors from the Organization of American States said in a 100-page final report released Thursday. Deliberate wrongdoing by election officials, combined with a series of errors and irregularities in the vote count, made it impossible to validate the results, the auditors added.

The election’s initial official results handed Mr. Morales, Bolivia’s first Indigenous president, an unprecedented fourth term in office, defying the constitutional term limits he himself had set. An unexplained delay in the vote count, however, triggered a wave of protests across Bolivia’s major cities, which eventually forced Mr. Morales to resign and flee into exile in Mexico.

Mr. Morales himself agreed to the international report. His government called on the O.A.S. to conduct a “binding” audit of the vote in an attempt to quell the unrest triggered by his victory.

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Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen looks set to win re-election in 2020 presidential poll

BY KO SHU-LING | http://www.japantimes.co.jp

TAIPEI – Six months ago, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s approval ratings were so low many wondered if she would be nominated to run for re-election in January.

Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party suffered a huge defeat in the 2018 local elections, and few gave her much chance against the main opposition Nationalist Party candidate Han Kuo-yu, who was riding a wave of popularity that began the year before when he won the Kaohsiung mayoral election as part of the DPP rout.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen
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Today, however, polls show Tsai leading Han by over 10 points, with most in agreement that, barring a major scandal or economic downturn, Taiwan’s fourth elected, and first female, president is headed for a second term.

Tsai’s rebound is widely attributed to two main causes, both involving China.

The first is the pro-democracy unrest in Hong Kong, which has filled local media with the kind of news guaranteed to increase support for the independence-leaning DPP among voters long wary not only of China, but of the China-friendly opposition party widely known as Kuomingtan (KMT).

The second is Taiwan’s economic health, which the U.S.-China trade war boosted in recent months as foreign businesses seek alternate sources for goods once manufactured on the mainland.

Yet Tsai’s biggest break may not have involved China, but rather her opponent’s decision to accept the KMT nomination only a few months after assuming his duties as Kaohsiung mayor.

Han began his political career in the legislature, where from 1993 to 2002 he earned a reputation for combativeness and heavy drinking. This was followed by a series of minor political appointments and a failed 2017 bid for KMT chair, after which he agreed to represent the party in Kaohsiung, a DPP stronghold that Han was expected to lose.

Instead, he took 54 percent of the votes, astonishing everyone and initiating a “Han wave” of supporters who immediately began touting him as presidential material.

Lifting a page from the populist playbook, he campaigned as a humble everyman, replying to complex questions with slogans, or dodging them outright, especially when they involved China. Han focused on local grievances, notably the economy, blaming the DPP for regional stagnation and the exodus of young people forced to move north to find work.

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Elections 2019: How Norway’s Big Cities Voted

David Nikel | LifeInNorway.Net

Norway’s smaller parties made big gains across the country in the 2019 local elections. The results leave the Labour Party clinging on to power in many of Norway’s biggest cities after their worst electoral night in generations.

The Greens in Oslo, the road toll protest party in Bergen, the collapse of support for Labour in their heartland of Trondheim. Wherever you look, there is a big story in Norway’s 2019 local elections.

The nationwide results

Not all the results are in, but the results so far show a stunning trend. Although these are municipal and county elections, it’s always expected that the main opposition party in Parliament will receive a boost. Not so.

All four of Norway’s governing parties lost votes compared to the last local elections. But the big surprise was the incredible fall in Labour Party (Ap) support all across the country. The pro-local, pro-rural, pro-farming Centre Party (Sp) were the biggest winners, finishing a clear third place in the popular vote.

Also polling well were two parties on opposing sides of the environment argument. The Green Party (MDG) took a lot of the urban vote, while the protest party People’s Action – No To More Road Tolls (FNB) recorded stunning success in Bergen.

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Norway Elections: Labour Plunged Into Crisis As Greens, Centre Party Make Gains

David Nikel | Forbes.Com

Une Aina Bastholm and Arild Hermstad, joint spokespersons for the Green Party of Norway.
Une Aina Bastholm and Arild Hermstad, joint spokespersons for the Green Party of Norway.MILJØPARTIET DE GRØNNE

On a night when several smaller parties are set for big gains in Norway’s nationwide local and county elections, some of the country’s biggest parties took a bruising. The first projected results show that all four governing parties lost votes, but it’s the main opposition Labour Party that are bracing themselves for a devastating result.

A new political landscape

“The fiery red thread is anger and protest. A dramatic signal that changes Norwegian politics,” said NRK’s politics correspondent Lars Nehru Sand, who described the overall results as Norway “giving the finger” to the establishment. VG said the vote leaves Norway with a new political landscape.

The agrarian Centre Party look set to beat three of the four ruling parties to finish a clear third place in the popular vote, while the Socialist Left and the far-left Red also made notable gains. Norway’s Green Party also recorded a major success. Their projected share of the vote is 6.7% in the local elections and 7.5% in the county elections, in both cases a rise of well over 50% from the last votes four years ago.

Despite the apparent success of the Green Party’s pro-environment campaign, there was also a significant backlash against road tolls in major cities. FNB, Norway’s protest party against road tolls, is projected to win influential numbers of seats on Bergen and Stavanger city councils with representation also in Oslo, a result set to temper the Green celebrations.

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Russia’s ruling party loses a third of seats in Moscow election after protests

By Naira Davlashyan  translated by Alice Tidey | EuroNews.Com

Russia’s ruling party has seen its majority decrease dramatically in Moscow’s city legislature after a summer of protests.

Candidates from United Russia, which supports President Vladimir Putin, were on course to claim 26 seats of the City Duma’s 45 seats, according to RIA news agency, citing nearly-complete election data.

This is down 16 from the 40 the party previously held, while the Communist Party was reportedly going to win 13 seats, the centre-left A Just Russia three seats and liberal party Yabloko three seats, coming back from its leader, Sergei Mitrokhin, initially being banned from standing.

It suggested a tactical voting strategy pushed by Putin’s opponents may have worked — prominent opposition politician Alexei Navalny advised his supporters to vote tactically across Russia for the candidate with the best chance of defeating United Russia.

Several regional and local elections took place across Russia on Sunday following two months of intense protest in the capital to denounce the authorities’ decision to ban opposition and independent candidates from running.

Most of the attention has been focused on Moscow, where rallies calling for free and fair election were organised every weekend throughout July and August, gathering tens of thousands in the biggest social unrest movement to rock the country in years.

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