In a usual presidential election in the Republic of Cyprus, the island's division plays an important role. In 1974, a military coup d'état against the popularly-elected president brought to power a military junta seeking to unite Cyprus with Greece. Turkey invaded to protect the Turks on Cyprus. When the smoke had lifted, the United Nations manned the Green Line separating Turkish and Greek Cyprus. Unifying the country has been a goal of both parts since then.
And yet, unification took a back seat in this election.
The Caribbean island nation of Grenada one of the Windward Islands, sits at the southern end of the Lesser Antilles. It received independence from the United Kingdom in 1974 and was invaded by the United States in 1983. Since then, it has achieved full democracy, if not a strong economy. An island nation, the global economic recession hit Grenada hard.
How did this affect the election?
The unicameral National Assembly of Bulgaria has 240 seats of which the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party holds 117. This has held steady since the last parliamentary election in 2009. Another thing that has held steady is the unemployment rate in Bulgaria since the start of the global economic downturn.
How did this lead to the fall of the Borisov government?
One of the recurring themes of election results over the past few years is that incumbents tend to do poorly. This is because of the global economic recession (see, for instance, The Left is Out in Denmark, Lithuania Speaks, and No Winner in Cyprus — Yet). However, Ecuador's Rafael Correa was able to buck the trend and be elected to a third consecutive term.
How did he do it?
Cyprus is an island in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Geographically, it is nearest to Turkey. Politically, it is nearest to Greece. This split is reflected in the island's split: The northern part is the de facto Turkish Republic of North Cyprus; the southern, the Republic of Cyprus.
Did this split affect this year's presidential election?