The Federal Republic of Nigeria has seen its share of political instability since its 1960 independence. It has seen a civil war in the south and a strong terrorist insurgency in the north. It has seen military coups d'état. Through it all, Nigeria has moved, in fits and starts, towards democracy. Saturday marks another step in that journey.
What are the predictions for the upcoming presidential elections?
Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world. It is primarily located between India and Afghanistan, although it shares a desert border with Iran and a mountainous border with China. As a former British colony, one would expect its government style to be based on the Westminster model. However, Pakistan is a federal parliamentary republic with a president.
The ruling party won 18 of the 48 seats in the Senate in Friday's election. What does this mean for Pakistan?
The Arab Spring continues to wreak havoc on Syria. Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011, there have been more than 100,000 deaths. And yet, even in the midst of the war, Syria holds to its democratic processes. Syria held parliamentary elections in 2012, and is currently holding presidential elections.
What are the effects of the war on the elections?
The small African state of Malawi, the former Nyasaland, is nestled between Mozambique and Zambia. Like many African states, it won its independence and became ruled by a long-term dictator. Here, that was Hastings Kamuzu Banda, who ruled Malawi from independence (1966) until 1994. Banda, however, was not the typical African dictator. He helped Malawi's economy grow during his tenure. He also was responsible for human rights violations of the first order.
Why is his Malawi Congress Party a player in Malawian politics today?
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?