Sri Lanka held its quinquennial presidential election in January. It put incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa against Maithripala Sirisena for the presidency. The election was close. Rajapaksa expected to win reelection easily.
Sirisena won, but was it fairly?
Egypt's trek from Mubarek's overthrow to a stable nation has been long and arduous. The celebrations in Tahrir Square seem far too distant. The jubilation of the prospect of a genuine democracy seems a dream from last night. In the days since the protests against President Hosni Mubarek began, Egyptians have experienced at least two coups d'état, three constitutional referenda, and two presidential elections.
Is Sisi's election what Egypt needs?
The Arab Spring was not easy on Egypt, and still is not. Hosni Mubarak was removed in a coup. He was eventually replaced by the popularly-elected Mohammed Morsi (article: The Quality of Mursi). Morsi, who seemed to be a compromise candidate, was then removed in the 2013 military coup. On January 14 and 15, 2014, Egyptians again went to the polls, this time to amend the constitution (article: Elections Called in Egypt).
How did that turn out?
Armenia has a typical presidential system with an atypical electoral system. While the president is popularly elected by the people in using the typical majoritarian formula, the unicameral National Assembly uses a parallel ballot. Of the 131 members, 41 are elected from single-seat constituencies and 90 from proportional representation. This electoral system encourages multiple parties in the parliamentary elections. Seven candidates vied for the presidency. The incumbent won with almost 60% of the vote.
Is there anything to the charges of voting irregularities?
Ghana is a west African state bordering Côte d'Ivoire to the east. From the time of the CIA-backed coup of 1966 until the promulgation of the constitution of 1992, Ghana saw its share of political and economic instability. However, since the end of the Cold War, its politics have been marked by stability and democratic transitions.
Did the sixth democratic election continue the trend?