The Republic of the Sudan is a one-party dominant State. According to the constitution, the Sudanese Presidency has a five-year term, with no restrictions on re-elections. President Omar al-Bashir became the seventh president of Sudan in 1989. Today, he stands for his fourth election.
What are his chances of winning?
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?
Kosovo. Scotland. Puerto Rico. Catalonia? Perhaps this wealthy region of Spain will be the next to hold a referendum on independence. With a parliament heavily skewed towards separatists, it looks likely. Predictably, Spain is not pleased. It is interesting that the European Union may decide the future of Catalan independence.
What role does the European Union play here?
The November 2012 elections in the United States selected the House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, and the President. That was at the national level. In Puerto Rico, the election was less about federal seats and more about the future of Puerto Rico. For the fourteenth time since World War II (but only the first time in seven years), the residents of Puerto Rico had the opportunity to determine its future.
What did they decide?
The campaign for Scottish independence from the United Kingdom got a boost today. Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron signed the agreement finalizing the structure of the Scottish independence referendum to be held in 2014. Scottish independence has been the cornerstone of the Scottish National Party's (SNP) platform since its formation.
Is Scotland looking forward to independence?