Center for Electoral Forensics
[Downtown Sofia]

Borisov Falls

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…

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[Chamber Deputies]

A Jasmine Resignation

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resigned today following an effort to put together a government of technocrats. The cabinet shuffle became necessary after the Congress of the Republic party (CPR) withdrew from the coalition. The CPR party quit the government because of the February 6th killing of opposition leader Chokri…

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[golden hall]

Japan's Next Election

Japan is a typical parliamentary democracy. The chief of state is isolated from electoral concerns. The head of government is not. Emperor Akihito is Japan's 125th emperor. Prime Minister Noda is Japan's 62nd premier. He has held that position since Naoto Kan resigned in September 2011. Yoshihiko Noda dissolved the…

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[Iconic Dutch windmills]

The Liberals Gain

The Dutch held their latest general election last Wednesday. Opinion polls suggested that the top two parties would be the Liberals and the Labor Party. While the election results did match these expectations, they also handed Geert Wilders, leader of the Party of Freedom, a resounding electoral defeat. What is…

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[Râșnov Fortress]

The Romanian President

In the West, Romania is known for several things, most notably Dracula. However, it should be known as the country that overthrew a powerful autocratic regime, the Communist regime of Nicolae Ceauşescu, on Christmas Day 1989. Ceauşescu lost the support of Romanians because of the intense austerity measures he imposed…

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