Iraqi Election Yields Historically Low Turnout

On October 10, Iraq held their sixth parliamentary election since the fall of Saddam Hussein after the United States-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, reports The New York Times. The parliamentary election decides the 329 members of the Council of Representatives who elect Iraq’s president and confirm the prime minister.

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Germany Hosts Pivotal Government Elections

Following the announcement of the retirement of Angela Merkel, Germany held a federal election on September 26, 2021, the first without its Chancellor in almost 16 years. According to the Guardian Germany uses a system in which voters cast two votes, one directly for a representative and another for a party.

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Calls for Impeachment Spark Populist Backlash in Brazil

The presidency of Jair Bolsonaro, the conservative populist who has been president of Brazil since 2016, is under challenge, as opposition protests held across the country this week are calling for his impeachment. According to MercoPress, reports indicate that his support nationwide is dwindling, with national opinion polling placing him in the 22 to 30 percent approval range, with elections being scheduled for next year.

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Conservative Banker Wins Ecuadorian Election

Voters in Ecuador elected Guillermo Lasso, a conservative banker, to serve as president for the next four years. Lasso won the runoff election with just 52.5 percent of the votes, reports The Economist, after claiming a spot in the runoff with a lead of a half a percentage point. 

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Thailand Cracks Down on Continued Anti-Government Protests 

On March 8, Thailand’s Bangkok Criminal Court detained three pro-democracy activists  on the charge of insulting the monarchy, according to Human Rights Watch. Al Jazeera states   that 15 other protesters were indicted over attending anti-government rallies on charges of sedition and disobeying a ban on public assemblies.

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Supreme Court Overturns Conviction of Former Brazilian President 

In a recent ruling, the Supreme Court of Brazil overturned the corruption conviction of former two-term President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula), according to BBC News. The conviction was related to the massive anti-corruption investigation known as “Operation Car Wash” that exposed the largest corruption scandal in Latin America. The Supreme Court, however, ruled that Lula’s conviction was invalid because the court he was tried in lacked jurisdiction.

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Israeli Prime Minister Charged with Corruption

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest serving prime minister, has been charged with three counts of corruption. According to BBC News, Netanyahu is accused of fraud and a breach of trust. His opponents allege that he accepted expensive gifts, such as cigars and wines, from billionaire businessmen.

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Haitian President Accused of Outstaying His Term

Haitian President Jovenel Moise announced on January 31 that he and his government had foiled an attempted coup by the opposition party. France 24 reports that the Moise government arrested 23 people, including one of Haiti’s three supreme court judges, whom they claim were all involved with the conspiracy to oust President Moise and replace him with a new interim president.

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Party Wins Parliament Amid Genocide Accusations

The National League for Democracy party (NLD), backed by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, won a majority in Myanmar’s parliament in this year’s election. According to CNN, the NLD scored 396 out of 473 seats, beating the military-backed opposition party by a significant margin.

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Tanzanian Presidential Elections End in Controversy Due to Fraud Accusations

Tanzania’s National Electoral Commission declared John Magufuli the winner of the 2020 presidential election held on October 28. Al Jazeera reports that the leaders of multiple opposition parties have claimed that the election was fraudulent following the declaration that Magufuli won with almost 85 percent of the votes.

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