Elections

Regional News • Africa
Côte d'Ivoire: President Alassane Outtara will run for third term
President of the Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara, 2017
President of the Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara, 2017 Credit: U.S. Department of State from United States / Public domain

Côte d'Ivoire President Alassane Outtara said he will run for re-election in October. Outtara has already served the maximum of two terms. Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly was supposed to be his successor for the upcoming election, but he died earlier this month.

Outtara went on television and said: "Faced with this case of force majeure and out of civic duty, I have decided to respond favourably to the call of my fellow citizens asking me to be a candidate in the presidential election of 31 October 2020."

The opposition has condemned this move and pointed out that the constitution forbids a third term.

Regional News • Americas • South America
Thousands protest in El Alto, Bolivia, to demand elections on September
Thousands protest in El Alto, Bolivia, to demand elections on September
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Thousands of Bolivians, from different parts of the country marched this Tuesday in the municipality of El Alto, adjacent to La Paz, against the postponement of the elections ordered last week by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). Smaller mobilizations were carried out in other cities of the country.

"Elections now", "democracy, yes; dictatorship, no " and "outside Áñez ” were chanted by the protesters called by the Bolivian Workers Central and the Unity Pact, the coalition of unions affiliated to the Movement to Socialism (MAS), the party of former President Evo Morales.

The elections, initially scheduled for September 6, were postponed to October 20 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Regional News • Asia
Tokyo’s first female governor gets re-elected for second term
Yuriko Koike in 2017
Yuriko Koike in 2017 Credit: 江戸村のとくぞう (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

According to exit polls, Yuriko Koike, Tokyo’s first female governor has been re-elected with 60 percent of the vote. Koike has stated that she wants "to manage an effective response to Covid-19" as the numbers have been over 100 new cases per day for the fourth day in a row and added that she'll do her "best with this second term". According to additional questions in the exit polls, Koike has gotten positive ratings for the fight of the Covid-19 pandemic in Tokyo as she pushed for stronger actions than the national government.

Regional News • Europe
HDZ set to win Croatia parliamentary vote, but without a majority
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, from HDZ
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, from HDZ Credit: Preiss/ MSC (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) is the probable winner of the parliamentary election on Sunday. According to an exit poll from Ipsos agency, HDZ was set to win 61 out of 151 parliamentary seats, with the top opposition party the Social Democrats (SDP) and its smaller allies which grabbing 44 seats.

Neither of the two main parties will be able to form a government without going into coalition, and Deutsche Welle reports Prime Minister Plenkovic, from HDZ, may have a better chance of finding allies to form the next government.

Regional News • Europe • Russia
Putin wins constitutional referendum and will be able to stay in power until 2036
Archive Vladimir Putin 2018
Archive Vladimir Putin 2018 Credit: kremlin.ru (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

The Central Election Commission has announced that the Russians have voted in favor of adopting the proposed constitutional changes. According to the commission, 77.9 percent of the voters were in favor and 21 percent against. With the changes, Putin will be able to run for two more six-year terms after 2024, thus being able to stay as the head of the country until 2036. Multiple countries have called for Russia to investigate possible irregularities with the voting process.

A spokesperson for the United States state department stated that "We are troubled by reports of Russian government efforts to manipulate the result of the recent votes on constitutional amendments, including reports of voter coercion, pressure on opponents of the amendments and restrictions of independent observers of the vote".

Regional News • Africa
Ethiopia: Elections postponed, PM Abiy stays in office
Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed, 2019
Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed, 2019 Credit: The Kremlin, Moscow / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

Ethiopia postponed its August elections due to the coronavirus. Parliament voted 114:1, approving PM Abiy Ahmed to stay in office until a new date is found. New elections are recommended to be held in 9-12 months "after the coronavirus is deemed not to be a public health concern".