Non-UK political happenings thread

Election results - Spain

PSOE - 123 seats (was 85)
PP - 66 seats (was 137)
Podemos - 43 seats (was 45)
Ciudadanos - 57 seats (was 32)
Vox - 24 seats (election debutants)

176 seats are required to form a majority government. For a left of centre coalition (i.e. PSOE + Podemos) support from one or more of the smaller parties is welcome, and the Basque nationalists PNV (6 seats) have already offered their help.

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There’s that many votes to count that officials are dropping dead due to exhaustion (272) according to the electoral commission

Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena SER today, deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo (pictured above) said PSOE’s priority would be to “try to form a government alone”, in other words not a coalition but a minority government instead, something the party has been doing since June last year.

Spain is the only country among the larger EU countries to have not had a coalition government in the past 40 years.

Vox’s propaganda - yeah, that’s their leader

faaaackin hell

the fash are such dorks

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this absolutely did me when I saw it - they’ve got this weird lord of the rings thing which I find really funny

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fuck channel 6 and those gay ghosts.

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warner bros response at the top <3

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South Africa - general election - Wednesday 8 May

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid to consolidate his grip on power and revive the flagging economy in the aftermath of Jacob Zuma’s scandal-marred rule faces a critical test in today’s sixth post-apartheid national election.

While opinion polls point to the ruling ANC extending its quarter-century monopoly on power, Ramaphosa needs a decisive win to quell opposition in his faction-riven party to push through reforms needed to increase growth in Africa’s most-industrialised economy. The ANC’s main challengers among 48 parties contesting the national vote are Mmusi Maimane’s center-right DA and the populist Economic Freedom Fighters, led by former ANC youth wing leader Julius Malema.

Voting for the 400-member National Assembly and nine provincial legislatures is due to run from 7 AM to 9 PM local time. Final results are scheduled to be released by 11 May, and a first meeting of the new parliament has been provisionally set for 22 May. The country’s president is officially elected at that sitting.

India - general election

The last of seven phases of general elections concludes on Sunday.

The final vote count will be out on Thursday (23 May) but exit poll data is likely the dominate the news from Monday. Opinion polls have been more polarised this time, with the incumbent BJP+allies (aka NDA) estimated to win anywhere between 185 to 290 seats (272 being the magic number). Though concerns around a fractured government mandate exist, notable sentiment is still with the NDA getting over/very close to the victory line.

India general election

Exit polls have been published and although they are notoriously unreliable in India, it appears that Modi has won the election and will be able continue as prime minister.

Official results are out on Thursday.

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(272 seats needed for majority)

Indonesia elections - aftermath

The Election Commission said yesterday that Joko Widodo, the first Indonesian president from outside the Jakarta elite, had won 55.5% of the vote, securing a second term. His opponent Prabowo Subianto, an elite figure from a wealthy family connected to former dictator Suharto, also lost to Widodo in 2014. He has made four unsuccessful bids for the presidency since Suharto was ousted in 1998.

Fighting broke out last night when supporters of Subianto tried to force their way into the downtown offices of the election supervisory agency and have continued unabated since then. More than two dozen vehicles were burned as rioters took over neighborhoods in central Jakarta, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at police who responded with tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets. At least six people have died in the riots so far. The government has said features of social media including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp will be restricted on a temporary basis to prevent the spread of hoaxes and inflammatory content. Messaging systems will still work for text and voice messages but photos and videos will be blocked or slowed.

Subianto’s campaign plans to challenge the election in the Constitutional Court. They allege massive fraud in the world’s third-largest democracy but have provided no credible evidence.

India - election results

With the highest turnout ever (67.1%) in the world’s largest democracy it is now certain that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to retain his position, as his BJP party has won an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha, increasing his stronghold to 303 seats (272 required for a majority).

However, as in 2014, the BJP has failed to win any seats in Kerala with the left and centre-left coalition UPA leading, winning 19 of the 20 seats. The BJP also failed to win in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. South India remains Modi-free.

Modi’s campaign - focusing mostly on national security, Hindu nationalism and the shortcomings of the opposition parties -seems to have had a greater resonance with voters than the main opposition’s focus on issues of corruption against Modi in a deal to acquire aircraft for the Indian Air Force, as well as rising unemployment and distress in the agrarian sector.

You basically do my old job for free here :smiley: (used to be an editor at an international politics publication and had to write summaries of elections every day).

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imagine writing this as a journalist in tyool 2019

Egg Boy continues to be a top lad

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Peter Mutharika has won another term as president in Malawi, so nothings changing there any time soon.

the idlib airstrikes are intensifying. nobody seems to know when the ground offensive will happen tho.