Posts Tagged ‘election’

Democratic Double Standards: The Election of Hamas and the Aftermath

March 16, 2011 |  by  |  Politics and Society  |  49 Comments  |  Share

In January of 2006, Palestinians took to the voting booths and made their displeasure with Fatah, the former majority party in the Palestinian Authority, known. It was not a mandate from the heavens, but due to the electoral system set up in the Palestinian Territories with around 46% of the popular vote, Hamas won over half of the seats in parliament [1, 2]. This wasn’t due to vote rigging, nor was it due to threats from radical Islamic militants at the polls. A wide array of international organizations determined that the elections had been free and fair.

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The Golden Boy

February 1, 2010 |  by  |  Politics and Society  |  204 Comments  |  Share

Sebastian Pinera is celebrating. After months of campaigning, and participating in a grueling run-off election, the Chilean billionaire has been elected to the highest office of his land. For the first time in fifty years, the Chilean ruling party has become conservative. Left wing parties have won Chilean elections since the end of the rule of American backed dictator, General Augusto Pinochet [1]. The campaign was vicious, with Mr. Pinera’s opponents comparing him to Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi, as well as dramatically stating that the billionaire would bring about the type of destruction to civil liberties as did the authoritarian regime of Augusto Pinochet [2]. For the first time in fifty years, the Chilean ruling party has become conservative. Left wing parties have won Chilean elections since the end of the rule of American backed dictator, General Augusto Pinochet [1].

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