From Europe to Latin America, voters elected new leaders and governments during the last few months. Here is a roundup of the newly-elected with reactions from bloggers on the ground.
|Montenegro||A coalition led by Montenegro’s prime minister made gains in parliamentary elections on March 29. The ruling coalition is likely to push for European Union membership talks.||A blogger at “Blogactiv” describes the role of the EU in the country’s elections.|
|Macedonia||Macedonia’s presidential election is headed for a runoff on April 5 after peaceful elections on March 22 failed to determine a winner.||Ahead of the vote, the “Fistful of Euros” blog called ethnic Albanian candidate Imer Selmani “Macedonia’s Obama.”|
|Slovakia||Slovakia is also headed to a runoff in April after its March 21 presidential election.||The “Fistful of Euros” blog also provides a summary of the election in Slovakia.|
|Azerbaijan||Voters in Azerbaijan approved a controversial referendum to ban presidential term limits on March 18.||An American journalist in Azerbaijan writes about what the referendum will mean for the country’s future.|
|El Salvador||El Salvador veered left in its presidential election on March 15, meaning Mauricio Funes of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) will join a growing number of leftist Latin American leaders.||Read our roundup of blogger reactions.|
|Russia||Local elections made headlines in Russia, where an independent candidate caused an upset, replacing incumbent Mayor Mikhail Savchenko of the pro-Kremlin United Russia.||“The Power Vertical” blog explores the implications of the vote for a unified Russia.|
|Venezuela||In mid-February, Venezuela voted to end term limits, allowing President Hugo Chávez to run for re-election.||Read our roundup of blogger reactions.|
|Israel||Since Israel’s hotly-contested parliamentary elections in early February, hardliner Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, head of the much more liberal Labor Party, have joined together to form a coalition government.||Read our roundup of blogger reactions following the vote.|
|Bolivia||Bolivians approved a new constitution in late January, seen as a victory for President Evo Morales.||Read our roundup of blogger reactions.|
|Moldova||Moldova is scheduled to hold its parliamentary elections on April 5 and the Community Party is considered likely to retain and may even increase its majority in the 101-member parliament.||Blogger and Peace Corps volunteer “Dezvoltareerena” hopes the elections “will help bring Moldova into a new era of development.”|
|Indonesia||On April 9, Indonesia — Southeast Asia’s biggest democracy — is slated to hold parliamentary elections to determine which parties can field candidates for the presidential elections in July.||Read what a Worldfocus contributing blogger had to say about how the election season is shaping up in one Indonesian town.|
|India||India, the world’s largest democracy, begins its multi-stage parliamentary elections on April 16, with the fifth and final stage on May 13.||“Rashmi” blogs that in the run up to the elections the media coverage was focused on “juvenile” topics.|
|South Africa||On April 22, South Africa is scheduled to hold its third general election after becoming a democracy and the first since a schism in the ruling African National Congress (ANC).||Blogger Becca Cohen attended an election debate and blogged about corruption being a major theme.|
|Ecuador||Ecuador is scheduled to hold presidential elections on April 26, after ratifying a new constitution this past September. Current President Correa enjoys a 60 percent approval rate.||Blogger “Linea” notes that all the houses around him have signs supporting one candidate or another, suggesting that people have already made up their minds.|
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