In two weeks, on 30th October, Moldovans will head to the polls and elect their president through a direct vote for the first time in 16 years. The decision to change the previous system of supermajority, of sixty-one out of 101 members of Parliament to select a President, to direct elections, came last March with a declaration of the Constitutional Court ending months of street protests and nearly two years of political turmoil that crippled the country’s governance. The main candidates include some of the usual suspects, such as Igor Dodon (Socialist Party), Vladimir Plahotniuc (Democratic Party), and Mihai Ghimpu (Liberal Party)...Read More
On Saturday, the 8th October 2016, parliamentary elections were held in Georgia. The ruling party Georgian Dream has cemented its grip on the former Soviet state. The party is supported by former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and received 48.6% of the vote in the proportional representation race. The opposing party, United National Movement (UNM), supported by ex-president Mikhail Saakashvili, received 27.14%. Consequently the Georgian Dream – a party that is on the one side pro-western, but on the other side favours closer ties with Russia – can form a government without any coalition partners.
Various violent clashes marred the race, however the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe clarified the elections as competitive and stated that fundamental freedoms had bee...Read More
At least 16% increase of electricity prices – these news, announced on June 17, caused a wave of street protests in Armenia’s capital Yerevan. Armenia’s electricity network is owned by a Russian company, which says the rise is necessary because the value of the national currency has fallen.
Thousands of young people have been marching to the presidential palace and staging all-night sit-ins around the main square of Yerevan. After the police has fired water cannons to disperse peaceful demonstrators and has detained more than 230 people, even more raised their voice not just against the electricity prices, but also against the rough way protesters were treated. According to different reports, police also has beaten up journalists and destroyed or confiscated their equipment...Read More