A Laosy election
April 28, 2011 § 6 Comments
I have a new job and so I have been blogging less. I’m not going to stop completely though – in fact counter-intuitively I am going to have more time once I actually start – it’s just this getting to grips stage which is difficult blog wise.
Anyhoo, so we’ve had some interesting elections, which others have written about extensively. Then next Monday we have Canada which Gael from World Elections is the acknowledged expert on. He has written about it here. Then on the fourth there’s Madagascar and on the eighth Chad. If you look at blog posts passim you’ll see that whilst Chadian politics is very interesting this election will be a formality, whereas Madagascar is juicier what with the constitutional challenges, attempted coups and the like. Even so expect no change. Think Africa has a good Madagascar article.
On the 7th Ecuador will have a referendum on judicial independence which will be interesting in terms of how it effects Correa’s relationship with his critics (see Ecuador profile) but not really in of itself.
So the only election I’m going to cover is Saturday’s in Laos. And I’m afraid I’m going to be pretty cursory here too. Laos is a one party state. Only Lao People’s Revolutionary Party candidates, and one or two approved non partisans, can stand. So that’s it really. Sorry.