Nepal constitutional reform an uphill battle

25 September 2015

Nepal is once again trying to change the nature of its political system. After the end of a 10-year Maoist insurgency in 2006, it is drafting a new constitution. Due to numerous unfortunate political undercurrents, numerous interruptions meant the constitutional-building process was delayed for more than seven years. Finally, on 20 September 2015 Nepal has formally adopted a new constitution, the first to be drawn up by democratically elected representatives after centuries of autocratic rule.

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The 2015 Election Year in Sri Lanka: A clear statement for democracy

26 August 2015

Photo credit: Sri Lanka Guardian

On Monday, August 17, Sri Lanka’s 15 million strong electorate went to the national polls for the second time this year.[1] Among analysts, there is no doubt that this was not only a ‘popular vote’, which decided over the new composition of the country’s 225-seat-parliament, it was also a referendum regarding the basic nature of Sri Lanka’s political culture. [2] Continue reading “The 2015 Election Year in Sri Lanka: A clear statement for democracy”

Parliamentary Elections in Sri Lanka: Entrenching Democratic Change

29 August 2015; by Siegfried O.  Wolf

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Rather a Referendum than a Vote

On Monday, August 17, Sri Lanka’s 15 million strong electorate went to the national polls for the second time this year. Among analysts, there is no doubt that this was not only a ‘popular vote’, which decided over the new composition of the country’s 225-seat-parliament, it was also a referendum regarding the basic nature of Sri Lanka’s political culture. Continue reading “Parliamentary Elections in Sri Lanka: Entrenching Democratic Change”