Stories: Elections

  • Women in East Timor Push for Political Power

    Timor-Leste will hold elections on Oct. 29 to determine the country’s next local leaders. And for the first time since this tiny Southeast Asian nation gained independence in 2002, women occupy prominent spots on village ballots. “The times are different now,” says Celestra Fatima, a village chief candidate in her district, Aileu. “After independence, as women, we...

  • Young South Africans: ‘They’re Showcasing Your Poverty’

    In the early morning chill, 19-year-old Naledi made her way past the election posters plastered along the streets of downtown Johannesburg to the foot of the Nelson Mandela Bridge. The night before, a crowd of South Africa's business elite had bedded down in sleeping bags and boxes, as soft jazz played from speakers and volunteers distributed hot...

  • Venezuela Elections 2015: Why Venezuelans Are Fleeing the Country

    Tendrils of smoke filled the air as Sarahay Toti flipped a spatula full of sizzling pork on the grill. It was a rainy Friday night, and there were few customers at the tiny shop where she made and sold arepas, a dish from Toti’s native Venezuela made of cornmeal patties filled with meat and cheese. But she was...

  • Ecuador: Can President Correa’s Popularity Keep Him in Office Indefinitely?

    A meme circulating on social media features a portrait of Ecuador’s controversial president, Rafael Correa, winking at the camera. The image is split down the middle, with one half reading "before" and the other "after." In the before section, he’s quoted in November 2007, soon after he was first elected, saying, “indefinite...

  • For Pakistan’s Ahmadis, a Depressing Tale of Two Gatherings

    A fortnight ago, tens of thousands of members of the Ahmadi Muslim community gathered in the historic English market town of Alton. They were there for an annual conference. This year, the community was also marking the centenary of its presence in Britain. As far back as 1926, the Ahmadis established London’s first mosque. In countries as diverse...

  • Women, War and Peace

    Five years ago, during the 2008 elections, Zimbabwean women were punished for claiming their right to have a say in the future of their country. Their move towards fair involvement in the political process as activists, advocates, interested citizens and voters were opposed by perpetrators' use of rape and other forms of extreme violence including beating, torture and murder....

  • Nawaz Sharif’s Return to Power Brings Pakistan’s Challenges in Focus

    *This story was updated May 13, 2013 In 1999, Nawaz Sharif was overthrown in a military coup. His vanquisher, General Pervez Musharraf, was broadly welcomed in Pakistan, and later, by the international community. Sharif was first thrown in jail, and later dispatched into exile for seven years. In his absence, some claimed that Sharif’s party — and his political...

  • Pakistan’s Election Season: When Courting Voters Means Courting Death

    In a normal election, Faisal Sabzwari would be busy on the campaign trail, giving speeches at large rallies, glad-handing voters in his constituency and cruising through neighborhoods in a cavalcade of cars festooned with his party’s flags. But with polling day just three weeks away on May 11, the parliamentary candidate from the Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is...