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# Democracy

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# democratic transition
Sudan wants the international community to back its new military rulers
The plea came from its foreign ministry.
Opinion: The Venezuelan government must go - it has failed its people and become utterly corrupt
Venezuela, once among the richest countries in Latin-America, now needs food aid. Only free and fair elections can save the country, writes Eamon Stack.
Opinion: Ireland is wrong about Venezuela - US regime change never brings improvement
‘An impressive spin campaign has been waged to create an illusion that all ‘civilised nations’ support regime change in Venezuela – similar to the ‘grand alliance’ which invaded Iraq’, writes Eilis Ryan.
# Electoral Reform
The Government wants you to tell it how to make voting easier
The Government now intends to reform and modernise the electoral registration process.
Opinion: On either side of the Atlantic, a disregard for verifiable facts has increasingly become the norm
Simon Foy examines politics in the era of Donald Trump, taking in fake news, allegations about Jeremy Corbyn, and the behaviour of Boris Johnson.
# dictatorship fears
Activist shot dead as protesters storm government building in Paraguay
Offices were ransacked and 30 people were injured as a demonstration turned violent.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you confident the Citizens' Assembly will resolve the issue of abortion?
A recommendation will likely be made before the end of March.
Opinion: Allow emigrants and young people vote for real democracy
Extending voting rights to emigrants and young people aged 16 and 17 would strengthen, expand and enrich our democratic system, writes James Doorley.
# Germany
Angela Merkel has decided to run for a fourth term to 'defend democratic values'
Although she knows re-election will not be a “cakewalk”.
'Hullabaloo over EU's best trade deal in history makes no sense', says Irish MEP
A French-speaking region of Belgium called Wallonia has voted against the trade agreement CETA – and because of this, the deal will most likely not go ahead.
# Explainer
Why is there a coup happening in Turkey?
Why is this happening? takes a look at the background.
# military takeover
Turkey coup: Military says it has taken over - but thousands take to the street to protest
The military said it has “completely taken over the administration of the country” but President Erdogan has urged people to take to the streets.
The Debate Room: Should Britain leave the EU? An Irish perspective
As the referendum on Brexit approaches, we ask two people living in England for their views
# rock the vote
Here's the great guide to voting in an Irish election
Everything you ever wanted to know about voting, but were too afraid to ask…
# hamocracy
A cute kid just made the perfect election request to a Dublin candidate
‘Just wanted to see if I could get a hamster’.
This referendum will be remembered as a victory for equality, democracy and love
This historic vote has served as a catalyst for profound social change by prompting us to think beyond our narrow self-interests and helping us to overcome some of our deepest fears.
Column: So, you've made it into government? Here's how to avoid a democratic revolution
Congratulations, you’ve been elected! Luckily you can avoid living up to any promises you’ve made – just follow this guide.
# People Power
Vincent Browne set to take 'democracy television' on the road
‘The People’s Debate with Vincent Browne’ will be visiting north county Dublin, Galway, Wicklow and Clare next year.
# Your Say
Poll: Should we lower the voting age in Ireland?
The Taoiseach has said there will be a referendum on it next year – do you think it’s a good idea?
Opinion: Is it any wonder protests turn nasty when they make fools out of those who believe?
Like many, events of last week and last weekend have shaken my certainty in Irish democracy. The wicked go unpunished and the good go unrewarded.
Opinion: Irish Water protests show exactly why we need direct democracy
This week the Government will respond to a recommendation to hold a referendum about placing a citizens’ initiative provision in the Constitution.
# Umbrella Revolution
Protesters in Hong Kong have retaken their protest camp
Protesters are angry at what they see as China’s interference with Hong Kong’s independence.
# dark alley
Video of Hong Kong police beating handcuffed protester hikes tensions
Police have begun raiding protest sites and tearing down barricades
# occupy central
IN PICTURES: Hong Kong protesters battle police to build bamboo barricades
# Your Say
Poll: Should we scrap 'Budget day'?
We’d still have to pay tax if it existed or not.
# Pro-democracy
Protests dwindle as Hong Kong goes back to work
Schools have reopened and civil servants have returned to work today.
# Democracy
Thousands gather for defiant peace rally in Hong Kong
The city’s chief secretary has again urged them to leave.
Opinion: The peaceful anarchy of Hong Kong's student protesters is infectious
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests gained a momentum of their own after the catastrophic miscalculation to fire tear gas at peaceful demonstrators.
# Democracy
Dublin set for Hong Kong pro-democracy protest this evening
The protest will take place at 17.30 today outside the GPO on O’Connell Street.
# Democracy
Hong Kong Occupy leader says protests will spread 'like flowers'
Pro-democracy leaders pleaded with residents to understand why the city has been brought to a standstill.
# Elections
You could soon be able to vote while on your holidays
There’s nothing like missing a good vote to make you homesick.
# Umbrella Revolution
Hong Kong protesters batten down ahead of Chinese national holiday
China has condemned the protests as “illegal” but Hong Kong’s leadership has denied speculation that Beijing would send in the army.
# occupy central
Pro-democracy protesters tear-gassed in Hong Kong
Large parts of the city were shut down by the demonstrations.
Opinion: Yes, Scotland has stayed in the UK – but the old union is dead
Despite the defeat for independence, Scotland and the UK will never be the same again – and Ireland’s relationship with its neighbours will change too.
Opinion: 'These human rights abuses have a very real and clear link to Ireland'
Ireland has the potential to make a difference in two situations that have been raising concerns for human rights groups.
Opinion: Voter turnout isn’t a problem, so let’s stop all the hand-wringing
Do we really need to solve the ‘problem’ of low turnout?
# van rompuy who
This MEP candidate doesn't care who Van Rompuy is because no one voted for him
Raymond Whitehead wants to spread the message that there is a democratic way of running countries – “not the dictatorship we have now”.
# Vote
African National Congress look set to dominate elections in South Africa
The party has 56 percent of the vote, down signficantly from the 66 percent it won at the last election.
# Vote
Polls open in South Africa's first elections with a 'born free' generation
The run up to the vote had been marked by nostalgic rhetoric and voter fury.
# Fight for Democracy
Chinese asked to fight for democracy as they remember Tiananmen Square
A new museum dedicated to the events of June 1989 will open in Hong Kong this week.