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# Democracy

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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”.
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.
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.
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.
Voting has started in the world's biggest general election in India
It’s expected that the country’s 814 milion-strong electorate will shy away from the ruling Congress party.
Afghan voters brave Taliban threats in historic election
Afghanistan’s third presidential election brings an end to 13 years of rule by Karzai, who has held power since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.
Turkish authorities have (reluctantly) restored access to Twitter
So. Many. Notifications.
Column: Student politics is key to civic participation in later life
With the right support, we can raise a new generation of politically aware citizens eager to reinvigorate the electorate, writes Clive Byrne.
8 things that have been said and done on the Crimean crisis today
The process of integration has started and the international community isn’t happy as Russia sets itself up as a powerful entity once more.
North Korea had an election yesterday. Guess who won.
In the absence of any competing candidates, voters are simply required to mark “Yes” next to the name on the ballot sheet.
It's election day in North Korea and people have one option: 'Yes'.
In the absence of any competing candidates, voters are simply required to mark “Yes” next to the name on the ballot sheet.
Column: Economic rights are just as vital to a democracy as civil rights
We must rail against the insidious notion that moral norms are not rights at all but, rather, privileges bestowed upon us by our kindly masters, writes Dr Tom Hickey.
Youth unemployment ‘puts the wind beneath the wings of every extremist in Europe’
The Minister for Finance said that extremism is something that is a threat to every democracy in Europe.
Hundreds wounded as police and protesters clash in freezing temperatures in Ukraine
More than 200 people were wounded amid mounting fury over draconian new anti-protest laws.
Another Pussy Riot member has been freed in Russia after amnesty
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was today freed hours after Maria Alyokhina was released. The third band member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was freed months into her sentence.
Thailand set for elections as parliament is dissolved
Up to 100,000 protesters remain on the streets of Bangkok, calling for the complete ousting of the current government.
Column: Voting is too often seen as a "right" when it's actually a duty
Structures need to be put in place to get the most amount of people to vote, to ensure the structures of the country have the greatest legitimacy along with those who govern them.
'Extortion not part of our democracy' - Obama on default threat
Yes, it’s the debt ceiling issue again.
Let’s figure this out – what’s the real plural of referendum?
It often seems as if the debate on pluralising ‘referendum’ can be as divisive as the issues being voted upon. So who’s right?
Ireland to give €700,000 to war-torn Mali
The money will be used to help refugees and internally-displaced citizens of the west African country.
Column: The Mahon Report shows we need direct democracy to end abuses of power
The corruption identified in the Mahon Report would have been avoided under a system of direct democracy – which demands that the public have a real say in decisions that affect their lives, writes Raymond Whitehead.
Mugabe's party claims victory as observers question vote
Zimbabwe election observers have said that the country’s Presidential election was “seriously compromised”.
'Large turn-out' in Mali's first election since French intervention
The election is seen as vital for restoring constitutional order after a coup in March last year.
Column: Seanad abolition would widen the democratic deficit in Ireland and Europe
The Seanad shouldn’t be abolished but reformed; without it, we will have no institution capable of protecting us from the mistakes of unelected technocrats, writes Fiachra Ó Raghallaigh.
Putin opponent sentenced to five years in penal colony
Moscow mayoral candidate was Alexei Navalny earlier convicted of embezzlement in Russia’s northern Kirov region.
Muslim Brotherhood should not be treated as criminals – ElBaradei
Egypt’s interim premier has called for the inclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood in the democratisation process, adding that new elections would take place within a year.
President Higgins: Anglo Tapes “are not the voices of the people of Ireland”
Michael D reassures Irish people they will be recognised internationally for their spirit and hard work.
President: Racism will rise if Europe does not focus on citizens
President Michael D Higgins criticised the EU for listening to the concerns of financial institutions over citizens.
Chavez heir wins Venezuela vote - but opposition refuses to concede
Nicolas Maduro, who had been acting president since the death of Hugo Chavez, won 50.66 per cent of the vote last night.
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: RTE stars confused by Pope’s message of humility, and Office of Public Works ‘may never know’ the source of the Cork floods.
TDs question lack of debate on promissory notes
Deputies Micheál Martin and Peadar Tóibín both criticised the lack of facility for debate on the issue in the Dáil today.
Column: Secrecy has led to shameful practices in Ireland - whistle-blower law is needed now
If the economic downturn has taught us anything, it is the importance of exposing systemic wrong doing, writes Louise Bayliss.
Bhutto son launches political career
First major public speech made on fifth anniversary of Benazir Bhutto’s death.
Egypt awaits referendum results as opposition cries fraud
Opponents to the new constitution have said it will weaken human rights, particularly women’s rights and undermine the independence of the judiciary.
Obama tells Egypt he is 'deeply concerned' over protest deaths
The US president told Mohamed Morsi that he was worried about the deaths of protesters in Egypt in recent days.
Column: They promised an end to stroke politics – has it worked out that way?
Gary Murphy looks at Ireland’s history of ‘stroke politics’ and asks: should we simply accept that this is the way things will always work?
Poll: Should the voting age be lowered to 17?
The Constitutional Convention, kicking off today, is to consider lowering the minimum voting age. What would you do?
Egypt: Protests rage as Morsi promises democracy
Morsi opponents began a one-week sit-in in Tahrir Square and called for a mass protest on Tuesday.
Obama visits Aung San Suu Kyi at home, calls for more reform
Barack Obama has become the first sitting US President to visit the country.
New political party 'Direct Democracy Ireland' launched in Dublin
The new party aims for Ireland’s political system become direct democracy rather than a representative democracy.