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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Democracy Update: Wednesday 29th March 2006

Here's a few links to Democracy news around the world at 15:21 GMT

  • The Trans-Dniester crisis is about to hit Moldova hard. The small impoversished nation gets most of its revenue from wine exports to Russia, but a growing rift between Moscow and 'Orange Countries' (Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine) was always likely to end in these petty games. How long can Moldova hold out? This is why diversification is key in economics.

  • As predicted Kadima has won the Israeli elections. Most suprising was the strong performance by a Pensioners party, Gil. The biggest positive out of this election is that extreme wings of politics, such as that bred by Netanyahu are being forced out. I couldn't help but wonder that if Fatah had won the Palestinian elections, we'd be calling today the greatest ever chance for peace in the Middle-East. Still we shall wait and see what happens in the current climate.

Thats all for today guys, enjoy your evening!

Matt Jay


  • At 4:51 pm, Anonymous Matthew Shugart said…

    The biggest gainer of the established parties was Avigdor Lieberman's party. If that is not extreme, I don't know what is!

    Shas, also extreme in its core demands, was the other big winner.

    Both of these parties appear to have finished ahead of Likud, while the centrist Kadaima did about 12 seats worse than was expected only a couple of weeks ago.

  • At 10:15 pm, Blogger MattyJ said…

    The general point I was trying to make was that two moderate parties have gained the largest amount of seats.

    Likud's days are numbered, but yes I achknowledge ultra-orthodox parties have faired well. What is important is that a majority of Israeli's didn't turn to these extremists in the hope of resolving the Palestinian problem. That shows some maturity from Israeli voters.


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