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Thu 5 Nov 2015 On 9 October 2013 presidential elections took place in Azerbaijan, featuring another landslide victory for the incumbent president Ilham Aliyev. The pre-election months were judged by many international observers as a period in which intimidations and restrictions on fundamental freedoms were put on opposition activists. They regretted the lack of political competition, the insufficient access... Read full update


Tue 3 Nov 2015 On 17 February 2008 the Republic of Kosovo unilaterally called out its independence. The formerly autonomous province of Serbia consists of around 92% ethnic Albanians and has several minorities, mainly Serbs. Kosovo’s independence has been recognized by roughly half of UN members, Serbia opposes Kosovo’s independence. Five EU member states do not recognize its independence, thus hampering... Read full update


Mon 2 Nov 2015 On 12 June 2011 general elections were held to elect 550 new members in the Grand National Assembly in Turkey. The ruling AKP won with nearly 50 per cent of the votes, but fell short of the target of 330 seats in parliament. After winning a third consecutive term, AK Party leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pledged to build a new constitution for the country by consensus. In August 2014, the first... Read full update

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