Thursday, 9 June 2016

Some other elections

Congratulations to Hillary Clinton on becoming de facto, if not absolutely formally, the first woman to be nominated by a major party as a candidate for the US presidency. (NB - and this is something several BBC news programmes got wrong and Clinton did not - not the first woman to run for president, as this page of women's history shows.)

There were some other real elections taking place.

In Peru, there is a real nail-biter which may or may not be decided today, depending on whether all the expatriate ballots have been received and counted. There is little to choose between the two candidates politically, but it will be significant if, as seems likely, Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the previous president jailed for corruption, is defeated by a 77-year-old economist who made his money as an investment banker in the USA. Kucynski

More significantly for the EU and the perception of newer member nations from the former communist bloc are the recent local elections in Romania. The dominant issue was graft, to the benefit of the Social Democratic Party and to the National Liberals.

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