Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who served as Brazil’s President 2003-11, has been found guilty on corruption and money-laundering charges with a sentence of nine years and six months in jail. With Lula in the pipeline for an extraordinary return to politics and the overwhelming favourite to win the 2018 Presidential election according to opinion polls, his lawyers and many of his supporters have categorised his conviction as a judicial coup to veto his return.
Centrist europhile Emmanuel Macron (24%, En Marche!) and staunch eurosceptic Marine Le Pen (21.3%, National Front) have beaten off all the establishment candidates. This has created an extraordinary match-up between two extremely different candidates. This election will prove tremendously significant in determining the direction France will take over the next five years and beyond, with wide repercussions for Europe.
Voting has been a hard fought – and often overlooked – privilege in this country. The sacrifice of those who fought in the British Civil War in the 17th century, opposed corrupt candidates in rotten boroughs in the 18th century, challenged for greater democratic inclusion in the 19th century or secured equality for women in the 20th century should not be forgotten, and it should encourage you to use your vote.
Mid-morning on 18th of April, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she was seeking a snap general election on the 8th of June. But snap elections are nothing new to Britain, as the nation has hosted more than 7 in the last 90 years alone.
In 1789 years of societal tension was unleashed in a bloody revolution. The French Revolution, which historians regard as a period spanning until the late 19th century, not only transformed France, but it reshaped the world.
The document inspired the foundation of a nation that is heralded as one of the most progressive in the world, which quickly rose to the status of “superpower”. The influence of the Magna Carta is unavoidable, as it continues to act as the bedrock of democracy in 2017. Read more.
On Thursday the electorate of Northern Ireland voted in the 6th election for the Northern Ireland Assembly, a product of the devolution agreements brought about in 1998 by Labour’s Northern Ireland Act.