Tag Archives: elections

Polish Politics in 2015: All the Power to the Right

On 25th October 2015, exactly ten years and one month after its first electoral victory, Law and Justice (PiS), Poland’s main opposition party, not only regained power but its electoral committee, composed also of three other minor parties (i.e. United Poland, Poland Together, and the Right-wing of the Republic), obtained an absolute majority of ...

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Catalonia’s quest for independence: Plain dead or alive and kicking?

The outcome of the recent regional election in Catalonia (which was held on September 27th) has been read very differently by the pro-independence and the pro-union camps. The former have emphasized that pro-independence parties won, for the first time in Catalan history, a clear majority of seats in the Catalan ...

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Who stuffs Turkey? Statistical anomalies and jinns in Turkish elections

The 2015 Turkish Parliamentary elections went, perhaps much to our surprise, relatively smoothly. The previously governing AK Parti (AKP) was denied for the first time in its history an absolute majority. The AKP received 41% of the votes (they achieved 49% in the previous parliamentary elections and 52% in the last presidential election). This won the AKP 258 of 550 available seats, 18 short of a majority.

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