Gulf Times - democracy
Kenyatta wins with 98% in poll boycotted by Kenya opposition

Kenyatta wins with 98% in poll boycotted by Kenya opposition

Despite his crushing win, the turnout of just 38.8% among 19.6 million registered voters is set to raise questions about the credibility of an election that has plunged East Africa's most stable democracy into its worst crisis in a decade.

Hong Kong democracy rally marks China national day

Hong Kong democracy rally marks China national day

Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday to mark China's national day with a pro-democracy rally and voice growing fears that the city's liberties are under threat from Beijing.

Deep divisions over plan to change Kenya's election law

Deep divisions over plan to change Kenya's election law

Kenya's opposition on Thursday called for demonstrations against the government after the ruling party moved to change the electoral law ahead of next month's re-run presidential poll.

Kenya media hail 'bombshell' court ruling to annul vote

Kenya media hail 'bombshell' court ruling to annul vote

Kenya's press on Saturday praised the Supreme Court decision to annul last month's presidential poll as a hard-fought victory for the rule of law, and sign of a maturing democracy.

Jailed Hong Kong activist Wong back in court

Jailed Hong Kong activist Wong back in court

With hair newly shaven in accordance with Hong Kong prison rules, jailed pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was in court again Tuesday on more protest-related charges.

Nepal calls general election, latest step on rocky path to stability

Nepal calls general election, latest step on rocky path to stability

Nepal will hold a general election on Nov. 26, the government said on Monday, hoping to conclude a turbulent journey to democracy a decade after a civil war and the abolition of its 239-year-old monarchy.

Three Hong Kong democracy leaders jailed for months

Three Hong Kong democracy leaders jailed for months

An appeals court jailed three leaders of Hong Kong's democracy movement for six to eight months on Thursday, dealing a blow to the Chinese-ruled city's youth-led push for universal suffrage.

Chinese doctors scramble to 'rescue' ailing Nobel laureate

Chinese doctors scramble to 'rescue' ailing Nobel laureate

A Chinese hospital said on Tuesday it was still scrambling to save terminally-ill Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, fuelling fears that he could die without getting the freedom urged by foreign governments.

Albanians vote in test for democracy, EU membership

Albanians vote in test for democracy, EU membership

Albanians were voting in a parliamentary election on Sunday with the ruling Socialists and rival Democrats seeking a majority to push through judicial reforms vital for membership of the European Union.

Nepal votes in first local election in 20 years

Nepal votes in first local election in 20 years

Voting began Sunday in Nepal's first local elections for two decades, a landmark moment in the country's fraught transition to democracy.

Pakistan's army assures its commitment to democracy

Pakistan's army assures its commitment to democracy

Pakistan's military on Wednesday sought to calm worries of a rift with the civilian government, emphasising its commitment to democracy in a country where the army has often seized power.

Police arrest nine more democracy activists in Hong Kong

Police arrest nine more democracy activists in Hong Kong

Nine democracy protesters were arrested in Hong Kong Thursday over an anti-Beijing rally in the latest swoop by police as activists say they are being persecuted.