Sri Lanka – Alliance Still Vulnerable to Disunity

The national unity government made up of the faction of the SLFP loyal to President Maithripala Sirisena and the UNFGG, a coalition headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s UNP, is holding together as it nears the two-year mark, despite economic difficulties that forced Sri Lanka to seek Read Entire Entry

Japan Flash Forecast – Abe Opts for Snap Election as Regional Tensions Escalate

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced plans to dissolve the Parliament and hold a general election in the second half of October, more than a year before the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) government is required to seek a renewal of its mandate.  Corruption scandals implicating the prime Read Entire Entry

Papua New Guinea – Tainted O’Neill Returned as PM

Voting took place over a two-week period in late June and early July to fill the 111 seats in the unicameral National Assembly, and the process was marred by widespread incidents of fraud, intimidation, and even arson, all of which contributed to doubts about the legitimacy of the outcome. Despite Read Entire Entry

Finland – Coalition Weathering Shakeup

The governing partnership of the centrist KESK, the conservative KOK, and the populist-nationalist PS encountered a rough patch in June, when the PS elected Jussi Halla-aho, an extremist on issues related to immigration and asylum, to replace Timo Soini as party leader. Prime Minister Juha Sipila Read Entire Entry