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The 2024 global elections—the greatest test of democracy

The 2024 global elections—the greatest test of democracy

At least 64 nations (including the EU) are scheduled to hold national elections, drawing a total of more than 49% of the world's population. The outcomes of these elections will have far-reaching consequences for many, and more people than ever before are expected to cast their ballots.

Including the world's most powerful nations: India, the US, Britain, Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, Indonesia, and South Africa.

India, the world's biggest democracy, will elect its new government, as will. The election outcomes of these nations will likely shape the future.

In the spring of 2014, Narendra Modi, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), took office as India's 14th prime minister. After ten years, it seems likely that he will secure a third consecutive term in office in what is set to be the biggest democratic event in history: 900 million voters will have the opportunity to select their next government.

President Joe Biden clearly divides the world into groups that are at odds with each other: democratic and authoritarian. He says this is the most important battle of our time. Many people around the world, starting with Putin and Xi, may think that democracy has failed if he fails to beat his likely Republican opponent, Donald Trump. Trump swears that he will not act like a ruler if elected, but it's clear that he can't wait to do so.

Regardless of whether or not Donald Trump is elected president, the voting and campaigning that will take place in the days leading up to November 5 have the potential to tear the fabric of democracy in the United States apart. And if he is elected, it has the potential to have repercussions that are felt throughout significant portions of the globe.

If Trump were to withdraw from NATO, what would the organization's structure be like? Consider the solace that would be provided to those who would completely dissolve the partnership.

As the European Parliament conducts its first election following Britain's exit from the European Union, the month of June will be a crucial period for the future of Europe. Many people anticipate that this election will cause a great deal of chaos.

The groundwork for a potentially enormous right-wing swing has been in the works for years, and it is quite likely that it will continue to grow into the year 2023. It is also possible that the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), which falls on the right side of the political spectrum, would become the third-largest party in the next European Parliament.

Such a group of resolute right-wingers and Euroskeptics has the potential to not only stymie a variety of moderate EU initiatives but also to stymie right-wing swings on the home front in key nations such as Germany and France.

However, Bangladesh will hold national parliament elections on January 7 to start the 2024 election cycle. Sheikh Hasina, the longest-serving female prime minister, is seeking a fourth term. Sheikh Hasina does not envisage huge competition since most major political parties are boycotting the polls and requesting a caretaker government for fair elections.

East Pakistan was forced to become a separate Bangladesh due to Pakistan's cultural-linguistic discrimination and military aggression; the National Assembly election is to be held there on February 8 this year. Pakistan is a victim of political instability after the popular cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was ousted from the post of Prime Minister.

While state assembly elections are underway, Imran is in jail, and his nomination papers have been rejected from both seats for breaching state secrets and selling prime ministerial gifts. Shehbaz Sharif took over after Imran, but his brother Nawaz Sharif returned after four years in exile to play another round while the caretaker government conducts elections. Imran's Tehreek-e-Insaf, Nawaz Sharif's PML-N, and Zardari's PPP compete. Allah and America don't know Pakistan Army stares at Sharif.

Talks of economic recession and debt traps are heard in many countries, but the whole world saw the economic crisis in Sri Lanka two years ago. At that time, people who were afraid of the government not only took to the streets but also entered the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the official residence of the president of India). President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had to resign.

Watching all-but-certain elections is worthwhile. Although Vladimir Putin is running for re-election, the March presidential election results, if they are revealed, may indicate the strongman's popularity and if the Russian populace continues to support his apparently continuous war. While Ukraine is under martial law, incumbent leader Volodymyr Zelensky has declared he wants another term, and his ratings are strong, but it's uncertain whether a 2024 presidential poll will take place.

The next president of Taiwan, for instance, will significantly influence Beijing's stance toward the self-governing island that it has flagrantly threatened to invade on many occasions.

Political governance in South Africa has been under the African National Congress (ANC) since 1994, when apartheid was abolished and Nelson Mandela assumed the historic role of the nation's first black president.

Corruption scandals involving government officials have unfortunately become all too common. Additionally, President Ramaphosa’ s decision to pardon his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, who refused to testify about corruption and state capture during his time in office, has raised concerns.

Outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's Morena party may select former Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum as Mexico's first female president. Yes, Taiwan will have elections in January, which is of global importance owing to China's tensions.

In the end, On top of that, there are all of the dictators and would-be dictators whom Trump has expressed his affection for. Trump used Putin as a source when he referred to Vice President Joe Biden as a "threat to democracy" when travelling through New Hampshire on his campaign path. On the same occasion, he expressed his admiration for Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, as well as Viktor Orban, the extreme nationalist Prime Minister of Hungary.

In the event that Donald Trump were to become president, how may these verbal statements be put into practice? Javier Milei, the bombastic new radical-right president of Argentina, has proposed that the peso be replaced with the United States dollar while simultaneously taking a chainsaw to bureaucracy and budgets. After all, he has already committed to paying a visit to Milei by promising to do so.

The globe will be in a different place a year from now because of the billions of voters who will visit or avoid voting booths with differing degrees of freedom and transparency, as well as the leaders who will show the degree to which they respect the decisions that their people have made.

We can only hope that they will give due consideration and vote wisely.

Indeed! If Prime Minister Trudeau calls an election in Canada, who knows? But every Canadian knows who will win!

Surjit Singh Flora is a veteran journalist and freelance writer based in Brampton Canada

 

 

The 2024 global elections—the greatest test of democracy

The 2024 global elections—the greatest test of democracy

At least 64 nations (including the EU) are scheduled to hold national elections, drawing a total of more than 49% of the world's population. The outcomes of these elections will have far-reaching consequences for many, and more people than ever before are expected to cast their ballots.

Including the world's most powerful nations: India, the US, Britain, Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, Indonesia, and South Africa.

India, the world's biggest democracy, will elect its new government, as will. The election outcomes of these nations will likely shape the future.

In the spring of 2014, Narendra Modi, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), took office as India's 14th prime minister. After ten years, it seems likely that he will secure a third consecutive term in office in what is set to be the biggest democratic event in history: 900 million voters will have the opportunity to select their next government.

President Joe Biden clearly divides the world into groups that are at odds with each other: democratic and authoritarian. He says this is the most important battle of our time. Many people around the world, starting with Putin and Xi, may think that democracy has failed if he fails to beat his likely Republican opponent, Donald Trump. Trump swears that he will not act like a ruler if elected, but it's clear that he can't wait to do so.

Regardless of whether or not Donald Trump is elected president, the voting and campaigning that will take place in the days leading up to November 5 have the potential to tear the fabric of democracy in the United States apart. And if he is elected, it has the potential to have repercussions that are felt throughout significant portions of the globe.

If Trump were to withdraw from NATO, what would the organization's structure be like? Consider the solace that would be provided to those who would completely dissolve the partnership.

As the European Parliament conducts its first election following Britain's exit from the European Union, the month of June will be a crucial period for the future of Europe. Many people anticipate that this election will cause a great deal of chaos.

The groundwork for a potentially enormous right-wing swing has been in the works for years, and it is quite likely that it will continue to grow into the year 2023. It is also possible that the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), which falls on the right side of the political spectrum, would become the third-largest party in the next European Parliament.

Such a group of resolute right-wingers and Euroskeptics has the potential to not only stymie a variety of moderate EU initiatives but also to stymie right-wing swings on the home front in key nations such as Germany and France.

However, Bangladesh will hold national parliament elections on January 7 to start the 2024 election cycle. Sheikh Hasina, the longest-serving female prime minister, is seeking a fourth term. Sheikh Hasina does not envisage huge competition since most major political parties are boycotting the polls and requesting a caretaker government for fair elections.

East Pakistan was forced to become a separate Bangladesh due to Pakistan's cultural-linguistic discrimination and military aggression; the National Assembly election is to be held there on February 8 this year. Pakistan is a victim of political instability after the popular cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was ousted from the post of Prime Minister.

While state assembly elections are underway, Imran is in jail, and his nomination papers have been rejected from both seats for breaching state secrets and selling prime ministerial gifts. Shehbaz Sharif took over after Imran, but his brother Nawaz Sharif returned after four years in exile to play another round while the caretaker government conducts elections. Imran's Tehreek-e-Insaf, Nawaz Sharif's PML-N, and Zardari's PPP compete. Allah and America don't know Pakistan Army stares at Sharif.

Talks of economic recession and debt traps are heard in many countries, but the whole world saw the economic crisis in Sri Lanka two years ago. At that time, people who were afraid of the government not only took to the streets but also entered the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the official residence of the president of India). President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had to resign.

Watching all-but-certain elections is worthwhile. Although Vladimir Putin is running for re-election, the March presidential election results, if they are revealed, may indicate the strongman's popularity and if the Russian populace continues to support his apparently continuous war. While Ukraine is under martial law, incumbent leader Volodymyr Zelensky has declared he wants another term, and his ratings are strong, but it's uncertain whether a 2024 presidential poll will take place.

The next president of Taiwan, for instance, will significantly influence Beijing's stance toward the self-governing island that it has flagrantly threatened to invade on many occasions.

Political governance in South Africa has been under the African National Congress (ANC) since 1994, when apartheid was abolished and Nelson Mandela assumed the historic role of the nation's first black president.

Corruption scandals involving government officials have unfortunately become all too common. Additionally, President Ramaphosa’ s decision to pardon his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, who refused to testify about corruption and state capture during his time in office, has raised concerns.

Outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's Morena party may select former Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum as Mexico's first female president. Yes, Taiwan will have elections in January, which is of global importance owing to China's tensions.

In the end, On top of that, there are all of the dictators and would-be dictators whom Trump has expressed his affection for. Trump used Putin as a source when he referred to Vice President Joe Biden as a "threat to democracy" when travelling through New Hampshire on his campaign path. On the same occasion, he expressed his admiration for Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, as well as Viktor Orban, the extreme nationalist Prime Minister of Hungary.

In the event that Donald Trump were to become president, how may these verbal statements be put into practice? Javier Milei, the bombastic new radical-right president of Argentina, has proposed that the peso be replaced with the United States dollar while simultaneously taking a chainsaw to bureaucracy and budgets. After all, he has already committed to paying a visit to Milei by promising to do so.

The globe will be in a different place a year from now because of the billions of voters who will visit or avoid voting booths with differing degrees of freedom and transparency, as well as the leaders who will show the degree to which they respect the decisions that their people have made.

We can only hope that they will give due consideration and vote wisely.

Indeed! If Prime Minister Trudeau calls an election in Canada, who knows? But every Canadian knows who will win!

Surjit Singh Flora is a veteran journalist and freelance writer based in Brampton Canada

 

 

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