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French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal announces resignation after election defeat

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal announces resignation after election defeat

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal announced his resignation from the government of President Emmanuel Macron on Monday (8 July), following his heavy defeat in the second and decisive round of the French parliamentary elections. The Nouveau Front Populaire, a left-wing alliance, appears to have won the parliamentary elections against all odds.

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Commentary: Georgia's new political journey

Commentary: Georgia's new political journey

The period of democratic transition is over, and a new phase, where the emphasis must be on state and democratic consolidation, has opened. The October 2016 Parliamentary elections in Georgia were not perfect, but they were the best the country ever had, and within the accepted international standards. Well organised, competitive and fair elections now need to become a habit, so that politicians and voters alike can focus on policies and substance.
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Georgia's night of horrors
Georgia's night of horrors

Georgia's night of horrors

Commentary: For Georgia, the night of 8 to 9 October can be described as the return of the ghosts of the past, threatening to derail the country's significant, but still fragile, achievements in the process of democratic state-building
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Georgia's crazy opinion polls

Georgia's crazy opinion polls

As Georgia prepares to go to the polls on Saturday, 8 October, questions have again arisen about the reliability of opinion polls, and the possible manipulation of opinion and exit polls by different political forces.
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Commentary: Maintaining a peaceful environment ahead of Georgia’s election

Commentary: Maintaining a peaceful environment ahead of Georgia’s election

The United States Ambassador to Georgia, Ian Kelly, this week was quoted as describing the campaign ahead of the 8 October parliamentary elections as "very good and exemplary". Indeed, those familiar with Georgia's election history are pleasantly surprised, but point out that there are two weeks of campaigning yet, and of course election day itself, and surprises cannot be excluded.
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Georgians split for choice in upcoming elections

Georgians split for choice in upcoming elections

Dossier: With a spectrum of candidates ranging from hard line Stalinists to others who want to restore the monarchy, the Georgian electorate has much to choose from in the coming elections. But most Georgians are in no mood for adventures, and are likely to choose between the options they know best.