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Should Japan Give Kids The Right To Vote?

That is one bold idea floated to prevent older voters from paralyzing the democracy and blocking necessary reforms for the future.

Of voting age...someday?
Of voting age...someday?
Yann Rousseau

TOKYO - Let’s give kids the right to vote. This is the bold proposal launched by Nikkei, the influential Japanese business newspaper concerned about the oppressive influence that older voters of the archipelago put on the political agenda of this aging nation.

Demographically controlling the elections, the elder Japanese would doom the country to neglect key structural reforms for its future in favor of focusing solely on current issues, the paper fears. Political experts, who have been pointing at the anemic number of young voters, argue that there is no more electoral appetite for projects evoking the protection of the welfare system, dealing with the soaring debt or the considering the future of education.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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