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Erdogan (second from left) celebrates victory with his ruling party in the local elections
Erdogan (second from left) celebrates victory with his ruling party in the local elections
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RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER VISITS CRIMEA
In the highest-level visit from Moscow since Crimea joined the Russian Federation, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrived in the region this morning, Ria Novosti reports. He announced that pensions and wages for public workers would be increased and that all residents would benefit from health insurance. Medvedev also explained that Crimea would become a “special economic zone” to attract more investors. Read more from RT.

  • This comes after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov failed to reach a deal on the Ukrainian crisis during a four-hour-long meeting in Paris, The New York Times reports. But the two leaders agreed that a political solution was the right way out and said they would continue to discuss it. Moscow believes, however, that Ukraine can no longer function as a “unified state” and should instead become a loose federation, The Guardian quotes Lavrov as saying. According to state broadcaster France Info, Lavrov will meet with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius today. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry told AFP that Russian troops have been ”gradually withdrawing” from the border over the past few days, with a senior military analyst saying that about 10,000 Russian soldiers were stationed there.

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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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