International General Elections – 2010

February 21, 2010

By Padmini Arhant

Congratulations! To the newly elected and the incumbents re-elected for the office of Presidency in their respective nations.

President of the State of Bolivia – Juan Evo Morales Ayma, the indigenous head of state and the incumbent President re-elected in December 2009 for a second term.
President Morales represents the MAS (Movement toward Socialism) political party.

President of the Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipović representing the Social Democratic Party of Croatia elected on January 10, 2010.

President-elect of the Republic of Chile – Sebastián Piñera, positioned Center-Right representing National Renewal Party, elected on January 17, 2010.

President-elect of Ukraine – Viktor Yanukovych, representing Party of Regions, Political Position – Centrist and Pro-Russian, elected on January 17, 2010.

President-elect of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, first female President, representing the National Liberation Party – Political Platform – Social Democracy and Green Politics, elected on February 7, 2010.

With reservations due to the undemocratic circumstances of the electoral process – the Sri Lankan election results presented as information only.

Incumbent President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, of the United People’s Freedom Alliance Party – decided to seek a fresh mandate prior to the expiration of his term in 2011,

To capitalize on the victory against the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), that represented the ethnic Tamils oppressed and persecuted since the ‘British rule’ departure from the Indian sub-continent.

President Mahinda Rajapaksha victory is highly disputed amid denial of war crime charges on ethnic cleansing of Sri Lankan Tamils specifically the brutal execution of unarmed men along with mass killings of unarmed civilians – women and children by barring foreign journalists and press media to evade international condemnation.

I wish the democratically elected leaders success during the political term and look forward to their contribution towards economic progress, environmental goals, social justice and regional stability.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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