How is Coronavirus Affecting Democracy?

Sharon Chu explains how cancelling elections in response to the pandemic poses a threat to democracy.

“Postponing elections might just seem like a one-off, genuinely benevolent action, but it could set a terrible precedent and lead to democratic backsliding, especially in places where democracy is already under threat. We must not let this slide.”

Current Affairs

So what’s happening in Belarus?

Mass protests erupted in the former-Soviet republic following the announcement that President Alexander Lukashenko won Sunday’s presidential election with 80.2% of the vote whilst his rival,  Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, received only 9.9%.  Turnout is said to have reached 84.05%, a fall from 87.22% in the 2015 election. It is important to note that these are all Read More…