Honduran Presidential Elections
The conservative ruling party of
retained power, despite economic problems and a high crime rate, as a
conservative was elected to replace the outgoing conservative President. The party had taken power after the Chavist
former president was removed from power after trying to extend his term
unconstitutionally. The conservative
victory prevents the leftists inspired by former Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez
from gaining more ground in Latin America. The incoming leader is expected to work
aggressively to address Honduras’
will continue to work with the United
States in anti-drug efforts.
Nepalese Parliamentary Elections
No party won a majority in the Nepalese parliamentary elections. Of the three main parties, neither the Maoist Communists, nor the Marxist-Leninist Communists gained a plurality, while the old republican opposition party won the most votes. The result means the ruling Maoists, who had abolished the monarchy, will be unable to turn
into a totalitarian state. As the
monarchists also lost, Nepal
will remain a republic, at least for now, as the elections produced no clear
direction of leadership.
Formation of the German Government
Chancellor Angela Merkel, the leader of the conservative Christian Democrats, was finally able to form a grand coalition government with the left in order to retain power, as I had predicted. Although her party won the most votes in the German parliamentary elections, it came up short of a majority. Merkel had previously led a coalition government.
which are of critical importance for the European Monetary Union amidst its
debt crisis, are expected to continue.
Withdrawal of Forza Italia from the Italian Government
As expected, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi removed his newly-re-formed Forza Italia party from the Government of Premier Enrico Letta after the vote in the Senate to remove him from his seat in the upper chamber of the Italian Parliament because of his conviction for fraud. Letta’s center-left-right executive will remain in power, however, as several ministers from Berlusconi’s old party, the center-right People of Liberty Party, remained loyal to the grand coalition, as did a sufficient number of Members of Parliament to secure the confidence vote for the Government. Letta's Government will continue its policies of fiscal responsibility through a mix of spending cuts, economically stimulative spending programs and tax cuts, as well as electoral reform.